Russian Literature Series

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    Life of a Bishop’s Assistant
    ( paperback )

    $16.00 $12.80

    Life of a Bishop’s Assistant is a “rewritten” biography of the eighteenth-century historical figure Gavriil Dobrinin. The son of a priest, he became a bishop’s assistant before being fortunate enough to rise all the way to the position of gubernia procurator. Shklovsky illuminates Dobrinin’s obscure story, narrating it with an innovative ingenuity that takes centre stage.

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    The Round Dance of Water
    ( Paperback )

    $19.00 $15.20

    The Rounddance of Water is an intricate portrait of three generations of a large family, but in this story there is no division into primary and secondary characters: each individual fate bears significant weight and runs into the bloody river of the twentieth century…

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    The Hamburg Score
    ( paperback )

    $15.00 $12.00

    The Hamburg Score (Gamburgsky schyot) is “a very important concept,” wrote Viktor Shklovsky, the famous Russian literary critic and founder of Russian formalism, in 1928. All wrestlers cheat in performance and allow themselves to lose a fight at the behest of the organizers. But once a year wrestlers gather in Hamburg and fight in private among themselves. It is a long, hard, ugly competition. But this is the only way that they can reveal their real class.

  • Sale! Eleven Prague Corpses

    Eleven Prague Corpses

    $15.00 $12.00

    Prague is a place where murders happen, and it takes an English-speaking Russian expat with a strong antipathy for the city and its inhabitants to solve the mystery . . . or maybe not. As the plots thicken, the two narrators of Kirill Kobrin’s ten short stories gradually merge into a single hazy, undefined personality, characterized by a passion for logical reasoning, which leads to the identification of the culprit; except that the laboriously constructed murder narrative may stand or fall on a typo, and the mentally satisfying conclusion may or may not have much to do with reality . . .

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    Addendum to a Photo Album
    ( paperback )

    $13.95 $11.16

    Addendum to a Photo Album is the saga of the births, deaths, and disappearances within the eccentric  Mandrykin family. Following patriarch Malach, a Cossack captain, his wife Annushka, and his many sons, all born with sideburns, it details their fraught relationships, particularly when sitting for the family photographs included in the album of the title.

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    Maya Pill
    ( Paperback / softback )

    $15.00 $12.00

    German Sadulaev’s follow-up to his acclaimed I am a Chechen! is set in a twenty-first century Russia, phantasmagorical and violent. A bitingly funny twenty-first century satire, The Maya Pill is strange, savage, bizarre, and uproarious.

  • Sale! 9781564789020_FC

    ( Paperback / softback )

    $13.50 $10.80

    Closing the gap between the contemporary Russian novel and the masterpieces of the early Soviet avant-garde, this masterful mixture of prose and poetry, excerpts from private letters and diaries, and quotes from newspapers and NKVD documents, is a unique amalgam of documentary, philosophical novel, and black humor.

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    A Hunt for Optimism
    ( Paperback / softback )

    $16.00 $12.80

    A Hunt for Optimism (1931) circles obsessively around a single scene of interrogation in which a writer is subjected to a show trial for his unorthodoxy.