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Chtenia: Readings from Russia
 

Chtenia

Readings from Russia

There really is something fundamentally different about Russian literature.

 

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 published between 2008 and 2017. Click on a cover to see it in an enlarged view. Click on its title to see the table of contents.

Fall 2017

40: Fall
Fall 2017
contents
Summer 2017

39: Turgenev Bilingual
Summer 2017
contents
Spring 2017

38: Happiness
Spring 2017
contents
Winter 2017

37: The Year 1917
Winter 2017
contents
Fall 2016

36: Reading Bulgakov
Fall 2016
contents
Summer 2016

35: Gypsies
Summer 2016
contents
Spring 2016

34: Treasure Hunting
Spring 2016
contents
Winter 2016

33: Military Tales
Winter 2016
contents
Fall 2015

32: Musical Writing
Fall 2015
contents
Summer 2015

31: Okudzhava Bilingual
Summer 2015
contents
Spring 2015

30: Science Fictions
Spring 2015
contents
Winter 2015

29: Leningrad Under Siege
Winter 2015
contents
Fall 2014

28: Superfluous Men
Fall 2014
contents
Summer 2014

27: The War to End All
Summer 2014
contents
Spring 2014

26: Springtime in Paris
Spring 2014
contents
Winter 2014

25: Storied Moscow
Winter 2014
contents
Fall 2013

24: Dostoyevsky Bilingual
Fall 2013
contents
Summer 2013

23: Women Writing
Summer 2013
contents
Spring 2013

22: Spies and Imposters
Spring 2013
contents
Winter 2013

21: Dark and Scary
Winter 2013
contents
Fall 2012

20: Tolstoy Bilingual
Fall 2012
contents
Summer 2012

19: Horse Power
Summer 2012
contents
Spring 2012

18: Other Worlds
Spring 2012
contents
Winter 2012

17: Sport
Winter 2012
contents
Fall 2011

16: Wisdom
Fall 2011
contents
Summer 2011

15: Summer
Summer 2011
contents
Spring 2011

14: City Life
Spring 2011
contents
Winter 2011

13: Luck
Winter 2011
contents
Fall 2010

12: Chekhov Bilingual
Fall 2010
contents
Summer 2010

11: Dacha Life
Summer 2010
contents
Spring 2010

10: Hope Dies Last
Spring 2010
contents
Winter 2010

9: Behind the Urals
Winter 2010
contents
Fall 2009

8: Love a la Russe
Fall 2009
contents
Summer 2009

7: To the Caucasus
Summer 2009
contents
Spring 2009

6: Gogol Mogul
Spring 2009
contents
Winter 2009

5: Winter Holidays
Winter 2009
contents
Fall 2008

4: Childhood
Fall 2008
contents
Summer 2008

3: Road Trips
Summer 2008
contents
Spring 2008

2: Three Russian Springs
Spring 2008
contents
Winter 2008

1: The Hearts of Dogs
Winter 2008
contents