Try this test: ask a friend to name three Russian authors. No doubt they pass with flying colors (most likely naming Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Gogol, Chekhov, Solzhenitsyn, Nabokov and maybe even Pushkin or Lermontov).
Now ask the same friend to name three German (or French, Italian or Chinese) authors. If they succeed, we're betting they were slower to respond, and less sure of themselves.
The contribution that Russian literature has made to world civilization has been immense, and Chtenia ("readings," in Russian) is a 40-volume homage to that heritage.
Each numbered issue of Chtenia (published from 2008-2017) is a journey of discovery that mixes lesser-known classics with modern marvels in a compact, enjoyable, truly impressive collection of stories, memoirs, essays, poetry and photography.
Chtenia presents new or long-forgotten works of classic authors like Pushkin, Gogol and Tolstoy alongside works by contemporary authors like Sorokin, Gelasimov and Slavnikova.
But fiction is only the beginning. Each issue of Chtenia has wonderful photography, memoirs, essays on popular culture, song lyrics, poetry, humor, all centered around a chosen theme.
The result is a vivid snapshot of one aspect of Russian culture, an introduction that is sure to give you insights into new areas of Russian life.
“The journal is handsomely but simply produced, privileging the text over fancy graphics, but easy to read and designed for study and enjoyment, which makes it both an excellent classroom resource, as well as fine reading for anyone who appreciates good literary journals... This is an impressive and unusual journal that deserves a space in every university and secondary school's library collection and in the mailboxes of serious readers, no matter their Russian language skills.” New Pages
Chtenia’s stories are translated into fluent, engaging English by some of the best Russian-to-English literary translators working today, making each issue a beautiful collector’s edition. Here is a cover gallery of the forty published issues of Chtenia published from 2008-2017. Most still have back issues left, but quantities are limited.
You can browse all 40 covers of Chtenia which we have published since the first issue in 2008. Click on a cover to see it in an enlarged view. Click on its title to see the table of contents.