Russian Short Stories from Pushkin to Buida


Author: Robert Chandler
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141910240
Category: Fiction
Page: 416
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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 figures such as the subversive Kryzhanowsky and the surrealist Shalamov. Whether written in reaction to the cruelty of the bourgeoisie, the bureaucracy of communism or the torture of the prison camps, they offer a wonderfully wide-ranging and exciting representation of one of the most vital and enduring forms of Russian literature.

Russian Short Stories from Pushkin to Buida


Author: Robert Chandler
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0140448462
Category: Fiction
Page: 396
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An collection of short stories cover two centuries of Russian literary tradition, from such authors as Nicolay Gogol, Anton Chekhov, and Mikhail Zoshchenko.

Russian Magic Tales from Pushkin to Platonov


Author: N.A
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141392541
Category: Fiction
Page: 496
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'She turned into a frog, into a lizard, into all kinds of other reptiles and then into a spindle' In these tales, young women go on long and difficult quests, wicked stepmothers turn children into geese and tsars ask dangerous riddles, with help or hindrance from magical dolls, cannibal witches, talking skulls, stolen wives, and brothers disguised as wise birds. Half the tales here are true oral tales, collected by folklorists during the last two centuries, while the others are reworkings of oral tales by four great Russian writers: Alexander Pushkin, Nadezhda Teffi, Pavel Bazhov and Andrey Platonov. In his introduction to these new translations, Robert Chandler writes about the primitive magic inherent in these tales and the taboos around them, while in the afterword, Sibelan Forrester discusses the witch Baba Yaga. This edition also includes an appendix, bibliography and notes. Translated by Robert Chandler and Elizabeth Chandler With Sibelan Forrester, Anna Gunin and Olga Meerson

The Penguin Book of Russian Poetry


Author: Robert Chandler,Irina Mashinski,Boris Dralyuk
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141972262
Category: Poetry
Page: 448
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An enchanting collection of the very best of Russian poetry, edited by acclaimed translator Robert Chandler together with poets Boris Dralyuk and Irina Mashinski. In the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, poetry's pre-eminence in Russia was unchallenged, with Pushkin and his contemporaries ushering in the 'Golden Age' of Russian literature. Prose briefly gained the high ground in the second half of the nineteenth century, but poetry again became dominant in the 'Silver Age' (the early twentieth century), when belief in reason and progress yielded once more to a more magical view of the world. During the Soviet era, poetry became a dangerous, subversive activity; nevertheless, poets such as Osip Mandelstam and Anna Akhmatova continued to defy the censors. This anthology traces Russian poetry from its Golden Age to the modern era, including work by several great poets - Georgy Ivanov and Varlam Shalamov among them - in captivating modern translations by Robert Chandler and others. The volume also includes a general introduction, chronology and individual introductions to each poet. Robert Chandler is an acclaimed poet and translator. His many translations from Russian include works by Aleksandr Pushkin, Nikolay Leskov, Vasily Grossman and Andrey Platonov, while his anthologies of Russian Short Stories from Pushkin to Buida and Russian Magic Tales are both published in Penguin Classics. Irina Mashinski is a bilingual poet and co-founder of the StoSvet literary project. Her most recent collection is 2013's Ophelia i masterok [Ophelia and the Trowel]. Boris Dralyuk is a Lecturer in Russian at the University of St Andrews and translator of many books from Russian, including, most recently, Isaac Babel's Red Cavalry (2014).

Memories

From Moscow to the Black Sea
Author: Teffi
Publisher: New York Review of Books
ISBN: 1590179528
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 296
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Considered Teffi’s single greatest work, Memories: From Moscow to the Black Sea is a deeply personal account of the author’s last months in Russia and Ukraine, suffused with her acute awareness of the political currents churning around her, many of which have now resurfaced. In 1918, in the immediate aftermath of the Russian Revolution, Teffi, whose stories and journalism had made her a celebrity in Moscow, was invited to read from her work in Ukraine. She accepted the invitation eagerly, though she had every intention of returning home. As it happened, her trip ended four years later in Paris, where she would spend the rest of her life in exile. None of this was foreseeable when she arrived in German-occupied Kiev to discover a hotbed of artistic energy and experimentation. When Kiev fell several months later to Ukrainian nationalists, Teffi fled south to Odessa, then on to the port of Novorossiysk, from which she embarked at last for Constantinople. Danger and death threaten throughout Memories, even as the book displays the brilliant style, keen eye, comic gift, and deep feeling that have made Teffi one of the most beloved of twentieth-century Russian writers.

