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Monthly Archives: November 2010

“Hermit Wanted” – short story

“Hermit Wanted” by British writer Mick Jackson is a short story about an ornamental hermit in a contemporary setting. The Guardian offers a downloadable podcast reading by Prunella Scales (22:16). Summary from the website: When Giles and Virginia buy a big old house in the country, they decide to run it in grand style, complete […]

Agafya Lykov, Siberian hermit

The website English Russia offers many fascinating photos of Agafya Lykov, who lived with her family in isolation in the Siberian taiga. The family went to Siberia in 1937 and was “discovered” in 1978, as described in the book Lost in the Taiga by Vassily Peskov, reviewed by Hermitary. The family of Old Believers fled […]

Georgia hilltop hermit

This brief (1 and a half minute) BBC video report, “Monk’s Search for Solitude on Georgia Hilltop,” describes 55-year old Orthodox monk Fr. Maxime Kavtaradze’s efforts to rebuild and move into a stark hilltop skete to live alone as a hermit. A monk in a remote part of Georgia has decided to seek extra solitude […]

De Wint’s “Landscape with Lightning and a Hermit”

The English painter Peter de Wint (1784-1849) depicted landscapes in the romantic style of the era: wide expanses full of air, sky, and a salt breeze. “Landscape With Lightning and a Hermit” is a rugged vista of a hermit in a wild landscape, its scale reminiscent of a Chinese painting. Housed at the Victoria & […]