||The volume is dedicated to Professor Pekka Pesonen on the occasion of his sixtieth birthday. It includes 38 articles, written by Professor Pesonen’s friends and colleagues – Finnish, Estonian, Russian and American scholars and also representatives of Professor Pesonen’s Finnish School. The topics covered by the articles range from general and theoretical questions concerning mainly Russian literature, culture and semiotics to specific and detailed analyses of Russian literary his-tory. The thematic variety (varietas) reflects Professor Pesonen’s keen interest in the study of literature and culture, the semiotics of Russian cultural history and the analysis of Texts (literary and cultural) within their social contexts. But his interests never have been bounded only by the pure scientific goals and Pekka Pesonen is widely known as a translator, literary critic, great ad-mirer of Russian culture and a part of it himself. The unity and agreement (concordia) of these different approaches is to be found in а search for understanding, – understanding literature, un-derstanding the specifics of Russian culture. Ultimately, it is а quest for understanding the emer-gence and the narration of Texts in history.