Alles fließt


Author: Wassili Grossman
Publisher: Ullstein Buchverlage
ISBN: 3843716757
Category: Fiction
Page: 256
View: 2013
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Nach dreißig Jahren Gefängnis und Lager kehrt Iwan Grigorjewitsch in die Freiheit zurück. Er zieht nach Moskau, dann weiter nach Leningrad, findet Arbeit und eine Frau. Wieder gehen die Jahre dahin - und Iwan versucht zu verstehen, nach welchen Gesetzen das Leben funktioniert. Von der russischen Revolution bis hin zur Tauwetterperiode spannt Wassili Grossman den Bogen um Fragen nach Staat und Individuum, Verbrechen und Strafe, Schuld und Unschuld. Im Mittelpunkt steht dabei sein gütiger Blick auf die Fehlbarkeit des Menschen.

Russian Émigré Short Stories from Bunin to Yanovsky


Author: Bryan Karetnyk
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 024119783X
Category: Fiction
Page: 464
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SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2018 READ RUSSIA PRIZE Imagine that many of Russia's greatest writers of the twentieth century were entirely unknown in the West, and only recently discovered in Russia itself. Strange as it may seem, it is in fact true, and their rediscovery is setting the literary world alight. Names such as Gaito Gazdanov and Vasily Yanovsky have excited great interest in Russia, and with stories of gambling, drug abuse, love, death, suicide, madness, espionage, glittering high society and the seedy underworld of Europe's capitals, their appeal is extremely broad. Many of these writers' works are only now being published in Russia for the first time, alongside those of leading contemporary authors - and to great critical acclaim. And we aren't just talking about two or three obscure authors; there are, quite literally, dozens of them.

Das Phantom des Alexander Wolf

Roman
Author: Gaito Gasdanow
Publisher: Carl Hanser Verlag GmbH Co KG
ISBN: 3446239200
Category: Fiction
Page: 192
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Ein ehemaliger Weißgardist erinnert sich an ein tragisches Erlebnis im Bürgerkrieg in Russland, als er einen Reiter niederschoss. Jahre später, im Exil in Paris, findet er den Vorfall in einem Buch beschrieben. Er versucht den Autor namens Alexander Wolf zu treffen, doch stattdessen begegnet er der rätselhaften Jelena und verliebt sich in sie. Eines Tages erzählt sie ihm von ihrem früheren Geliebten, der dachte, bald sterben zu müssen, weil er dem Tod schon einmal entronnen war. In einem brillanten Spannungsbogen erzählt Gaito Gasdanow, der mit Nabokov, Proust und Camus verglichen wurde, diesen 1947 erschienenen Roman, in dem Liebe und Tod aufs engste verwoben sind. Sein Protagonist Alexander Wolf ist eine der geheimnisvollsten und unvergesslichsten Figuren der Weltliteratur.

The Captain's Daughter


Author: Alexander Pushkin
Publisher: New York Review of Books
ISBN: 1590177444
Category: Fiction
Page: 192
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An NYRB Classics Original Alexander Pushkin’s short novel is set during the reign of Catherine the Great, when the Cossacks rose up in rebellion against the Russian empress. Presented as the memoir of Pyotr Grinyov, a nobleman, The Captain’s Daughter tells how, as a feckless youth and fledgling officer, Grinyov was sent from St. Petersburg to serve in faraway southern Russia. Traveling to take up this new post, Grinyov loses his shirt gambling and then loses his way in a terrible snowstorm, only to be guided to safety by a mysterious peasant. With impulsive gratitude Grinyov hands over his fur coat to his savior, never mind the cold. Soon after he arrives at Fort Belogorsk, Grinyov falls in love with Masha, the beautiful young daughter of his captain. Then Pugachev, leader of the Cossack rebellion, surrounds the fort. Resistance, he has made it clear, will be met with death. At once a fairy tale and a thrilling historical novel, this singularly Russian work of the imagination is also a timeless, universal, and very winning story of how love and duty can summon pluck and luck to confront calamity.

