Chechnya, a 6,000-square-mile corner of the northern Caucasus, has struggled under Russian domination for centuries. The region declared its independence in 1991, leading to a brutal war, Russian withdrawal, and subsequent "governance" by bandits and warlords. A series of apartment building attacks in Moscow in 1999, allegedly orchestrated by a rebel faction, reignited the war, which continues to rage today. Russia has gone to great lengths to keep journalists from reporting on the conflict; consequently, few people outside the region understand its scale and the atrocities—described by eyewit... continue
Hailed by Washington Post Book World as “the best [translation] currently available" when it was first published, this second edition has been updated in honor of the 200th anniversary of Dostoevsky’s birth. With the same suppleness, energy, and range of voices that won their translation of The Brothers Karamazov the PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Prize, Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky offer a brilliant translation of Dostoevsky's astounding pyschological thriller, newly revised for his bicentenniel. When Raskolnikov, an impoverished student living in the St. Petersburg of the tsars, commit... continue
Hailed by Nabokov as "the greatest artist that Russia has yet produced," Nikolai Gogol (1809-1852) left his mark as a playwright, novelist, and writer of short stories. Gogol's works remain popular with both writers and readers, who prize his originality, imaginative gifts, and sheer exuberance.
This collection offers an excellent introduction to the author's works. Opening a door to his bizarre world of broad comedy, fantasy, and social commentary, the title story portrays a petty official's mental disintegration as he struggles for the attention of the woman he love... continue
Anton Pawlowitsch Tschechow: Drei Schwestern. (Tri Sestry) Das 1900 entstandene Schauspiel zeichnet das Leben der drei Schwestern Olga, Mascha und Irina nach, die nach dem Tode des Vaters gemeinsam mit ihrem Bruder Andrej in der russischen Provinz leben. Natascha, die Frau Andrejs, drängt die Schwestern nach und nach aus dem eigenen Hause. Erstdruck: In: Russkaja mysl', H. 2, Moskau 1901. Hier nach der Übers. v. August Scholz, Berlin: I. Ladyschnikow, [o.J.]. Vollständige Neuausgabe mit einer Biographie des Autors. Herausgegeben von Karl-Maria Guth. Berlin 2013. Textgrundlage ist die Ausgabe: ... continue
Un novelista ruso exiliado regresa a San Petersburgo para conocer las circunstancias que rodean la muerte de su hijastro Pavel. Obsesivamente asediado por el recuerdo, se ve inmerso en la violencia revolucionaria de 1869.
J. M. Coetzee, premio Nobel de Literatura 2003, recrea la figura de Fiodor Dostoievski, el gran novelista del siglo XIX, en una obra de ficción que es a la vez un apasionante relato de misterio y un documentado retrato psicológico.
Intors la Sankt Petersburg dupa un lung tratament la un sanatoriu din Elvetia, printul Lev Nikolaevici Miskin este luat in ris de inalta societatea a orasului, care il socoteste sarac cu duhul. Miskin se poarta mereu cu o sinceritate stingace, luata de majoritatea oamenilor drept prostie sau perfidie. In puritatea lui, Miskin se simte atras, din motive diferite, de doua femei de situatii opuse: Aglaia Ivanovna, femeia „cinstita”, de familie buna, de care e indragostit, si Nastasia Filippovna, femeia „compromisa”, de care printul se simte legat poate chiar mai profund, prin compasiunea pe care ... continue
Klotsvog is a novel about being Jewish in the Soviet Union and the historical trauma of World War II--and it's a novel about the petty dramas and demons of one strikingly vain woman. Maya Abramovna Klotsvog has had quite a life, and she wants you to know all about it. Selfish, garrulous, and thoroughly entertaining, she tells us where she came from, who she didn't get along with, and what became of all her husbands and lovers. In Klotsvog, Margarita Khemlin creates a first-person narrator who is both deeply self-absorbed and deeply compelling. From Maya's perspective, Khemlin unfurls a retelli... continue