The world’s biggest country, in a magazine. Since 1956.
Translated by Valentina Brougher and Frank Miller, with Mark Lipovetsky
(Academic Studies Press, $29)
While the target market for this weighty tome may have been university survey courses in Russian literature, non-collegians also benefit. This is a thoroughly impressive collection of short works by Russian authors spanning the entire twentieth century – from Andreyev to Petrushevskaya, and touching on all genres. An excellent bedside or couch-side companion to dip into as the mood strikes. The fact that most of the stories have never before been translated into English makes this collection all the more valuable. Highly recommended.
Reviewed in Russian Life: May/June 2012