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Larissa Volokhonsky
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Larissa Volokhonsky was born in Leningrad. She has translated works by the prominent Orthodox theologians Alexander Schmemann and John Meyendorff into Russian.

Together, Volokhonsky and Richard Pevear have translated Dead Souls and The Collected Tales by Nikolai Gogol, The Complete Short Novels of Chekhov, and The Brothers Karamazov, Crime and Punishment, Notes from Underground, Demons, The Idiot, and The Adolescent by Fyodor Dostoevsky. They were twice awarded the PEN Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Prize (for their version of Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov and for Tolstoy's Anna Karenina), and their translation of Dostoevsky's Demons was one of three nominees for the same prize. They...

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Notes from Underground

Written by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 30, 1994
Price: $12.95

Notes From Underground marks the frontier, not only between nineteenth- and twentieth-century fiction, but between two centuries' visions of the self. For the unnamed narrator is a multiplicity of selves, each at war with the others--all at war with everything else. Now Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, whose translations of Crime... Read more >
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Notes from Underground

Written by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky


Format: eBook, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 12, 2011
Price: $7.99

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The Collected Tales of Nikolai Gogol

Written by Nikolai Gogol
Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky


Format: eBook, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 17, 2011
Price: $12.99

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The Collected Tales of Nikolai Gogol

Written by Nikolai Gogol
Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 29, 1999
Price: $17.00

Using, or rather mimicking, traditional forms of storytelling Gogol created stories that are complete within themselves and only tangentially connected to a meaning or moral. His work belongs to the school of invention, where each twist and turn of the narrative is a surprise unfettered by obligation to an overarching theme.

Selected... Read more >
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The Collected Tales

Written by Nikolai Gogol
Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky


Format: Hardcover, 472 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: October 7, 2008
Price: $25.00

From the acclaimed translators of War and Peace, Crime and Punishment, and The Brothers Karamazov, a brilliant translation of Nikolai Gogol’s short fiction.

Collected here are Gogol’s finest tales—stories that combine the wide-eyed, credulous imagination of the peasant with the sardonic social criticism of the city dweller—allowing readers to experience anew the... Read more >

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Dead Souls

Written by Nikolai Gogol
Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky


Format: Hardcover, 488 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: September 21, 2004
Price: $23.00

Since its publication in 1842, Dead Souls has been celebrated as a supremely realistic portrait of provincial Russian life and as a splendidly exaggerated tale; as a paean to the Russian spirit and as a remorseless satire of imperial Russian venality, vulgarity, and pomp. As Gogol's wily antihero, Chichikov, combs the... Read more >
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Dead Souls
A Novel
Written by Nikolai Gogol
Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 25, 1997
Price: $16.00

Since its publication in 1842, Dead Souls has been celebrated as a supremely realistic portrait of provincial Russian life and as a splendidly exaggerated tale; as a paean to the Russian spirit and as a remorseless satire of imperial Russian venality, vulgarity, and pomp. As Gogol’s wily antihero, Chichikov, combs the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, eBook, hardcover and a trade paperback.

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The Enchanted Wanderer
And Other Stories
Written by Nikolai Leskov
Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky


Format: Trade Paperback, 608 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 14, 2014
Price: $17.95

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... Read more >
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The Enchanted Wanderer
and Other Stories
Written by Nikolai Leskov
Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky


Format: Hardcover, 608 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 26, 2013
Price: $35.00

The award-winning translators of Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Chekhov, and Gogol now bring us a Russian writer ripe for rediscovery, whose earthy and exuberant stories, famous in his own country, have never before been adequately translated into English.

Leskov was Chekhov’s favorite writer and was greatly admired by Tolstoy and Maxim Gorky. His short... Read more >
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The Enchanted Wanderer
and Other Stories
Written by Nikolai Leskov
Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky


Format: eBook, 608 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 26, 2013
Price: $11.99

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Doctor Zhivago

Written by Boris Pasternak
Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky


Format: Trade Paperback, 704 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 4, 2011
Price: $16.95

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of its original publication, here is the only paperback edition now available of the classic story of the life and loves of a poet/physician during the turmoil of the Russian Revolution. Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook, hardcover and a hardcover.

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Doctor Zhivago

Written by Boris Pasternak
Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky


Format: Hardcover, 544 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: October 19, 2010
Price: $30.00

Boris Pasternak’s Nobel Prize–winning masterpiece comes gloriously to life in a magnificent new translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, the award-winning translators of War and Peace and Anna Karenina, and to whom, The New York Review of Books declared, “the English-speaking world is indebted.”

First published in Italy in 1957 amid... Read more >

Doctor Zhivago

Written by Boris Pasternak
Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky


Format: eBook, 544 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 23, 2010
Price: $12.99

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The Death of Ivan Ilyich

Written by Leo Tolstoy
Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky


Format: Trade Paperback, 64 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 2, 2012
Price: $8.00

Tolstoy’s most famous novella is an intense and moving examination of death and the possibilities of redemption, here in a powerful translation by the award-winning Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky.

Ivan Ilyich is a middle-aged man who has spent his life focused on his career as a bureaucrat and emotionally detached from... Read more >
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The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other STories

Written by Leo Tolstoy
Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 5, 2010
Price: $16.95

A vibrant translation of Tolstoy’s most important short fiction by the award-winning translators of War and Peace.

Here are eleven masterful stories from the mature author, some autobiographical, others moral parables, and all told with the evocative power that was Tolstoy’s alone. They include “The Prisoner of the Caucasus,” inspired by Tolstoy's... Read more >

The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories

Written by Leo Tolstoy
Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky


Format: eBook, 528 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 17, 2009
Price: $12.99

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Hadji Murat

Written by Leo Tolstoy
Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 2, 2012
Price: $10.00

Tolstoy’s final work—a gripping novella about the struggle between the Muslim Chechens and their inept occupiers—is a powerful moral fable for our time.

Inspired by a historical figure Tolstoy heard about while serving in the Caucasus, this story brings to life the famed warrior Hadji Murat, a Chechen rebel who has... Read more >

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War and Peace

Written by Leo Tolstoy
Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky


Format: Trade Paperback, 1296 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 2, 2008
Price: $20.00

From Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, the best-selling, award-winning translators of Anna Karenina and The Brothers Karamazov, comes a brilliant, engaging, and eminently readable translation of Leo Tolstoy’s master epic.

War and Peace centers broadly on Napoleon’s invasion of Russia in 1812 and follows three of the best-known characters in literature: Pierre... Read more >
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War and Peace
Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky
Written by Leo Tolstoy
Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky


Format: eBook, 1296 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 5, 2011
Price: $12.99

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