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).

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.

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.

El espectro de Alexander Wolf


Author: Gaito Gazdanov
Publisher: La Bestia Equilátera
ISBN: 9871739877
Category: Fiction
Page: 192
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“Nada influyó tanto en mi vida como la única muerte que cometí”. En Rusia, un hombre mata a un jinete desconocido. Años más tarde, ya en París, lee un cuento donde se describe con total precisión ese asesinato desde el punto de vista de la víctima. Es una historia que no debiera existir y cuyo autor solo puede ser el hombre que hasta entonces imaginaba muerto. Así comienza la extraña búsqueda del huidizo escritor Alexander Wolf. Lo que sigue no es una coartada ni una justificación de este misterio sino un desarrollo novelesco digno de la mejor literatura rusa. La soltura con que Gaito Gazdanov se desplaza tiene que ver con una concepción estética y una madurez técnica hoy en apariencia extinguidas. En una buena ficción, la confianza en lo que se cuenta no es un alarde sino un arco de inspiración que alcanza al lector y no lo abandona. Gazdanov demuestra que una orfebrería inocente y genial puede disimularse el tiempo necesario, aun, o sobre todo, bajo una superficie brillante. Obra maestra olvidada, El espectro de Alexander Wolf es un thriller psicológico, una indagación existencial de la culpa y la redención, la coincidencia del destino, el amor y la muerte. “Una obra literaria hipnótica”. Antony Beevor “Como si Dostoievski se hubiera infiltrado en la roman policier… Una novela finamente elaborada, enigmática y tensa, a la espera de ser descubierta por un director de cine”. Times Literary Supplement

Narraciones completas


Author: Aleksandr Sergeevich Pushkin
Publisher: Debolsillo
ISBN: 9788499082981
Category: Fiction
Page: 608
View: 1904
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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 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 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.

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.

Curso de literatura rusa


Author: Vladimir Nabokov
Publisher: B DE BOOKS
ISBN: 8490693668
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 576
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Lecciones magistrales en las que Nabokov, un genio de la literatura, indaga en la obra de los grandes escritores del pasado. Vladimir Nabokov, exiliado de su país y con pocas esperanzas de regresar algún día, estaba capacitado como nadie para introducir a sus alumnos en la obra de los grandes maestros rusos, de Gógol y Turgéniev a Tolstói, Gorki, Dostoyevski o Chéjov. Esas lecciones apasionadas y polémicas, reconstruidas por Fredson Bowers a partir de los apuntes del escritor, son una ocasión única para asistir a sus clases y releer a fondo la literatura rusa del siglo XIX. A lo largo de casi dos décadas, antes de alcanzar la celebridad con Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov impartió cursos de literatura en las universidades estadounidenses de Wellesley y Cornell, y sus clases han llegado a constituir una leyenda. No es frecuente que los estudiantes tengan por maestro a uno de los mejores autores del momento, pero tampocolo es que un novelista añada a su talento una vocación didáctica tan nítida y eficaz, y tan libre de convencionalismos académicos. Reseña: «Instruye y estimula. Un gran escritor ruso habla de los grandes escritores rusos.» Anthony Burgess

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.

Un escritor en guerra

Vasili Grossman en el Ejército Rojo, 1941-1945
Author: Antony Beevor
Publisher: Grupo Planeta Spain
ISBN: 8498928559
Category: History
Page: N.A
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Vasili Grossman, el autor de Vida y destino, una de las más grandes novelas del siglo XX, acompañó al ejército soviético en la s egunda guerra mundial como corresponsal de Estrella Roja. Al margen de lo que escribía para el periódico, Grossman dejó registradas sus experiencias en unos cuadernos, que se han mantenido inéditos hasta hoy, donde cuenta sinceramente lo que vio en las calles de Stalingrado, en la batalla de Kursk, en la reconquista de Ucrania o en el avance del Ejército Rojo Alemania adentro. Antony Beevor ha transcrito estos cuadernos, combinándolos con sus artículos, sus cartas y otros materiales para componer con todo ello un relato de dimensiones épicas que tal vez sea el más dramático y revelador testimonio de lo que fue realmente la mayor guerra de todos los tiempos.

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.

Fourteen Little Red Huts and Other Plays


Author: Andrei Platonov
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231543530
Category: Drama
Page: 160
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In this essential collection of Andrei Platonov's plays, the noted Platonov translator Robert Chandler edits and introduces The Hurdy-Gurdy (translated by Susan Larsen), Fourteen Little Red Huts (translated by Chandler), and Grandmother's Little Hut (translated by Jesse Irwin). Written in 1930 and 1933, respectively, The Hurdy-Gurdy and Fourteen Little Red Huts constitute an impassioned and penetrating response to Stalin's assault on the Soviet peasantry. They reflect the political urgency of Bertolt Brecht and anticipate the tragic farce of Samuel Beckett but play out through dialogue and characterization that is unmistakably Russian. This volume also includes Grandmother's Little Hut, an unfinished play that represents Platonov's later, gentler work.

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.

Autoayuda


Author: Lorrie Moore
Publisher: Emece Editores
ISBN: 9788478887316
Category: Short stories
Page: 224
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Tras el éxito de Pájaros de América, que consagró a Lorrie Moore como una de las grandes narradoras de la literatura norteamericana actual, no podía faltar en castellano esta serie de relatos publicada en Estados Unidos en 1986, cuando la autora contaba con veintitrés años. En ellos, Moore dejaba entrever claramente las claves de su estética narrativa: su particular manera de ver el mundo, su voz penetrante y cargada de percepción psicológica. Girando en torno a ese punto difuso en el que determinadas situaciones de angustia se acercan peligrosamente al ridículo, los nueve relatos que conforman Autoayuda presentan la misma cohesión subterránea de Pájaros de América, inusual en este tipo de colecciones. Sus protagonistas, que acusan una anomalía profunda en las relaciones con sus seres más próximos, sean padres, maridos, amantes o amigos, se encuentran sedientas de una dosis de «autoayuda» que les permita curar sus heridas y protegerse contra nuevas decepciones. Ya sea la falta de una voluntad de compromiso que estropea una relación, o la dificultad de una madre y una hija para hablar de lo que realmente les preocupa, por poner sólo dos ejemplos, las historias de Moore encuentran en su carácter cotidiano y universal la mejor materia para exponer la naturaleza paradójica de la vida. Con un agudo sentido del humor y una gran sutileza en el uso del lenguaje, Lorrie Moore ha escogido la estructura formal de un libro de autoayuda para asumir una posición extremadamente crítica con una sociedad que pretende resolver el sufrimiento del ser humano con una receta de manual.