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  • Netochka Nezvanovaby Fyodor Dostoyevsky

    Penguin Books Ltd 2006; US$ 20.40

    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$ 8.48

    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...

  • Resurrectionby Leo Tolstoy; Rosemary Edmonds; Rosemary Edmonds

    Penguin Books Ltd 2004; US$ 16.98

    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...

  • Dostoevsky's The Idiotby Gary Carey

    John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2001; US$ 4.50

    In The Idiot , Prince Myshkin, a saintly man, is thrust into the heart of a society obsessed with wealth, power, and sexual conquest. He soon finds himself at the center of a violent love triangle in which a notorious woman and a beautiful young girl become rivals for his affections. Extortion, scandal, and murder follow, as Dostoevsky's "positively... more...

  • Solzhenitsyn's One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitchby Franz G. Blaha

    John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 1986; US$ 5.99

    The original CliffsNotes study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background. The latest generation of titles in this series also feature glossaries and visual elements that complement the classic, familiar format. In CliffsNotes on One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, you explore... more...

  • Tolstoy's War and Peaceby Marianne Sturman

    John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 1967; US$ 5.99

    The original CliffsNotes study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background. The latest generation of titles in this series also feature glossaries and visual elements that complement the classic, familiar format. In CliffsNotes on War and Peace, you discover Leo Tolstoy's masterpiece... more...

  • Tolstoy's Anna Kareninaby Marianne Sturman

    John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 1999; US$ 5.99

    The original CliffsNotes study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background. CliffsNotes on Anna Karenina delves into the complex web of relationships in Tolstoy’s epic novel. As the characters unfold, this novel draws you into the lives of Karenin, Anna, and others as they struggle... more...

  • Problems of Dostoevsky’s Poeticsby Mikhail Bakhtin; Caryl Emerson; Caryl Emerson

    University of Minnesota Press 1984; US$ 60.00

    This book is not only a major twentieth-century contribution to Dostoevsky?s studies, but also one of the most important theories of the novel produced in our century. As a modern reinterpretation of poetics, it bears comparison with Aristotle. more...

  • Reading Chekhovby Janet Malcolm

    Random House Publishing Group 2007; US$ 11.99

    To illuminate the mysterious greatness of Anton Chekhov?s writings, Janet Malcolm takes on three roles: literary critic, biographer, and journalist. Her close readings of the stories and plays are interwoven with episodes from Chekhov?s life and framed by an account of Malcolm?s journey to St. Petersburg, Moscow, and Yalta. She writes of Chekhov?s... more...

  • A Writer at Warby Vasily Grossman

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 13.99

    When the Germans invaded Russia in 1941, Vasily Grossman became a special correspondent for the Red Star , the Soviet Army's newspaper, and reported from the frontlines of the war. A Writer at War depicts in vivid detail the crushing conditions on the Eastern Front, and the lives and deaths of soldiers and civilians alike. Witnessing some of the... more...