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David Magarshack

David Magarshack was known for his many translations from his native Russian, including works by Dostoyevsky.


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The Best Short Stories of Fyodor Dostoevsky
Written by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Translated by David Magarshack
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | February 2001
$16.00/22.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-75688-7 (0-375-75688-4)

This collection, unique to the Modern Library, gathers seven of Dostoevsky's key works and shows him to be equally adept at the short story as with the novel. Exploring many of the same themes as in his longer works, these small masterpieces move from the tender and romantic White Nights, an... Read more

The Devils
Written by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Translated by David Magarshack, Introduction by David Magarshack
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | February 1954
$16.95/22.95(Canada) | 978-0-14-044035-5 (0-14-044035-6)

“What I am writing now is a tendentious thing,” Dostoyevsky wrote to a friend in connection with his first outline for The Devils. “I feel like saying everything as passionately as possible. (Let the nihilists and the Westerners scream that I am reactionary!) To hell with them. I shall say everything... Read more

Written by Ivan Goncharov, Translated by David Magarshack, Introduction by David Magarshack and Milton Ehre
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | September 2005
$17.00/23.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-044987-7 (0-14-044987-6)

Written with sympathetic humor and compassion, this masterful portrait of upper-class decline made Ivan Goncharov famous throughout Russia on its publication in 1859. Ilya Ilyich Oblomov is a member of Russia’s dying aristocracy—a man so lazy that he has given up his job in the Civil Service, neglected his books, insulted... Read more

The Enchanted Wanderer
Written by Nikolai Leskov, Translated by David Magarshack, Introduction by V. S. Pritchett
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | January 2003
$13.95/21.00(Canada) | 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

Anna Karenina
Written by Leo Tolstoy, Translated by David Magarshack, Introduction by Priscilla Meyer
Signet | Paperback | November 2002
$7.95/8.99(Canada) | 978-0-451-52861-2 (0-451-52861-1)

Leo Tolstoy's evocative tale of doomed love—one of the greatest novels of the nineteenth century.

Upon it's publication, Anna Karenina startled the world with its powerful portrayal of the human need for love and happiness weighed against the rigid demands of society. Its heroine, the sensual, rebellious Anna, renounces a respectable yet stifling...

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