Mikhail Gordin left on March 17, 2015.
(photo by N. Gordina)
Misha's ashes have been scattered in the Neva, not far from the place he grew up and the area in Petrogradsky Island he cherished.
On June 19, 2017, Andrei Zaitsev and I went to visit Misha. It was a sunny summer day. We were surrounded by tourists walking and talking, and by seagulls singing and dancing. In front of us, the Neva was serein, majestic.
Farewell, Misha. As long as I see the Neva, I know you are over there.
☞ In Memoriam: Mikhail Gordin page at University of Connecticut
☞ In Memoriam: Mikhail Gordin page at St. Petersburg Mathematical Society
Image from Fyodor Dostoevsky Literary Memorial Museum. Background photos by myself: (left) Lake (1899-1900), Isaac Levitan, State Russian Museum; (right) State Hermitage Museum & the Neva.
□ The City on the Neva
□ Canals and Bridges
□ Noble Spirits
□ The Idiot and Poor Folk
□ Peterhof, Pavlovsk, Repino
□ The Rest is Silence (you are currently on this page)