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Russian Life Books

Books

We got our start in 1990, publishing books on Russian business and travel. Over our 25-year history, we have ventured into maps, periodicals, ebooks, ejournals and online publishing.

But books are still a core part of our publishing business. In just the past few years, we have published nearly two dozen titles, and two of them have won a prestigious national award for the best translation of the year.

A PDF version of our current catalog can be downloaded here.

 

Recently Published Titles

June 20, 2017
Woe From Wit (bilingual)
Woe From Wit (bilingual)

One of the most famous works of Russian literature, the four-act comedy in verse Woe from Wit skewers staid, nineteenth century Russian society, and it positively teems with “winged phrases” that are essential colloquialisms for students of Russian and Russian culture.

January 9, 2017
Maria's War: A Soldier's Autobiography
Maria's War: A Soldier's Autobiography

This astonishingly gripping autobiography by the founder of the Russian Women’s Death Battallion in World War I is an eye-opening documentary of life before, during and after the Bolshevik Revolution.

December 12, 2016
Murder and the Muse
Murder and the Muse

KGB Chief Andropov has tapped Matyushkin to solve a brazen jewel heist from Picasso’s wife at the posh Metropole Hotel. But when the case bleeds over into murder, machinations, and international intrigue, not everyone is eager to see where the clues might lead.

December 1, 2016
The Moscow Eccentric
The Moscow Eccentric

Advance reviewers are calling this new translation "a coup" and "a remarkable achievement." This rediscovered gem of a novel by one of Russia's finest writers explores some of the thorniest issues of the early twentieth century.

July 1, 2016
The Spine of Russia
The Spine of Russia

This coffee table book is the photographic journal of an epic 6000-kilometer road trip. The book includes over 200 compelling images of Russians and Russian places met along the way, plus a dozen texts (in both English and Russian) on everything from business to education, from roads to fools.

June 1, 2016
Driving Down Russia's Spine
Driving Down Russia's Spine

This book is the story of the epic Spine of Russia trip, intertwining fascinating subject profiles with digressions into historical and cultural themes relevant to understanding modern Russia. It is a story told with humor and with the insight derived from the author’s three decades of intimate interactions with Russia.

October 15, 2015
Red Star Tales: A Century of Russian and Soviet Science Fiction
Red Star Tales: A Century of Russian and Soviet Science Fiction

For over 100 years, most of the science fiction produced by the world’s largest country has been beyond the reach of Western readers. This new collection changes that, bringing a large body of influential works into the English orbit. 

July 1, 2015
The Latchkey Murders
The Latchkey Murders

Senior Lieutenant Pavel Matyushkin is back on the case in this prequel to the popular mystery Murder at the Dacha, in which a serial killer is on the loose in Khrushchev’s Moscow...

July 1, 2015
Okudzhava Bilingual
Okudzhava Bilingual

A look at the life and work of Bulat Okudzhava, King of the Bards. Thematic sections have short introductions, and all poems and stories in this volume are presented side by side in English and Russian.

May 1, 2015
Bears in the Caviar
Bears in the Caviar

Bears in the Caviar is a hilarious and insightful memoir by a diplomat who was “present at the creation” of US-Soviet relations. Charles Thayer headed off to Russia in 1933, calculating that if he could just learn Russian and be on the spot when the US and USSR established relations, he could make himself indispensable and start a career in the foreign service. Remarkably, he pulled it of.

December 1, 2014
East of the Sun: The Epic Conquest and Tragic History of Siberia
East of the Sun: The Epic Conquest and Tragic History of Siberia

The very word Siberia evokes a history and reputation as awesome as it is enthralling. In this acclaimed book on Russia’s conquest of its eastern realms, Benson Bobrick offers a story that is both rich and subtle, broad and deep. 

November 3, 2014
The Little Humpbacked Horse
The Little Humpbacked Horse

A beloved Russian classic about a resourceful Russian peasant, Vanya, and his miracle-working horse, who together undergo various trials, exploits and adventures at the whim of a laughable tsar, told in rich, narrative poetry.