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1st Edition

The Routledge Intermediate Russian Reader

ISBN 9780415678872
Published July 16, 2015 by Routledge
306 Pages

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Book Description

The Routledge Intermediate Russian Reader has been specially designed for intermediate, upper intermediate and advanced learners of Russian and comprises a wide range of graded readings.

The materials include authentic extracts from mass media and literature by renowned modern writers such as A. Slapovsky, E. Grishkovets, A. Starobinets and M. Shishkin. The texts have been specifically selected to ensure that students receive maximum exposure to topics relevant to Russian language, history, culture and society, making the Reader an engaging and stimulating resource with a meaningful cultural context.

Each reading is supported by:

  • a general introduction
  • supportive exercises consolidating students’ knowledge of frequent grammar and vocabulary structures from the texts
  • text related comprehension questions and classroom tasks to help students build up strong and productive spoken and written skills
  • a vocabulary list with English translation and answer key to the exercises for helpful reference
  • lists for further reading, suggested topics for essays and discussions and internet research tasks to encourage proactive further learning.

Suitable for both class use and independent study, The Routledge Intermediate Russian Reader is an essential tool for increasing language proficiency, developing reading skills and enriching learners’ cultural knowledge.

Internet links to the tasks are available at

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements. About the Book. 1. Нечитающая страна? 2. Реклама и объявления 3. По материалам СМИ 4. Алексей Слаповский. Рассказы 5. Даниил Хармс 6. Геннадий Гор. «Маня» 7. Андрей Зорин. «Ничему нельзя научиться в душной аудитории» 8. Почему в Москву возвращаются те, кто долго жил за границей 9. Евгений Гришковец. «Америка» 10. Герман Карпов. «Великое посольство и первое заграничное путешествие Петра I» 11. Евгений Цымбал. «Я хочу исправить историческую несправедливость» 12. Дмитрий Витковский. «Полжизни» 13. «Валить или не валить?» 14. Виктор Есипов. «Четыре жизни Василия Аксенова» 15. Василий Аксенов. «Победа» 16. Михаил Шишкин. «Венерин волос» 17. Анна Старобинец. «В хорошие руки» 18. Максим Кронгауз. «Русский язык на грани нервного срыва». Abbreviations. Appendices. Key to Exercises.

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Lydia Buravova is Senior Teaching Fellow in Russian in the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at University College London, UK.

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