The Road

Stories, Journalism, and Essays
Author: Vasily Grossman
Publisher: New York Review of Books
ISBN: 1590174097
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 384
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The Road rings together short stories, journalism, essays, and letters by Vasily Grossman, the author of Life and Fate, providing new insight into the life and work of this extraordinary writer. The stories range from Grossman’s first success, “In the Town of Berdichev,” a piercing reckoning with the cost of war, to such haunting later works as “Mama,” based on the life of a girl who was adopted at the height of the Great Terror by the head of the NKVD and packed off to an orphanage after her father’s downfall. The girl grows up struggling with the discovery that the parents she cherishes in memory are part of a collective nightmare that everyone else wishes to forget. The Road also includes the complete text of Grossman’s harrowing report from Treblinka, one of the first anatomies of the workings of a death camp; “The Sistine Madonna,” a reflection on art and atrocity; as well as two heartbreaking letters that Grossman wrote to his mother after her death at the hands of the Nazis and carried with him for the rest of his life. Meticulously edited and presented by Robert Chandler, The Road allows us to see one of the great figures of twentieth-century literature discovering his calling both as a writer and as a man.

The Steel Flea


Author: Nikolay Leskov
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141397403
Category: Fiction
Page: 80
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'He gave orders that they were not to get any hot glum pudding in flames, for fear the spirits in their innards might catch fire' The Steel Flea is an uproarious and alcohol-soaked shaggy-dog story from one of Russia's great comic masters. Introducing Little Black Classics: 80 books for Penguin's 80th birthday. Little Black Classics celebrate the huge range and diversity of Penguin Classics, with books from around the world and across many centuries. They take us from a balloon ride over Victorian London to a garden of blossom in Japan, from Tierra del Fuego to 16th-century California and the Russian steppe. Here are stories lyrical and savage; poems epic and intimate; essays satirical and inspirational; and ideas that have shaped the lives of millions. Nikolay Leskov (1831-1895). Leskov's works are available in Penguin Classics in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and Other Stories and Russian Short Stories from Pushkin to Buida.

Soul and Other Stories


Author: Andreĭ Platonovich Platonov
Publisher: New York Review of Books
ISBN: 9781590172544
Category: Fiction
Page: 335
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"This volume gathers eight works that show Platonov at his tenderest, warmest, and subtlest. Among them are "The Return," about an officer's difficult homecoming at the end of World War II; "The River Potudan," an account of a troubled marriage; and the title novella, the tale of a young man unexpectedly transformed by his return to his Asian birthplace, where he finds his people deprived not only of food and dwelling, but of memory and speech."--BOOK JACKET.

The Foundation Pit


Author: Andreĭ Platonovich Platonov,Robert Chandler
Publisher: New York Review of Books
ISBN: 1590173058
Category: Fiction
Page: 224
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Translated from the Russian by Robert & Elizabeth Chandler and Olga Meerson With notes and an afterword by Robert Chandler and Olga Meerson In Andrey Platonov’s The Foundation Pit, a team of workers has been given the job of digging the foundation of an immense edifice, a palatial home for the perfect future that, they are convinced, is at hand. But the harder the team works, the deeper they dig, the more things go wrong, and it becomes clear that what is being dug is not a foundation but an immense grave. The Foundation Pit is Platonov’s most overtly political book, written in direct response to the staggering brutalities of Stalin’s collectivization of Russian agriculture. It is also a literary masterpiece. Seeking to evoke unspeakable realities, Platonov deforms and transforms language in pages that echo both with the alienating doublespeak of power and the stark simplicity of prayer. This English translation is the first and only one to be based on the definitive edition published by Pushkin House in Moscow. It includes extensive notes and, in an appendix, several striking passages deleted by Platonov. Robert Chandler and Olga Meerson’s afterword discusses the historical context and style of Platonov’s most haunted and troubling work.

Russian Writers and the Fin de Siècle

The Twilight of Realism
Author: Katherine Bowers,Ani Kokobobo
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107073219
Category: History
Page: 313
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An essay collection that explores Russian literature and culture in relation to the late nineteenth-century fin de siècle.

Happy Moscow


Author: Andrey Platonov
Publisher: New York Review of Books
ISBN: 1590175859
Category: Fiction
Page: 266
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Works originally written ca. 1930s-1950s.

Portraits without Frames


Author: Lev Ozerov
Publisher: New York Review of Books
ISBN: 168137269X
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 280
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Isaac Babel, Dmitry Shostakovich, and Anna Akhmatova star in this series of portraits of some of the greatest writers, artists, and composers of the twentieth century. "We stopped and Shklovsky told me / quietly, but clearly, / 'Remember, we are on our way out. / On our way out.' And I recalled / ... the wall of books, / all written by a man / who lived / in times that were hard to bear." Lev Ozerov’s Portraits Without Frames offers fifty shrewd and moving glimpses into the lives of Soviet writers, composers, and artists caught between the demands of art and politics. Some of the subjects—like Anna Akhmatova, Isaac Babel, Andrey Platonov, and Dmitry Shostakovich—are well-known, others less so. All are evoked with great subtlety and vividness, as is the fraught and dangerous time in which they lived. Composed in free verse of deceptively artless simplicity, Ozerov’s portraits are like nothing else in Russian poetry.

