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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
ISBN: 978-0-307-95133-5 (0-307-95133-2)

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
ISBN: 978-0-307-38886-5 (0-307-38886-7)

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 >

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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
ISBN: 978-0-307-95134-2 (0-307-95134-0)

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
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7998-8 (1-4000-7998-5)

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

Written by Leo Tolstoy
Translated by Constance Garnett
Introduction by A.N. Wilson


Format: Trade Paperback, 1424 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: July 9, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-76064-8 (0-375-76064-4)

Often called the greatest novel ever written, War and Peace is at once an epic of the Napoleonic Wars, a philosophical study, and a celebration of the Russian spirit. Tolstoy’s genius is seen clearly in the multitude of characters in this massive chronicle—all of them fully realized and equally memorable. Out... Read more >
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War and Peace

Written by Leo Tolstoy
Translated by Constance Garnett


Format: Hardcover, 1408 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: May 17, 1994
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-60084-8 (0-679-60084-1)

This Modern Library hardcover edition of Tolstoy's classic is translated by Constance Garnett. Read more >

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Fathers and Sons

Written by Ivan Turgenev
Revised by Elizabeth Cheresh Allen
Translated by Constance Garnett
Introduction by Ann Pasternak Slater


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 13, 2001
Price: $11.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75839-3 (0-375-75839-9)

When Fathers and Sons was first published in Russia, in 1862, it was met with a blaze of controversy about where Turgenev stood in relation to his account of generational misunderstanding. Was he criticizing the worldview of the conservative aesthete, Pavel Kirsanov, and the older generation, or that of the radical... Read more >
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The Funeral Party
A Novel
Written by Ludmila Ulitskaya


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: January 15, 2002
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1132-0 (0-8052-1132-2)

August 1991. In a sweltering New York City apartment, a group of Russian émigrés gathers round the deathbed of an artist named Alik, a charismatic character beloved by them all, especially the women who take turns nursing him as he fades from this world. Their reminiscences of the dying man and... Read more >
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Medea and Her Children

Written by Ludmila Ulitskaya


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: January 13, 2004
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1144-3 (0-8052-1144-6)

Medea Georgievna Sinoply Mendez is the last remaining pureblooded Greek in a family that has lived on the Crimean coast for centuries. The childless widow of a Russian Jewish ex-revolutionary, she is the touchstone of a large family of nieces and nephews who, together with their spouses, children, and friends, gather... Read more >
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Sonechka
A Novella and Stories
Written by Ludmila Ulitskaya


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: May 3, 2005
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4195-2 (0-8052-4195-7)

The Los Angeles Times said of Ludmila Ulitskaya's The Funeral Party, “In America we have friends, family, lovers, and parents—four kinds of love. Could it really be that in Russia they have more? Ulitskaya makes it seem so.” In Sonechka\, Ludmila Ulitskaya brings us tales of these other loves in her... Read more >
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Broccoli and Other Tales of Food and Love

Written by Lara Vapnyar


Format: Trade Paperback, 162 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 2, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27988-0 (0-307-27988-X)

Each of Lara Vapnyar's six stories invites us into a world where food and love intersect, along with the overlapping pleasures and frustrations of Vapnyar's uniquely captivating characters. Meet Nina, a recent arrival from Russia, for whom colorful vegetables represent her own fresh hopes and dreams . . . Luda and... Read more >
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There Are Jews in My House

Written by Lara Vapnyar


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 7, 2004
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3389-8 (1-4000-3389-6)

There Are Jews in My House is one of the most striking debuts of recent years. Tracing the lives and aspirations of Russians living in Moscow and Brooklyn, these poignant, sad and funny stories create a luminous new literary world.

In the title story, set during the Second World War, Galina... Read more >
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Faithful Ruslan

Written by Georgi Vladimov
Translated by Michael Glenny


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: September 27, 2011
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-935554-67-7 (1-935554-67-0)

Unavailable for twenty years, this harrowing allegory of obedience to authority is esteemed as “one of the defining literary texts of the post-Stalin period.” (The Guardian)

A starving stray, tortured and abandoned by the godlike “Master” whom he has unconditionally loved, Ruslan and his cadre of fellow guard dogs dutifully wait for... Read more >
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The Magical Chorus
A History of Russian Culture from Tolstoy to Solzhenitsyn
Written by Solomon Volkov


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 10, 2009
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7786-1 (1-4000-7786-9)

From the reign of Tsar Nicholas II to the brutal cult of Stalin to the ebullient, uncertain days of perestroika, nowhere has the inextricable relationship between politics and culture been more starkly illustrated than in twentieth-century Russia.

In the first book to fully examine the intricate and often deadly interconnection between... Read more >
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Alexander Vvedensky: An Invitation for Me to Think

Written by Alexander Vvedensky
Edited by Eugene Ostashevsky
Translated by Matvei Yankelevich and Eugene Ostashevsky


Format: Trade Paperback, 168 pages
Publisher: NYRB Poets
On Sale: April 2, 2013
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-630-6 (1-59017-630-8)

“I raise[d] my hand against concepts,” wrote Alexander Vvedensky, “I enacted a poetic critique of reason.” This weirdly and wonderfully philosophical poet was born in 1904, grew up in the midst of war and revolution, and reached his artistic maturity as Stalin was twisting the meaning of words in grotesque and... Read more >
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Russian Poets

Edited by Peter Washington


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: May 12, 2009
Price: $13.50
ISBN: 978-0-307-26974-4 (0-307-26974-4)

Russian poets have always been admired for the lyric and emotional intensity with which they forge private and public experience into verse, and this volume gathers together some of the best-loved, and most powerful and immediate poems from the greatest Russian poets of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Here is the... Read more >

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We

Written by Yevgeny Zamyatin
Translated by Natasha Randall
Foreword by Bruce Sterling


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: July 11, 2006
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7462-1 (0-8129-7462-X)

An inspiration for George Orwell’s 1984 and a precursor to the work of Philip K. Dick and Stanislaw Lem, We is a classic of dystopian science fiction ripe for rediscovery. Written in 1921 by the Russian revolutionary Yevgeny Zamyatin, this story of the thirtieth century is set in the One State... Read more >
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