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RUSSIAN AND EASTERN EUROPEAN LITERATURE AND DRAMA

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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 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 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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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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Written by MIRCEA CARTARESCU
Translator SEAN COTTER

Format: Trade Paperback, 380 pages

Publisher: Archipelago

On Sale: 10/15/2013

Price: $22.00

ISBN: 978-1-935-74484-9

Part visceral dream-memoir, part fictive journey through a hallucinatory Bucharest, Mircea Cãrtãrescu’s Blinding was one of the most widely heralded literary sensations in contemporary Romania, and a bestseller from the day of its release. Riddled with hidden passageways, mesmerizing tapestries, and whispering butterflies, Blinding takes us on a mystical trip into the protagonist’s childhood, his memories of hospitalization as a teenager, the prehistory of his family, a traveling circus,...

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Written by MIKHAIL BULGAKOV
Translator MICHAEL GLENNY

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages

Publisher: Melville House

On Sale: 07/30/2013

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-1-612-19214-7

A new edition of Bulgakov’s blistering satire about the great Russian director Stanislavski, inventor of “Method acting,” part of Melville House’s reissue of the Bulgakov backlist in Michael Glenny’s celebrated translations.

In 1926, a play based on Mikhail Bulgakov’s novel The White Guard premiered at the prestigious Moscow Arts Theatre and it was an immediate and long-lasting success that laid the ground for the rest of Bulgakov’s career as a playwright and novelist.

But it was not an...

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Written by MIKHAIL BULGAKOV
Translator MICHAEL GLENNY

Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages

Publisher: Melville House

On Sale: 07/30/2013

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-1-612-19288-8

A new edition of Mikhail Bulgakov’s fantastical precursor to The Master and Margarita.

A key work of early modernism, this is the superbly comic story of a Soviet scientist and a scroungy Moscow mongrel named Sharik. Attempting a medical first, the scientist transplants the glands of a petty criminal into the dog and, with that, turns a distinctly worryingly human animal loose on the city. The new, lecherous, vulgar, Engels-spouting Sharik soon finds his niche in governmental bureaucracy as...

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Written by MIKLOS BANFFY
Introduction by HUGH THOMAS
Translator PATRICK THURSFIELD, KATALIN BANFFY-JELEN

Format: Hardcover, 696 pages

Publisher: Everyman's Library

On Sale: 07/02/2013

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-0-375-71229-6

The celebrated The Transylvanian Trilogy by Count Miklós Bánffy is a stunning historical epic set in the lost world of the Hungarian aristocracy just before World War I. Written in the 1930s and first discovered by the English-speaking world after the fall of communism in Hungary, Bánffy’s novels were translated in the late 1990s to critical acclaim and now appear for the first time in hardcover.

They Were Counted, the first novel in the trilogy, introduces us to a decadent, frivolous, and...

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THEY WERE FOUND WANTING, THEY WERE DIVIDED
Written by MIKLOS BANFFY
Introduction by HUGH THOMAS
Translator PATRICK THURSFIELD, KATALIN BANFFY-JELEN

Format: Hardcover, 856 pages

Publisher: Everyman's Library

On Sale: 07/02/2013

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-0-375-71230-2

The celebrated The Transylvanian Trilogy by Count Miklós Bánffy is a stunning historical epic set in the lost world of the Hungarian aristocracy just before World War I. Written in the 1930s and first discovered by the English-speaking world after the fall of communism in Hungary, Bánffy’s novels were translated in the late 1990s to critical acclaim and appear here for the first time in hardcover.

They Were Found Wanting and They Were Divided, the second and third novels in the trilogy,...

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