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  • Invitation to a Beheadingby Vladimir Nabokov

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 15.00

    Like Kafka's The Castle, Invitation to a Beheading embodies a vision of a bizarre and irrational world. In an unnamed dream country, the young man Cincinnatus C. is condemned to death by beheading for "gnostical turpitude." an imaginary crime that defies definition. Cincinnatus spends his last days in an absurd jail, where he is visited by chimerical... more...

  • If There is Something to Desireby Vera Pavlova; Steven Seymour

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2012; US$ 18.00

    I broke your heart. / Now barefoot I tread / on shards. Such is the elegant simplicity?a whole poem in ten words, vibrating with image and emotion?of the best-selling Russian poet Vera Pavlova. The one hundred poems in this book, her first full-length volume in English, all have the same salty immediacy, as if spoken by a woman who feels that, as... more...

  • Resurrectionby Leo Tolstoy; Rosemary Edmonds; Rosemary Edmonds

    Penguin Books Ltd 2004; US$ 15.98

    Serving on a jury at the trial of a prostitute arrested for murder, Prince Nekhlyudov is horrified to discover that the accused is a woman he had once loved, seduced and then abandoned when she was a young servant girl. Racked with guilt at realizing he was the cause of her ruin, he determines to appeal for her release or give up his own way of life... more...

  • Netochka Nezvanovaby Fyodor Dostoyevsky

    Penguin Books Ltd 2006; US$ 19.20

    Netochka Nezvanova - a 'Nameless Nobody' - tells the story of a childhood dominated by her stepfather, Efimov, a failed musician who believes he is a neglected genius. The young girl is strangely drawn to this drunken ruin of a man, who exploits her and drives the family to poverty. But when she is rescued by an aristocratic family, the abuse against... more...

  • The Grand Inquisitorby Fyodor Dostoyevsky

    Penguin Books Ltd 2009; US$ 7.98

    Vividly imagining the second coming and capture of Christ during the time of the Spanish Inquisition, this parable recounted in The Brothers Karamazov is a profound, nuanced exploration of faith, suffering, human nature and free will. Included here too are Dostoyevsky's powerful and disturbing writings about his time in exile at a Siberian prison... more...

  • The Hedgehog And The Foxby Isaiah Berlin

    Orion 2011; Not Available

    'The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.' This fragment of Archilochus, which gives this book its title, describes the central thesis of Isaiah Berlin's masterly essay on Tolstoy. There have been various interpretations of Archilochus' fragment; Isaiah Berlin has simply used it, without implying anything about the true meaning... more...

  • The Hedgehog And The Foxby Isaiah Berlin

    Orion 2011; US$ 16.01

    'The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.' This fragment of Archilochus, which gives this book its title, describes the central thesis of Isaiah Berlin's masterly essay on Tolstoy. There have been various interpretations of Archilochus' fragment; Isaiah Berlin has simply used it, without implying anything about the true meaning... more...

  • “A Friendly Letter to Lenin”, “Ninochka”, and Other Short Stories by Arkady Averchenkoby Igor Gregory Kozak

    The Edwin Mellen Press 2010; US$ 159.95

    This work is the first English translation of a selected collection of short stories by Arkady Averchenko (1881-1925), the prolific writer of satirical and humorous prose in prerevolutionary Russia. more...

  • My Lifeby Anton Chekhov; Constance Garnett

    Melville House 2012; US$ 10.00

    ...perhaps I was not living as I ought. Renowned as the greatest short story writer ever, Anton Chekhov was also a master of the novella, and perhaps his most overlooked is this gem, My Life ?the tale of a rebellious young man so disgusted with bourgeois society that he drops out to live amongst the working classes, only to find himself confronted... more...

  • Vladimir Nabokovby David Rampton

    Palgrave Macmillan 2012; US$ 95.00

    A clearly written, insightful study of Nabokov the novelist, providing an expert analysis of the 17 novels he wrote during a career spanning more than 50 years: one of the most impressive, challenging, and controversial literary achievements of our time. more...