WHY RUSSIANS LOVE HEMINGWAY It’s not the guileless body-puncher sentences that translate so effortlessly and well and sound like originals in Russian. It’s not the (vaguely) simpatico politics, of which way too much was made. It’s not the Cuba connection either, or the unspoken Russian need you sometimes sense for An American We Can Really Understand. All of that is real enough, sure, but it’s actually this, the sensation conveyed right here: “I knew I was quite drunk, and when I came in I put on the light over the head of the bed and started to read. I was reading a book by Turgenieff. Probably I read the same two pages over several times. It was one of the stories in ‘A Sportsman's Sketches.’ I had read it before, but it seemed quite new. The country became very clear and the feeling of pressure in my head seemed to loosen. […] “I turned on the light again and read. I read the Turgenieff. I knew that now, reading it in the oversensitized state of my mind after much too much brandy, I would remember it somewhere, and afterward it would seem as though it had really happened to me. I would always have it…” -- “The Sun Also Rises” (1926), Chapter 14
A Princeton PhD, was a U.S. diplomat for over 20 years, mostly in Central/Eastern Europe, and was promoted to the Senior Foreign Service in 1997. He has taught courses for many years at Georgetown University pertaining to propaganda and public diplomacy. He currently shares ideas on the theme "E Pluribus Unum? What Keeps the United States United" to Eurasian/European delegates participating in the "Open World" program.
Brown’s articles have appeared in numerous publications. A recent piece is “Janus-Faced Public Diplomacy: Creel and Lippmann During the Great War” (published in Nontraditional U.S. Public Diplomacy: Past, Present, and Future).
He is the author (with S. Grant) of The Russian Empire and the USSR: A Guide to Manuscripts and Archival Materials in the United States. He also served as an editor/translator of a joint U.S.-Soviet publication, The Establishment of Russian-American Relations, 1765-1815.