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  • Dead Soulsby Nikolai Gogol

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 16.00

    Since its publication in 1842, Dead Souls has been celebrated as a supremely realistic portrait of provincial Russian life and as a splendidly exaggerated tale; as a paean to the Russian spirit and as a remorseless satire of imperial Russian venality, vulgarity, and pomp. As Gogol's wily antihero, Chichikov, combs the back country wheeling and dealing... more...

  • English Rhythms in Russian Verse: On the Experiment of Joseph Brodskyby Nila Friedberg

    De Gruyter Mouton 2011; US$ 154.00

    It is often said that the Russian poet Joseph Brodsky "sounds English" when he writes in Russian, yet, it is far from clear what this statement really means. Using evidence from an unusually wide variety of disciplines and approaches, the book investigates the form and semantic aura of Brodsky's experimental rhythm and proposes a new approach to analyzing... more...

  • The Dead Feel No Painby Joseph P. Mozur

    The Edwin Mellen Press 2010; US$ 159.95

    This book is one of few works by a Soviet writer that provides an honest portrayal of the life of a Soviet foot soldier on the Eastern front in World War II. Aside from the brilliant depiction of life at the front, it reveals how members of Stalin’s secret police transformed themselves into war heroes and began to resurrect Stalinism, following... more...

  • Dossier Kby Imre Kertesz; Tim Wilkinson

    Melville House 2013; US$ 18.95

    The first and only memoir from the Nobel Prize?winning author, in the form of an illuminating, often funny, and often combative interview?with himself Dossier K. is Imre Kertész?s response to the hasty biographies and profiles that followed his 2002 Nobel Prize for Literature?an attempt to set the record straight.  The result is an extraordinary... more...

  • The Captain's Daughterby Alexander Pushkin; Robert Chandler; Elizabeth Chandler

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2012; US$ 12.95

    Famous for his enormously influential poetry and plays, Alexander Pushkin is also beloved for his short stories. This collection showcases his tremendous range, which enabled him to portray the Russian people through romance, drama, and satire. The sparkling humor of the five ?Tales of Belkin? contrasts with a dark fable of gambling and obsessive greed... more...

  • The Dostoevsky Encyclopediaby Kenneth Lantz

    ABC-CLIO 2004; US$ 110.95

    One of the greatest writers of all time, Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881) is best known for such masterpieces as Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov . His works are widely read and studied today, and he has received much biographical and critical attention. Like many other writers of enduring literature, he engages timeless moral and theological... more...

  • Tolstoy and the Religious Culture of His Timeby Inessa Medzhibovskaya

    Lexington Books 2009; US$ 44.99

    Part intellectual biography and part history of religious ideas in genre, this book covers a range of topics such as conversion in the age of modernity, conversion and the fate of realist art, and Tolstoy's conversion in the context of religious and literary history of his homeland and Europe. While seriously rethinking the chronology and dynamic of... more...

  • Chekhovby Philip Callow

    Ivan R. Dee 2001; US$ 17.99

    A major achievement?Callow examines Chekhov's life within the context of the evolution of his art, making the reader acutely aware of the hidden ground from which his work sprang and on which his life stood. A beautifully written biography by a novelist, poet, and biographer. more...

  • Historical Dictionary of Russian Literatureby Jonathan Stone

    Scarecrow Press 2012; US$ 94.99

    The Historical Dictionary of Russian Literature contains a chronology, an introductory essay, appendixes, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 100 cross-referenced entries on significant people, themes, critical issues, and the most significant genres that have formed Russian Literature. This book is an excellent access... more...

  • The Most Dangerous Artby Donald Loewen

    Lexington Books 2007; US$ 34.99

    The book shows how three of Russia's most important twentieth century poets used autobiographical prose to defend poetry and the poet in an era when poetry was under attack. It juxtaposes these autobiographies with each other and with the culturo-political events that followed Russia's 1917 October Revolution in a way that has never previously been... more...