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RUSSIAN AND EASTERN EUROPEAN

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THE COMPLETE PROSE OF ALEXANDER PUSHKIN

Format: Hardcover, 512 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 11/22/2016

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-95962-1

From the award-winning translators: the complete prose narratives of the most acclaimed Russian writer of the Romantic era and one of the world's greatest storytellers. 

The father of Russian literature, Pushkin is beloved not only for his poetry but also for his brilliant stories, which range from dramatic tales of love, obsession, and betrayal to dark fables and sparkling comic masterpieces, from satirical epistolary tales and romantic adventures in the manner of Sir Walter Scott to...

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Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 03/22/2016

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-94987-5

In 1849, Dostoevsky was sentenced to four years at hard labor in a Siberian prison camp for participating in a socialist discussion group. The novel he wrote after his release, based on notes he smuggled out, not only brought him fame, but also founded the tradition of Russian prison writing. Notes from a Dead House (sometimes translated as The House of the Dead) depicts brutal punishments, feuds, betrayals, and the psychological effects of confinement, but it also reveals the moments of...

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Written by OSIP MANDELSTAM
Translator ANDREW DAVIS

Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages

Publisher: NYRB Poets

On Sale: 01/05/2016

Price: $12.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-17910-9

Osip Mandelstam is one of the greatest of twentieth-century poets and Voronezh Notebooks, a sequence of poems composed between 1935 and 1937 when he was living in internal exile in the Soviet city of Voronezh, is his last and most exploratory work. Meditating on death and survival, on power and poetry, on marriage, madness, friendship, and memory, challenging Stalin between lines that are full of the sights and sounds of the steppes, blue sky and black earth, the roads, winter breath, spring...

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Written by VLADIMIR NABOKOV

Format: Hardcover, 864 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 11/03/2015

Price: $40.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-59336-8

The letters of the great writer to his wife—gathered here for the first time—chronicle a decades-long love story and document anew the creative energies of an artist who was always at work.

No marriage of a major twentieth-century writer is quite as beguiling as that of Vladimir Nabokov’s to Véra Slonim. She shared his delight in life’s trifles and literature’s treasures, and he rated her as having the best and quickest sense of humor of any woman he had met. From their first encounter in...

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Format: Hardcover, 336 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 03/24/2015

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-95959-1

From the acclaimed translators Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky comes a new translation of the first great prison memoir: Fyodor Dostoevsky’s fictionalized account of his life-changing penal servitude in Siberia. 

In 1849 Dostoevsky was sentenced to four years at hard labor in a Siberian prison camp for his participation in a utopian socialist discussion group. The account he wrote after his release, based on notes he smuggled out, was the first book to reveal life inside the Russian...

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Written by ALEKSANDAR TISMA
Translator BERNARD JOHNSON
Introduction by CLAIRE MESSUD

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages

Publisher: NYRB Classics

On Sale: 11/11/2014

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-17726-6

Aleksandar Tišma’s The Use of Man is an unsparing and unequaled reckoning with the destruction of human life, self, and being in war, a book about a particular time and place, World War II and the Balkans, but nonetheless for all times. Set on the banks in the multiethnic town of Novi Sad on the Yugoslavian border with Hungary, the novel tracks the intertwined lives of a group of young people, high-school classmates, accustomed to studying and dancing and flirting and gossiping with one...

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Written by MARINA TSVETAEVA
Translator CHRISTOPHER WHYTE

Format: Trade Paperback, 180 pages

Publisher: Archipelago

On Sale: 08/12/2014

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-1-935-74496-2

Written during the Russian Revolution of 1917 and the Moscow famine that followed, these poems are suffused with Tsvetaeva’s irony and humor, which undoubtedly accounted for her success in not only reaching the end of the plague year alive, but making it the most productive of her career. We meet a drummer boy idolizing Napoleon, an irrepressibly mischievous grandmother who refuses to apologize to God on Judgment Day, and an androgynous (and luminous) Joan of Arc.

“Represented on a graph,...

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AND OTHER STORIES

Format: Trade Paperback, 608 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 01/14/2014

Price: $17.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-38887-2

Nikolai Leskov's writing exploded the conventions of nineteenth-century Russian fiction. Here is the other Russia, mythical and untamed: an uneasy synthesis of Orthodoxy and Old Believers, a land populated by soldiers and monks, serfs and princes, Tartars and gypsies—a vast country brimming with the promise of magic.

These seventeen tales, some rooted in the oral tradition, others cast as sophisticated anecdotes, are all told in the voices of storytellers addressing their audience—allowing...

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Written by OLGA GRJASNOWA

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages

Publisher: Other Press

On Sale: 01/07/2014

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-51584-6

Set in Frankfurt, All Russians Love Birch Trees follows a young immigrant named Masha. Fluent in five languages and able to get by in several others, Masha lives with her boyfriend, Elias. Her best friends are Muslims struggling to obtain residence permits, and her parents rarely leave the house except to compare gas prices. Masha has nearly completed her studies to become an interpreter, when suddenly Elias is hospitalized after a serious soccer injury and dies, forcing her to question a...

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Written by VLADIMIR NABOKOV
Translator ANASTASIA TOLSTOY, THOMAS KARSHAN
Introduction by THOMAS KARSHAN

Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 12/03/2013

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-95066-6

Vladimir Nabokov’s earliest major work, written when he was twenty-four, is a full-length play in verse of Shakespearean beauty and richness.

The story of an incognito king whose love for the wife of a banished revolutionary brings on the chaos the king has fought to prevent, this five-act play was never published in Nabokov’s lifetime and lay in manuscript until it appeared in a Russian literary journal in 1997. It is an astonishingly precocious work, in exquisite verse, touching for the...

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Written by SIGIZMUND KRZHIZHANOVSKY
Translator JOANNE TURNBULL
Introduction by ADAM THIRLWELL

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages

Publisher: NYRB Classics

On Sale: 12/03/2013

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-17670-2

The stakes are wildly high in Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky’s fantastic and blackly comic philosophical fables, which abound in nested narratives and wild paradoxes. This new collection of eleven mind-bending tales includes some of Krzhizhanovsky’s most dazzling conceits: a provincial journalist who moves to Moscow finds his existence consumed by the autobiography of his room’s previous occupant; the fingers of a celebrated pianist’s right hand run away to spend a night alone on the city streets;...

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Written by MAREK HLASKO
Translator NORBERT GUTERMAN
Introduction by JAMES SALLIS

Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages

Publisher: Melville House

On Sale: 12/03/2013

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-1-612-19294-9

In 1950s Communist Poland, Franciszek Kowalski–a factory worker in his mid-forties–is on his way home one evening after a Party meeting when he runs into an old friend. The two men drink all night until dawn, when Kowalski unthinkingly yells some insults at a policeman. His outburst is taken as criticism of the government, and this formerly upstanding citizen is arrested and then expelled from the Party.

Kowalski, a true believer, attempts to rehabilitate himself by gathering testimonies from...

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