Bryan Karetnyk

The perils of permissiveness

29 July 2023 9:00 am

The erotic adventures of a teenager who finally meets her match became a succès de scandale in 1920, and will still raise eyebrows today

Ballet comes of age with Sergei Diaghilev

10 September 2022 9:00 am

‘What exactly is it you do?’ asked a bamboozled King Alfonso XIII of Spain upon meeting Sergei Diaghilev at a…

Reclaiming the siege of Leningrad from the Russian state: Living Pictures reviewed

16 July 2022 9:00 am

Take the Red Line north, heading out of St Petersburg, and you’ll eventually reach Courage Square on the city’s outskirts…

Hitting the buffers: The Passenger, by Ulrich Alexander Boschwitz, reviewed

15 May 2021 9:00 am

‘They’ll slowly undress us first and then kill us, so our clothes won’t get bloody and our banknotes won’t get…

Looking back on Baku

4 May 2019 9:00 am

The discovery of oil in Baku brought Ummulbanu Asadullayeva’s family respect if not respectability. Peasant-born, her grandparents ranked by the…