The poetry section of the issue presents poems by Inna Kabysh and Lev Rubinshtein, as well as a poem by Lev Gumilev, "A Dispute on Happiness" (afterward by I. Pitlyar).
We are publishing a short story by Galina Shcherbakova, "At the Lying Women's Feet", as well as the "Kolyma Stories" by Lilia Streltsova and the short story "The Last Show" by Yuri Chernyakov.
In the section "New Translations" we are publishing the short story "Cemeterization" by James Vladimir Gill (translation by Dmitry Chekalov, afterward by Aleksandr Kushner).
The section "Writer's Diary" presents polemical notes by Yuri Kublanovsky, "Does It Hurt the Dead?".
The articles "Russian Economics at the Crossroads" by V. Volkonsky and G. Pirogov and "New Trade Unions Tempted by Fascism" by Evgeny Starikov occupy the section "Publicistics".
The section "Times and Customs" presents the works by Sergei Averintsev, "My Nostalgia", and by Sergei Kostyrko, "A Stalin Prize Winner's House".
In the section "Diaries. Memoirs" we are beginning to publish the second book of memoirs by Naum Korzhavin, "In Temptations of the Bloody Epoch" (to be ended in No 2), as well as some extracts from Thomas mann's diaries (translation by Igor Ebanoidze).
The section "Literary Criticism" presents an article by Natalya Ivanova, "Between. A Place of Criticism in the Press and Literature".
Notes by Aleksandr Arkhangelsky, "The Ashes of Waned Polemics", are to be found in the section "By the Way".
In the section "Book Review" Pavel Basinsky reviews a new narrative by Viktor Astafyev; Andrei Aryev reviews the anthology "The Late Poets of Petersburg".
In the section "Editor's Mail" A. Silin writes about the harm and use of TV; N. Lebedeva writes on the problems of national psychology; L. Chudova comments on the publication of memoirs by Ye. Eiges (1995, No 9).
In the section "Briefly About Books" Galina Bashkirova reviews the notes by Russian pilgrims of the 12th-20th centuries, as well as the album of old photographs of the town of Bogorodsk (today's Noginsk).
In the section "Foreign Books About Russia" Renata Galtseva annotates the book "The Forbidden Image, an Intellectual History of Iconoclasm" by Alain Besanзon.
The issue also includes our traditional sections "Bookshelf" and "Periodics".