Der Kreml

Eine neue Geschichte Russlands
Author: Catherine Merridale
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
ISBN: 3104028354
Category: History
Page: 624
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Eine packende neue Geschichte Russlands – über 500 Jahre Herrschaft und Macht im Kreml, von Iwan dem Schrecklichen bis Wladimir Putin Der Kreml ist das imposante Symbol der russischen Nation. Hier wurden die mächtigen Zaren gekrönt, hier paradierte die glorreiche Rote Armee nach dem Sieg über Deutschland. Im Kreml schlägt das Herz der russischen Macht, hier entscheidet sich Russlands Schicksal. Die bedeutende Historikerin Catherine Merridale erzählt die faszinierende Geschichte des Kreml mit all ihren Intrigen und blutigen Kämpfen um die Macht. Indem sie das verborgene Innere des russischen Staates freilegt, ermöglicht Catherine Merridale uns ein neues Verständnis der bewegten Geschichte Russlands bis in die Gegenwart.

Everything Flows


Author: Vasily Grossman
Publisher: New York Review of Books
ISBN: 1590173899
Category: Fiction
Page: 272
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A New York Review Books Original Everything Flows is Vasily Grossman’s final testament, written after the Soviet authorities suppressed his masterpiece, Life and Fate. The main story is simple: released after thirty years in the Soviet camps, Ivan Grigoryevich must struggle to find a place for himself in an unfamiliar world. But in a novel that seeks to take in the whole tragedy of Soviet history, Ivan’s story is only one among many. Thus we also hear about Ivan’s cousin, Nikolay, a scientist who never let his conscience interfere with his career, and Pinegin, the informer who got Ivan sent to the camps. Then a brilliant short play interrupts the narrative: a series of informers steps forward, each making excuses for the inexcusable things that he did—inexcusable and yet, the informers plead, in Stalinist Russia understandable, almost unavoidable. And at the core of the book, we find the story of Anna Sergeyevna, Ivan’s lover, who tells about her eager involvement as an activist in the Terror famine of 1932–33, which led to the deaths of three to five million Ukrainian peasants. Here Everything Flows attains an unbearable lucidity comparable to the last cantos of Dante’s Inferno.

Nächtliche Wege


Author: Gaito Gasdanow
Publisher: Carl Hanser Verlag GmbH Co KG
ISBN: 3446260641
Category: Fiction
Page: 288
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Tagsüber studiert er, nachts arbeitet der Erzähler als Taxichauffeur. Er verkehrt mit Dieben und Zuhältern, Selbstmördern und Clochards, Verrückten und Alkoholikern. Drei Halbweltdamen haben ihn zu ihrem Vertrauten gemacht: Raldy, die ehemalige Luxusprostituierte, Alice, ihre untreue Schülerin, und Suzanne mit dem Goldzahn. Sie hat den Sprung ins bürgerliche Leben geschafft und hätte mit Fedortschenko fast ihr Glück gefunden. Gasdanow, der im Exil sein Geld als Taxifahrer verdiente, erzählt vom Leben der Emigranten im Paris der dreißiger Jahre, zwischen brennender Nostalgie und einer heillosen Gegenwart. "Nächtliche Wege" ist ein Meisterwerk der literarischen Moderne.

Ein Sommer in Baden-Baden

Roman
Author: Leonid Zypkin
Publisher: eBook Berlin Verlag
ISBN: 3827073073
Category: Fiction
Page: 240
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Ein Zug fährt durch die Nacht. Ein junger russischer Intellektueller ist auf dem Weg nach Leningrad. Er liest das Tagebuch von Anna Grigorjewna, der großen Liebe Fjodor Dostojewskis, und ist so gebannt, dass die Figuren zum Leben erwachen: Im Jahr 1867 reist das frisch verheiratete Paar nach Baden-Baden, dem Eldorado aller Spieler. Es folgt ein jahrelanger Grenzgang zwischen Dostojewskis begnadeter Vorstellungskraft und sadistischer Launenhaftigkeit, zwischen kreativem Schaffensrausch und lähmender Epilepsie.