Коммунальная квартира

Communal Living in Russia: A Virtual Museum of Soviet Everyday Life is “an online ethnographic museum” exploring the Soviet коммуналка (communal apartment). This bilingual site contains video tours of communal apartments, audio clips of residents’ stories and conversations, essays, documents (notes, announcements, and letters), scenes from feature films, and book excerpts that are accompanied by summaries, transcripts with English translations, background information, and photographs. Independent learners can delve into the extensive resources available on this impressive virtual museum on their own; teachers can create “tours” using the site’s artifacts, or have their students do so for a class project.

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