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A Hero of Our Time

Written by Mikhail Lermontov
Translated by Marian Schwartz
Introduction by Gary Shteyngart


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: July 13, 2004
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7076-0 (0-8129-7076-4)

A Hero of Our Time, the first major prose novel in Russian literature, is a mosaic of narrators and tales featuring the Byronic young officer Pechorin. Set in the rugged Caucasus, Lermontov's dazzling psychological novel follows the wealthy and cynical Pechorin as he gallops from one adventure to the next--through an... Read more >
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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
ISBN: 978-0-307-38887-2 (0-307-38887-5)

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
ISBN: 978-0-307-26882-2 (0-307-26882-9)

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

Written by Nikolai Leskov
Translated by Ian Dreiblatt


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: October 2, 2012
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-1-61219-103-4 (1-61219-103-7)

A new translation of the hilarious picaresque about a man with an indomitable spirit

The Enchanted Wanderer is a Russian Candide with a revolutionary edge, a picaresque that features a fast-talking monk named Ivan who is at war, it seems, with every level of society. Working as a carriage man... Read more >
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The Enchanted Wanderer
Selected Tales
Written by Nikolai Leskov
Translated by David Magarshack
Introduction by V.S. Pritchett


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: January 14, 2003
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6696-1 (0-8129-6696-1)

Written over the course of Leskov’s career, each story in The Enchanted Wanderer elucidates the very essence of the human condition; themes of love, despair, loneliness, and revenge are explored against the backdrop of nineteenth-century working-class Russia. Leskov deftly layers social satire and subtle criticism atop myth and fable, resulting in... Read more >
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Reading Chekhov
A Critical Journey
Written by Janet Malcolm


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: November 12, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-76106-5 (0-375-76106-3)

To illuminate the mysterious greatness of Anton Chekhov’s writings, Janet Malcolm takes on three roles: literary critic, biographer, and journalist. Her close readings of the stories and plays are interwoven with episodes from Chekhov’s life and framed by an account of Malcolm’s journey to St. Petersburg, Moscow, and Yalta. She writes... Read more >
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Casanova in Bolzano

Written by Sandor Marai


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 8, 2005
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71296-8 (0-375-71296-8)

Another rediscovered masterpiece from the Hungarian novelist whose Embers became an international bestseller—a sensuous, suspenseful, aphoristic novel about the world’s most notorious seducer and the encounter that changes him forever.

In 1756 Giacomo Casanova escapes from a Venetian prison and resurfaces in the Italian village of Bolzano. Here he receives an... Read more >
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Embers

Written by Sandor Marai


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 13, 2002
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70742-1 (0-375-70742-5)

Originally published in 1942 and now rediscovered to international acclaim, this taut and exquisitely structured novel by the Hungarian master Sandor Marai conjures the melancholy glamour of a decaying empire and the disillusioned wisdom of its last heirs.

In a secluded woodland castle an old General prepares to receive a rare... Read more >
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Esther's Inheritance

Written by Sandor Marai


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 6, 2009
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9666-4 (1-4000-9666-9)

Anewly translated novel from the great rediscovered Hungarian writer: a tautly suspenseful story of unrequited love and its still vivid consequences twenty years later.
What is it to be in love with a pathological liar and fantasist? Esther is, and has been for the more than two decades since Lajos disappeared from... Read more >
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Portraits of a Marriage

Written by Sandor Marai


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 6, 2012
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9667-1 (1-4000-9667-7)

A rediscovered masterwork from famed Hungarian novelist Sándor Márai, Portraits of a Marriage tracks the lifelong entanglement of a man and two women haunted by class differences and misdirected longings.

Peter and Ilonka are a wealthy couple whose outwardly perfect marriage is undone by secrets. The insecure Ilonka believes she can never... Read more >
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The Rebels

Written by Sandor Marai


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 11, 2008
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70741-4 (0-375-70741-7)

Embers . . . Casanova in Bolzano . . . and now The Rebels: the third of the rediscovered novels of the great Hungarian writer—the jolting story of a troubled group of young men on the cusp of life, and death, in World War I.

It is the summer of 1918. As... Read more >
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A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
A Novel
Written by Anthony Marra


Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: Hogarth
On Sale: May 7, 2013
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-7704-3640-7 (0-7704-3640-4)

Winner of the National Book Critic Circle’s John Leonard Prize

A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year
National Book Award Longlist Selection
A Washington Post Top 10 Book of the Year
An ALA Notable Book of the Year
A Publisher's Weekly Top 10 Books of the Year
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of... Read more >
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A Treatise on Shelling Beans

Written by Wieslaw Mysliwski
Translated by Bill Johnston


Format: Trade Paperback, 450 pages
Publisher: Archipelago
On Sale: December 3, 2013
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-1-935744-90-0 (1-935744-90-9)

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... Read more >
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The Annotated Lolita
Revised and Updated
Written by Vladimir Nabokov


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 23, 1991
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72729-3 (0-679-72729-9)

This is the definitive annotated text of the modern classic. It assiduously glosses Lolita's extravagant wordplay and its frequent literary allusions, parodies, and cross references.



