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Anna of All the Russias
A Life of Anna Akhmatova
Written by Elaine Feinstein


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 10, 2007
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3378-2 (1-4000-3378-0)

In this definitive biography of the legendary Russian poet, Elaine Feinstein draws on a wealth of newly available material–including memoirs, letters, journals, and interviews with surviving friends and family–to produce a revelatory portrait of both the artist and the woman.

Anna Akhmatova rose to fame in the years before World War I... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Siren of the Waters

Written by Michael Genelin


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Soho Crime
On Sale: July 1, 2009
Price: $9.99
ISBN: 978-1-56947-585-0 (1-56947-585-7)

Jana entered the Czechoslovak police force as young woman, married an actor, and became a mother. The Communist regime destroyed her husband, their love for one another, and her daughter’s respect for her. But she has never stopped being a seeker of justice.

Now, she has risen to the rank of... Read more >
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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
ISBN: 978-0-375-70615-8 (0-375-70615-1)

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
ISBN: 978-0-307-26969-0 (0-307-26969-8)

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
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4319-4 (1-4000-4319-0)

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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Taras Bulba

Written by Nikolai Gogol
Translated by Peter Constantine
Introduction by Robert D. Kaplan


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: December 30, 2003
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7119-4 (0-8129-7119-1)

This is the first new translation in forty years. Set sometime between the mid-sixteenth and early-seventeenth century, Taras Bulba is Gogol’s epic tale recounts both a bloody Cossack revolt against the Poles (led by the bold Taras Bulba of Ukrainian folk mythology) and the trials of Taras Bulba’s two sons.

As Robert... Read more >
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Oblomov
A Novel
Written by Ivan Goncharov
Afterword by Mikhail Shishkin
Translated by Marian Schwartz


Format: Hardcover, 558 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: December 2, 2008
Price: $33.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-840-1 (1-58322-840-3)

Set at the beginning of the nineteenth century, before the ideal of industrious modern man, when idleness was still looked upon by Russia’s serf-owning rural gentry as a plausible and worthy goal, there was Oblomov. Indolent, inattentive, incurious, given to daydreaming and procrastination–indeed, given to any excuse to remain horizontal–Oblomov is... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Oblomov

Written by Ivan Goncharov


Format: Hardcover, 624 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: December 15, 1992
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-41729-3 (0-679-41729-X)

The sly, subversive side of the nineteenth-century Russian literary character—the one which represents such a contrast to the titanic exertions of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky—was most fully realized in Ivan Goncharov’s 1859 masterpiece, Oblomov. This magnificent farce about a gentleman who spends the better part of his life in bed is a... Read more >
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All Russians Love Birch Trees

Written by Olga Grjasnova


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: January 7, 2014
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-584-6 (1-59051-584-6)

Set in Frankfurt, All Russians Love Birch Trees follows a young immigrant named Masha. Fluent in five languages and able to get by in several others, Masha lives with her boyfriend, Elias. Her best friends are Muslims struggling to obtain residence permits, and her parents rarely leave the house except to... Read more >
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An Armenian Sketchbook

Written by Vasily Grossman
Translated by Robert Chandler and Elizabeth Chandler
Introduction by Robert Chandler and Yury Bit-Yunan


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: February 19, 2013
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-618-4 (1-59017-618-9)

Few writers had to confront as many of the last century’s mass tragedies as Vasily Grossman, who wrote about the Shoah, the Battle of Stalingrad, and the Terror Famine in the Ukraine. An Armenian Sketchbook, however, shows a very different Grossman, notable for his tenderness, warmth, and sense of fun.

After... Read more >
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The View from Stalin's Head

Written by Aaron Hamburger


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: March 9, 2004
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7093-7 (0-8129-7093-4)

A debut collection of ten lucid, haunting, and darkly comic stories about Americans and Europeans in post-Cold War Prague.

The ten stories in The View from Stalin's Head unfold in the post-Cold War Prague of the 1990s, a magnet not only for artists and writers but also for tourists and drifters, a... Read more >
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Nowhere Man

Written by Aleksandar Hemon


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 6, 2004
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72702-3 (0-375-72702-7)

“A charmingly discombobulated take on life and language. . . . Hemon makes ordinary occurrences read like psychic disturbances.” —The Village Voice

“A virtuoso linguist, stylist and social observer . . . Hemon delivers a searing, mordantly funny novel. . . . The angst-ridden, horny, adolescent Balkan he depicts is deeply human... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Graveyard

Written by Marek Hlasko
Translated by Norbert Guterman
Introduction by James Sallis


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: December 3, 2013
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-294-9 (1-61219-294-7)

In 1950s Communist Poland, Franciszek Kowalski–a factory worker in his mid-forties–is on his way home one evening after a Party meeting when he runs into an old friend. The two men drink all night until dawn, when Kowalski unthinkingly yells some insults at a policeman. His outburst is taken as criticism... Read more >
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Death of a Nightingale (Nina Borg #3)

Written by Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis
Translated by Elisabeth Dyssegaard


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Soho Crime
On Sale: November 5, 2013
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-1-61695-304-1 (1-61695-304-7)

Natasha Doroshenko, a Ukrainian woman who has been convicted of the attempted murder of her Danish fiancé, escapes police custody on her way to an interrogation in Copenhagen’s police headquarters. That night, the frozen, tortured body of Michael, the ex-fiancé, is found in a car, and the manhunt for Natasha escalates... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Dossier K
A Memoir
Written by Imre Kertesz
Translated by Tim Wilkinson


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: May 7, 2013
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-202-4 (1-61219-202-5)

The first and only memoir from the Nobel Prize—winning author, in the form of an illuminating, often funny, and often combative interview–with himself

Dossier K. is Imre Kertész’s response to the hasty biographies and profiles that followed his 2002 Nobel Prize for Literature–an attempt to set the record straight.

