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Hello, and welcome to Los Cuadernos de Julia blog!

Los Cuadernos de Julia is an Arts and Culture blog that came into being on August 24th, 2006. Despite its primary focus, the blog often considers various topics in Art, Photography, History and Cinema from a philosophical angle. Hence it is not so much about exhibitions and art events, movements or personalities but about their place in a wider context of Philosophy and Humanities. 

The author of the blog, Julia Shuvalova, is a writer, poet and translator, whose experience outside of Literature embraces Journalism, Advertising and Teaching. She was born in Moscow, spent nearly a decade in the UK, and is now back in the capital of her home country where she lives and works. 

Here are reflections on the News, on England and Russia, Julia’s own work, and even Quotes – in additional to longreads on nearly all topics in the world. Featured Posts are at the top of the blog, there are Related Posts to every article. You may also be interested in Video and Audio, and there’s a Russian-language site, as well. Any other additions will be mentioned here. 

Los Cuadernos de Julia was conceived as an open notebook and has generally succeeded at being a sketchy kind of narrative that follows physical, intellectual and mental peregrinations of its author. In this, it is a very personal account of world events, historical anecdotes and cultural occasions, which is shaped by the author’s two degrees in History and a varied experience in Arts, Media, Advertising, and Education. A dozen of interviews, original or translated, may also be found here and there under a special category. The blog was awarded a Google Blog of Note on August 24, 2009. There are over 1500 posts on the blog, so feel free to dive deep into the blog’s past.

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Los Cuadernos de Julia was awarded a Google Blog of Note on the day of the blog’s 3rd anniversary in August 2009

The author, Julia Shuvalova, is a writer and translator, fluent in a few European languages, in love with world culture. She has published a couple of books as a translator, two collections of essays and poems as an author, and has numerous publications as a poet and journalist. She lives in Moscow, skis in winter, and winds down with the knitting, surrounded by her pets.

Posts in Russian are available on a subdomain accessible via the menu.

The author is always happy to make a report about an interesting event or occasion, to do an interview, or to be interviewed. Please email her with details.

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  • The abnormally low temperatures in Moscow have brought spectacularly bright sunsets. The red glow against the frozen sky amazes and terrifies the viewer. Like I wrote a few years ago, the terror that industrial architecture can instill in its observer fades in contrast to the elements. The sunset […]
  • I’ve chosen the religious name for Russian Christmas this year. Indeed, I wanted to stress the religious aspect of this holiday in Russia. So many people visit churches on January 6th and 7th, post themed cards and images on social networks, exchange them in messengers! There are lots […]
  • It’s been -27 in Moscow all day on January 6th. On a day like this one wants to stay home and to watch the life going by… As I’m writing this, there are some fireworks outside. I went out shortly, got myself the daily planner I wanted, bought […]
  • Minus 27 is forecast in Moscow this weekend. This doesn’t sound particularly exciting, and I’m bracing myself and my dogs. But… it’s good and wholesome. Frost is a check on our ability to accept our limitations and fears. The post Waiting for the Frost appeared first on Los […]
  • After January 1st Russians begin to prepare to the holiday of Nativity of Jesus Christ. It is interesting to observe the difference in traditions and approaches to the celebration of the turn of the year. In the West, Christmas comes first, then New Year, and then the work […]
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