The world’s biggest country, in a magazine. Since 1956.
Peter Sekirin, ed. and trans. (McFarland Books, $45)
A brilliant, engrossing collection of memories from individuals across all strata of Russian life. Arranged in roughly chronological order, with many of the extracts unearthed and translated here for the first time, this compact (albeit expensive) volume offers a rich, multi-faceted portrait of one of the world’s greatest, and most under-appreciated, authors (indeed, we learn, only the works of Shakespeare have been more widely adapted for film).
Reviewed in Russian Life: Jan/Feb 2012