The Universal Resource Locator

"The Universal Resource Locator" is "a combination epistolary-journalistic account of the upheavals that took place in Russia in the last two decades of the 20th Century. The letters tell a fragmentary story (both in Russian and in English) of an American woman living in St. Petersburg from 1981 to 1999. Her letters are set against the rush to exploit the resources of vast Russia during the breakup of the USSR.

The narrative was inspired by a stay in Russia as a visiting scholar – and the continuing friendships I developed with women there.

The work uses text, image, sound, Flash panels, and a structural space to allow the story to unfold.

The narrator, at the end, says: Between the lines of a few simple letters, a story of love. The news reports a country in decline, rumors of government chaos, abandoned hidden cities, economic boom followed by unexpected collapse.But I have been distracted, ill for much of the year. You may judge for yourself." -- Marjorie Luesebrink


The Marjorie C. Luesebrink Collection

An unpublished copy.

Preserved with ruffle.js by the Electronic Literature Lab. Marjorie Luesebrink donated this work to the Electronic Literature Lab in September of 2021.