Vladimir Alexandrov discusses with Ivan two things which should be better known: both men who lived in Russia in the early part of the twentieth century.
Vladimir Alexandrov taught courses in Yale’s Slavic Department on nineteenth and twentieth-century Russian literature and culture from 1986 to 2018.
While preparing to teach a graduate seminar on Russian émigré culture, he discovered Frederick Bruce Thomas, which resulted in the 2013 biography The Black Russian, which is now being developed into a dramatic TV series. In 2021, he published To Break Russia’s Chains: Boris Savinkov and His Wars against the Tsar and the Bolsheviks, which is the biography of a remarkable revolutionary terrorist, political activist, government minister, and writer who has been described as “James Bond as written by Kafka.” Vladimir’s current project is a book about Russia’s little-known support for the Union during the American Civil War.
1. Frederick Bruce Thomas https://www.nybooks.com/articles/2013/10/10/vladimir-alexandrov-black-russian/