The Lexicon was written over the course of two years, one spent in Moscow, the other spent in New York City. It is an online novel, with no chronological beginning or end. By reading chapters from each of the two Lexicons and comparing them, the reader determines ten themes. Based on his comparisons, he comes up with the outcome.

Special thanks to Maxim Borisov and Mikhail Viesel.

Anna Arutunyan was born in Moscow in 1980, and has lived in the US since 1987. The author of several novels in English, she is currently living in Moscow, where she writes for the Russian Journal (, the Moscow Times, and Capital Perspective.