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SIBERIAN EXILE UNDER THE TSARS
Written by DANIEL BEER

Format: Hardcover, 496 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 01/03/2017

Price: $35.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-95890-7

A visceral, hundred-year history of the vast Russian penal colony. 

 
It was known as 'the vast prison without a roof.' From the beginning of the nineteenth century until the Russian Revolution, the tsars exiled more than one million prisoners and their families beyond the Ural Mountains to Siberia.  Daniel Beer illuminates both the brutal realities of this inhuman system and the tragic and inspiring fates of those who endured it. Here are the vividly told stories of petty criminals and mass...

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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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THE SAD AND ABSURD STORY OF BIROBIDZHAN, RUSSIA'S JEWISH AUTONOMOUS REGION
Written by MASHA GESSEN

Format: Hardcover, 192 pages

Publisher: Schocken

On Sale: 08/23/2016

Price: $25.00

ISBN: 978-0-805-24246-1

The previously untold story of the Jews in twentieth-century Russia that reveals the complex, strange, and heart-wrenching truth behind the familiar narrative that begins with pogroms and ends with emigration.

In 1929, the Soviet Union declared the area of Birobidzhan a homeland for Jews. It was championed by a group of intellectuals who envisioned a place of post-oppression Jewish culture, and by the early 1930s, tens of thousands of Jews had moved there from the shtetls. The state-building...

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NSA'S CODEBREAKERS AND THE SECRET INTELLIGENCE WAR AGAINST THE SOVIET UNION
Written by STEPHEN BUDIANSKY

Format: Hardcover, 416 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 06/14/2016

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-0-385-35266-6

A sweeping, in-depth history of NSA, whose famous “cult of silence” has left the agency shrouded in mystery for decades 
 
The National Security Agency was born out of the legendary codebreaking programs of World War II that cracked the famed Enigma machine and other German and Japanese codes, thereby turning the tide of Allied victory. In the postwar years, as the United States developed a new enemy in the Soviet Union, our intelligence community found itself targeting not soldiers on the...

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Written by LEV GOLINKIN

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 10/13/2015

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-0-345-80633-8

A compelling story of two intertwined journeys: a Jewish refugee family fleeing persecution and a young man seeking to reclaim a shattered past. In the twilight of the Cold War (the late 1980s), nine-year old Lev Golinkin and his family cross the Soviet border with only ten suitcases, $600, and the vague promise of help awaiting in Vienna. Years later, Lev, now an American adult, sets out to retrace his family's long trek, locate the strangers who fought for his freedom, and in the process,...

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RADICAL POLITICS AFTER YUGOSLAVIA

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 01/06/2015

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68620-1

This volume offers a profound analysis of post-socialist economic and political transformation in the Balkans, involving deeply unequal societies and oligarchical “democracies.” The contributions deconstruct the persistent imaginary of the Balkans, pervasive among outsiders to the region, who see it as no more than a repository of ethnic conflict, corruption and violence. Providing a much needed critical examination of the Yugoslav socialist experience, the volume sheds light on the recent...

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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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A MEMOIR OF POLISH-JEWISH RECONCILIATION
Written by LOUISE STEINMAN

Format: Trade Paperback, 238 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 10/28/2014

Price: $20.00

ISBN: 978-0-807-06120-6

In the winter of 2000, Louise Steinman set out to attend an international Bearing Witness Retreat at Auschwitz-Birkenau at the invitation of her Zen rabbi, who felt the Poles had gotten a “bum rap.” A bum rap? Her own mother could not bear to utter the word “Poland,” a country, Steinman was taught, that allowed and perhaps abetted the genocide that decimated Europe’s Jewish population, including members of her own extended family.
 
As Steinman learns more about her lost ancestors, though, she...

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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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Written by DAGMARA DOMINCZYK

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages

Publisher: Spiegel & Grau

On Sale: 02/25/2014

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-98382-1

Includes an interview featuring Dagmara Dominczyk and Adriana Trigiani

A vibrant, engaging debut novel that follows the friendship of three women from their youthful days in Poland to their complicated, not-quite-successful adult lives
 
Because of her father’s role in the Solidarity movement, Anna and her parents immigrate to the United States in the 1980s as political refugees from Poland. They settle in Brooklyn among immigrants of every stripe, yet Anna never quite feels that she belongs....

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Written by WIESLAW MYSLIWSKI
Translator BILL JOHNSTON

Format: Trade Paperback, 450 pages

Publisher: Archipelago

On Sale: 12/03/2013

Price: $22.00

ISBN: 978-1-935-74490-0

The narrator is the ageing caretaker of cottages at a summer resort. A mysterious visitor inspires him to share the story of his long life: a happy childhood cut short by the war, his hiding from the Nazis buried in a heap of potatoes, his plodding attempts to play the saxophone, the brutal murder of his family, loves lost but remembered, and footloose travels abroad. Told in the manner of friends and neighbors swapping stories over the mundane task of shelling beans–in the grand oral...

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ALONE IN A CABIN ON THE SIBERIAN TAIGA
Written by SYLVAIN TESSON
Translator LINDA COVERDALE

Format: Hardcover, 244 pages

Publisher: Rizzoli Ex Libris

On Sale: 09/17/2013

Price: $24.95

ISBN: 978-0-847-84127-1

Winner-Prix Médicis for nonfiction
No stranger to inhospitable places, Sylvain Tesson exiles himself to a wooden cabin on Siberia’s Lake Baikal, a full day’s hike from any “neighbor,” with his thoughts, his books, a couple of dogs, and many bottles of vodka for company. Writing from February to July, he shares his deep appreciation for the harsh but beautiful land, the resilient men and women who populate it, and the bizarre and tragic history that has given Siberia an almost mythological...

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