"...the reader of Lolita attempts to arrive at some sense of its overall 'meaning,' while at the same time having to struggle...with the difficulties posed by the... Read more >
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Bend Sinister

Written by Vladimir Nabokov


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 14, 1990
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72727-9 (0-679-72727-2)

The first novel Nabokov wrote while living in America and the most overtly political novel in his oeuvre, Bend Sinister is filled with veiled puns and delightful wordplay. It is first and foremost a compelling narrative about a civilized man and his child caught up in the tyranny of a police... Read more >
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The Enchanter

Written by Vladimir Nabokov


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 20, 1991
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72886-3 (0-679-72886-4)

The Enchanter is the precursor to Nabokov's classic novel, Lolita. At once hilarious and chilling, it tells the story of an outwardly respectable man and his fatal obsession with certain prepubescent girls, whose coltish grace and subconscious coquetry reveal, to his mind, a special bud on the verge of bloom. Read more >
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The Eye

Written by Vladimir Nabokov


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 5, 1990
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72723-1 (0-679-72723-X)

Nabokov's fourth novel, The Eye is as much a farcical detective story as it is a profoundly refractive tale about the vicissitudes of identities and appearances. Nabokov's protagonist, Smurov, is a lovelorn, excruciatingly self-conscious Russian émigré living in prewar Berlin, who commits suicide after being humiliated by a jealous husband, only... Read more >
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The Gift

Written by Vladimir Nabokov


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 7, 1991
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72725-5 (0-679-72725-6)

The Gift is the last novel Nabokov wrote in his native language. It is his ode to Russian literature, evoking the works of Pushkin, Gogol, and others in the course of its narrative: the story of Fyodor Godunov-Cherdyntsev, an impoverished émigré poet living in Berlin, who dreams of the book he... Read more >
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Glory

Written by Vladimir Nabokov


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 5, 1991
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72724-8 (0-679-72724-8)

This is the wry and ironic story of Martin Edelweiss, a twenty-two-year-old Russian émigré of no account, who is in love with a girl who refuses to marry him. Convinced that his life is about to be wasted and hoping to impress his love, he decides to embark upon a "perilous... Read more >
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Invitation to a Beheading

Written by Vladimir Nabokov


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 19, 1989
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72531-2 (0-679-72531-8)

Invitation to a Beheading embodies the vision of a bizarre and irrational world. In an unnamed country, the young man Cincinnatus C. is condemned to death by beheading for "gnostical turpitude," an imaginary crime that defines definition. Cincinnatus spends his final days in a jail where he is visited by chimerical... Read more >
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King, Queen, Knave

Written by Vladimir Nabokov


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 17, 1989
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72340-0 (0-679-72340-4)

This is Nabokov's story of Dreyer, a wealthy boisterous proprietor of a men's clothing emporium, who is repugnant to his wife, Martha. Attracted to his money but repelled by his oblivious passion, she longs for their nephew instead, the myopic Franz. Newly arrived in Berlin, Franz soon repays his uncle's condescension... Read more >
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Laughter in the Dark

Written by Vladimir Nabokov


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 17, 1989
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72450-6 (0-679-72450-8)

Albinus, a respectable, middle-aged man and aspiring filmmaker, abandons his wife for a lover half his age: Margot, who wants to become a movie star herself. When Albinus introduces her to Rex, an American movie producer, disaster ensues. What emerges is an elegantly sardonic and irresistibly ironic novel of desire, deceit... Read more >
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Look at the Harlequins!

Written by Vladimir Nabokov


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 16, 1990
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72728-6 (0-679-72728-0)

As intricate as a house of mirrors, Nabokov's last novel is an ironic play on the Janus-like relationship between fiction and reality. It is the autobiography of the eminent Russian-American author Vadim Vadimovich N. (b. 1899), whose life bears an uncanny resemblance to Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov, (though the two are not... Read more >
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The Luzhin Defense

Written by Vladimir Nabokov


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 11, 1990
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72722-4 (0-679-72722-1)

Nabokov's third novel, The Defense, is the story of Luzhin, a young outcast boy who takes up chess as a refuge from the anxiety of his everyday life. Luzhin's imminent rise to the rank of grandmaster creates havoc in his real one as the solace of his prodigious talent and the... Read more >
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Mary

Written by Vladimir Nabokov


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 20, 1989
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72620-3 (0-679-72620-9)

Mary is a gripping tale of youth, first love, and nostalgia--Nabokov's first novel. In a Berlin rooming house filled with an assortment of serio-comic Russian émigrés, Lev Ganin, a vigorous young officer poised between his past and future, relives his first love affair. His memories of Mary are suffused with the... Read more >
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