Thursday, June 24, 2010

Two Things I Learned Today: Russia

From disparate sources:
  • One (from the notes to my edition of Dostoesvsky's The Idiot): Russians legalized dueling for the first time in 1894.
  • Two (from Elif Batuman, The Possessed): Among items confiscated by Stalin's thugs when they arrested the writer Isaac Babel in 1938: "Duck for bath"--a rubber ducky?

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