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  • My Lifeby Sofia Andreevna Tolstaya; Andrew Donskov; John Woodsworth; Arkadi Klioutchanski

    University of Ottawa Press 2011; US$ 44.99

    The Modern Language Association (MLA) awarded the Lois Roth Award to John Woodsworth and Arkadi Klioutchanski of the University of Ottawa’s Slavic Research Group for their translation of Sofia Andreevna Tolstaya’s My Life memoirs. My Life was selected among the top 100 non-fiction works of 2010 by The Globe and Mail. It has also won an honourable... more...

  • Russian Village Proseby Kathleen F. Parthé

    Princeton University Press 1992; US$ 29.95 US$ 27.25

    Kathleen Parth offers the first comprehensive examination of the controversial literary movement Russian Village Prose. From the 1950s to the decline of the movement in the 1970s, Valentin Rasputin, Fedor Abramov, and other writers drew on "luminous" memories of their rural childhoods to evoke a thousand-year-old pattern of life that was disappearing... more...

  • The Brothers Karamazovby Fyodor Dostoevsky; Richard Pevear; Larissa Volokhonsky

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2002; US$ 12.60

    Winner of the Pen/Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Prize The Brothers Karamasov is a murder mystery, a courtroom drama, and an exploration of erotic rivalry in a series of triangular love affairs involving the “wicked and sentimental” Fyodor Pavlovich Karamazov and his three sons—the impulsive and sensual Dmitri; the coldly rational Ivan; and... more...

  • Dead Soulsby Nikolai Gogol

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 17.00

    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...

  • Transnational Russian-American Travel Writingby Margarita Marinova

    Taylor and Francis 2012; US$ 54.95

    In this study, Marinova examines the diverse practices of crossing boundaries, tactics of translation, and experiences of double and multiple political and national attachments evident in texts about Russo-American encounters from the end of the American Civil War to the Russian Revolution of 1905. Marinova brings together published writings, archival... more...

  • Russian Short Stories from Pushkin to Buidaby Robert Chandler

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 15.50

    From the reign of the Tsars in the early 19th century to the collapse of the Soviet Union and beyond, the short story has long occupied a central place in Russian culture. Included are pieces from many of the acknowledged masters of Russian literature - including Pushkin, Turgenev, Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, and Solzhenitsyn - alongside tales by long-suppressed... more...

  • The Queen of Spades and Other Storiesby Alexander Pushkin; Rosemary Edmonds

    Penguin Books Ltd 2004; US$ 15.50

    The Queen of Spades, one of his most popular and chilling short stories, tells of an inveterate card player who develops a dangerous obsession with the secret of an old lady's luck, which he believes will bring him the wealth he craves. The Negro of Peter the Great, a story based on the life Pushkin's own great-grandfather, is a vivid depiction - and... 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...

  • The Captain's Daughterby Alexander Pushkin; Natalie Duddington; T. Keane

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2012; US$ 14.00

    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...

  • Strong Opinionsby Vladimir Nabokov

    Penguin Books Ltd 2012; US$ 16.91

    Nabokov begins his Strong Opinions : 'I think like a genius, I write like a distinguished author, and I speak like a child.' In the interviews collected here - covering everything from his own burgeoning literary celebrity to Kubrick's Lolita to lepidoptery - he is never casual or off-guard. Instead he insisted on receiving questions in advance... more...