The result is... Read more >
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Fatelessness

Written by Imre Kertesz
Translated by Tim Wilkinson


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 7, 2004
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7863-9 (1-4000-7863-6)

At the age of 14 Georg Koves is plucked from his home in a Jewish section of Budapest and without any particular malice, placed on a train to Auschwitz. He does not understand the reason for his fate. He doesn’t particularly think of himself as Jewish. And his fellow prisoners, who... Read more >
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Kaddish for an Unborn Child

Written by Imre Kertesz
Translated by Tim Wilkinson


Format: Trade Paperback, 132 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 9, 2004
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7862-2 (1-4000-7862-8)

The first word in this mesmerizing novel by the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature is “No.” It is how the novel’s narrator, a middle-aged Hungarian-Jewish writer, answers an acquaintance who asks him if he has a child. It is the answer he gave his wife (now ex-wife) years earlier... Read more >
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Judge On Trial

Written by Ivan Klima


Format: Trade Paperback, 556 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 26, 1994
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73756-8 (0-679-73756-1)

An epic novel about those who stayed in Prague after 1968. When middle-aged judge Adam Kindl is asked not only to try a double murder case but is also expected to find the accused guilty, it is his own shattered faith in the political system that is put on trial.

“A great... Read more >

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Love and Garbage

Written by Ivan Klima


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 31, 1993
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73755-1 (0-679-73755-3)

Love and Garbage is set in Prague years before the Velvet Revolution and explores themes of conscience and betrayal that cut to the bone of life in both totalitarian and democratic societies. The writer-hero of this shrewd and poignant novel has responded to state suppression by becoming a street-sweeper. From his... Read more >

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The Adventures of Sindbad

Written by Gyula Krudy
Translated by George Szirtes
Introduction by George Szirtes


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: November 8, 2011
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-445-6 (1-59017-445-3)

“What you have loved remains yours.” Thus speaks the irresistible rogue Sindbad, ironic hero of these fantastic tales, who has seduced and abandoned countless women over the course of centuries but never lost one, for he returns to visit them all–ladies, actresses, housemaids–in his memories and dreams. From the bustling streets... Read more >
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The Letter Killers Club

Written by Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky
Translated by Joanne Turnbull
Introduction by Caryl Emerson


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: December 6, 2011
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-59017-450-0 (1-59017-450-X)

Writers are professional killers of conceptions. The logic of the Letter Killers Club, a secret society of “conceivers” who commit nothing to paper on principle, is strict and uncompromising. Every Saturday they meet in a fire-lit room hung with blank black bookshelves to present their “pure and unsubstantiated” conceptions: a rehearsal... Read more >
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The Metamorphosis

Written by Franz Kafka
Adapted by Peter Kuper


Format: Trade Paperback, 80 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: July 20, 2004
Price: $10.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-5299-8 (1-4000-5299-8)

**Named by School Library Journal as one of the Best Adult Books for High School Students, 2003

A brilliant, darkly comic reimagining of Kafka’s classic tale of family, alienation, and a giant bug.

Acclaimed graphic artist Peter Kuper presents a kinetic illustrated adaptation of Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis. Kuper’s electric drawings—where American cartooning... Read more >
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The Duel

Written by Alexander Kuprin
Translated by Josh Billings


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: August 16, 2011
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-1-935554-52-3 (1-935554-52-2)

This rediscovered gem by a major, yet neglected, writer– here presented in a dazzling new translation– is an absorbing account of the final days of Czarist Russia.

An absorbing saga about the brutalities of military life upon its own soldiers. Stranded at a distant outpost, young Romashov finds himself obliged to fight... Read more >
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Death and the Penguin

Written by Andrey Kurkov
Translated by George Bird


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Melville International Crime
On Sale: June 7, 2011
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-935554-55-4 (1-935554-55-7)

A masterful tale set in post-Soviet Kiev that’s both darkly-funny and ominous...

In the widely hailed prequel to Penguin Lost, aspiring writer Viktor Zolotaryov leads a down-and-out life in poverty-and-violence-wracked Kiev–he’s out of work and his only friend is a penguin, Misha that he rescued when the local zoo started getting rid... Read more >
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Penguin Lost

Written by Andrey Kurkov
Translated by George Bird


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Melville International Crime
On Sale: September 27, 2011
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-935554-56-1 (1-935554-56-5)

Andrey Kurkov’s first book to be published in English, Death and the Penguin, was hailed by leading critics in the US and the UK as “a tragicomic masterpiece” (The Daily Telegraph) of suspense about life on the crime-riddled streets of an impoverished, post-Soviet Kiev. But until now, fans haven’t been able... Read more >
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