Footnotes to the novel "Alexander Art.I am Art. (The True Story of an Emissary from Eternity).

1  Osip Mandelstam (1891 - 1938) – one of the most significant Russian poets of the XX century.

 

2  George Orwell (actual name Eric Arthur Blair, 1903 - 1950.) – English writer and publicist.

 

3 Paraphrenic – a person who suffers from paraphrenia, the most severe type of delusional syndrome, characterized by a combination of delusions of grandeur and delusions of influence. The afflicted have delusions of grandiosity, with fantastic abilities, but also experience the feeling of outside influences or are convinced that they themselves exert this kind of influence.

 

4  The ISO is a combination of aperture and shutter speed that determines the right exposure given the conditions of a particular shoot.

 

5  Khrushchevki – a type of three- or five-storied apartment buildings, which were constructed in many Soviet cities and towns in 1960s and received their unofficial title by the name of the head of the Soviet government Nikita Khrushchev.

 

6  Guest from the Future – popular Soviet children's adventure film, where the heroes of the film use a special technical device called melophone to travel into the future and back.

 

7 Tyutchev Fyodor Ivanovich (1803-1873) - great Russian poet.

 

8 Kruchenykh Aleksei (1886-1968) - Russian futurist poet of the «Silver Age», introduced into poetry his own abstract, pointless language, where chipped words, half-words and different combinations of letters were used.

 

9 In Slavic languages a patronymic is part of a person’s official name, and is used in conjunction with the first name as a form of address. It is derived by adding a suffix to the father’s first name.

 

10 In Russia children commonly use words "uncle" and "aunt" not only for their relatives, but for other adults. They also use words "grandmother" and "grandfather" for calling old people.

 

11  Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn (1918 – 2008) – Russian novelist, historian, poet, critic of Soviet totalitarianism.

 

12  Sovok - a slang term used to refer to the Soviet Union or a person who is a supporter of the Soviet way of life.

 

13  From Bella Akhmadulina, “Over My Street For…”.Translated by Yevgeny Bonner. 

 

14  In Russian the cognate word to the word man. Used to express attitude to a minor person does not deserve respect.

 

15  Alexander Mikhaylovich Gerasimov (1881- 1963) a leading proponent of Socialist Realism in the visual arts, a favorite painter of Joseph Stalin.

 

16  «Ukrainian evening» - the painting of Russian and Ukrainian artist Kuindji A.I. (1841/1842—1910), was painted in 1878. This painting is part of the collection of the State Russian Museum.

 

17  The auther means the painting by Ural Tansykbaev (1904 – 1974) an Uzbek painter of Kazakh descent, which is often called the Uzbek Gauguin. 

 

18 Here the author refers to a variety of fine works painted by different artists at different times.

 

19  Alexander Vertinsky (1889 - 1957) the most popular singer of Russia’s «Silver Age», poet, composer, and actor.

 

20  Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873 - 1943) a famous Russian composer, conductor and one of the finest pianists of his day. 

 

21  The expression “doesn’t dance near you” in Russian means that the person cannot compete with you as you are so much better. 

 

22  It was common practice in many families in the Soviet era to have their children recite verses or sing for guests – often while standing on a stool.

 

23  Babischa: a course, uneducated woman.

 

24  Tattoos such as these are done only in prison and designate underworld status. If an ordinary person dares to acquire tattoos such as these, they risk their life doing so.

25 Schoolatarium - this new word is created from two words - school and serpentarium.

 

25  Оnychophagia - nail biting, oral compulsive habit, which is considered as an impulse control disorder.

 

26  Repin, Shishkin, Ivanov, Bryullov, Surikov, Vasnetsov, Kramskoy, Vrubel, Levitan and Nesterov - famous Russian artists.

 

27  PTU – vocational technical school in Russia.

 

28  Debiliator – the author is referring to the TV.

 

29  A brick is an economic relic of the 90s – the highest evolutionary stage from the species Homo Speculatus" or simply put, "shuttles". Shuttles are wholesale sellers who dragged around big, plaid duffles reminiscent of Scottish kilts, stuffed with goods from abroad to meet the toughest consumer hunger within Russia at the time, a throwback to the USSR. The evolutionary pyramid of this species looked like this: the brick buys the goods, his assistant – the lantern, oversees the "help" - the submissive porters. They can be found this very day in the Russian regions bordering China.