With joyless prose about joyless people, Jonat


cried reading Jonathan Safran Foer’s first novel. I’ve never admitted that before, not even to my wife. Well, it’s true, babe. There I was, on the uptown C train as it rattled through Manhattan, shedding tears into “Everything Is Illuminated” as the shtetl Trachimbrod loses its residents to the Holocaust. I had started the novel in laughter at the broken-English braggadocio of tour guide Alex Perchov; now I was bawling, a testament to the young writer’s alacrity — and also to the mood of New York City in that fall of 2002, to our desire to shift sorrow onto something other than the pile of rubble downtown. If the Strokes were the perfect post-9/11 band, then Foer was the perfect post-9/11 novelist.

Foer’s latest novel, “Here I Am,” is his third, and it was as wrenching to read as his first, only in ways the author could not have intended. At 592 pages of upper-middle class realism, it is an utterly enervating read, an inter

When it is not just about talent


e like a genius born in what place. When it is not just about talent, even if uncommon, but a genius, involving huge internal force that drives people forward, in spite of any obstacles: time, distance, envy and hatred, – the nature of genius does not allow its owner lost any sand, or snow, or in the sea or in the forest, because its purpose – to reveal his genius the world, and then go away, leaving the memory of himself in the hearts of men.
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Gastronomic tours in Russian become hits


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Gastronomic tours in Russia are becoming increasingly popular. During the first 8 months of this year the number of sales of such proposals has increased by 26%. Leaders among the areas – Tatarstan, Tver, Kaliningrad, Moscow, as well as trips to the Golden Ring.

Two years ago, sales of gastronomic trips to Russia were a single character, and now they established a consistently high demand, say representatives of the tourism industry. According to the World Tourism Organization, Russia may soon become one of the world’s leading gastronomic tourism.

It is noted that travelers spend more than 25% of their holiday budget on food, so it is often a desire to try the local cuisine determines route selection (about a third of cases). And as in every Russian region has its own traditional dishes, some travelers are interested no less than the sights.

Culinary tourism in Russia stimulate different food festivals that take place in many regions of the country. And one of the most promising areas is considered to be a wine tourism, otmechaettelekanal “Country”.

stestvenno, most of the tourists arrive in the southern part of Russia. There Crimean wine fans choose enotury in Massandra, which produces ten million bottles a year, and in future it is planned to increase the volume by four times. Tourists visiting the vineyards, plant, visit the famous wine collection – the repository of rare specimens.