In "Mebet", contemporary novelist Alexander Grigorenko seeks to bring alive some of the folkloric traditions of the Russian taiga with a modern twist, creating a story that is part fantasy, part myth, and part allegory.
My essay, "Always to Seek: On Reading Russian Literature in Translation", has been published in the online journal, Reading in Translation, on the happy occasion of World Book Day.
Throughout the 1990's and into the 2000's, Marci Shore lived and studied in the former USSR states of Poland and the Czech Republic, seeking to understand the legacy of the former totalitarian regimes. In this uneven but disquieting book, she soon discovers that the Soviet past still hasn't ended, and is shaping the present in many unsettling ways.
Nikolai Gogol is famous as a master satirist, but his lesser-known novel, "Taras Bulba", reveals a different side to the writer. In his story of Cossack valour and betrayal, Gogol explores the enduring mystique of the Cossack way of life.
Ryszard Kapuściński (1932-2007) overcame humble beginnings and a war-torn childhood to become the most famous journalist of the 20th century, covering revolutions from around the globe and creating a form of literary journalism all his own. In this biography, Artur Domosławski sets out on a quest to disentangle fact from fiction, and the man from the myth.
The first full-length English translation of Julius Margolin's Gulag memoir has just been released by Oxford University Press, and Literary Hub is featuring an excerpt from it.
In 1878, the Governor of St. Petersburg was shot at point-blank range in an assassination attempt. To everyone's surprise, the perpetrator was a young woman named Vera Zasulich, whose violent act seemed to form an odd contrast with her quiet demeanour. In this story of radicalism, Ana Siljak uncovers how one seemingly ordinary woman triggered the birth of Russian Terrorism.
Lapham's Quarterly has a new essay by Jennifer Wilson, exploring the decadent and strangely contradictory world of Anastasia Verbitskaya's forgotten prerevolutionary bestseller, "The Keys To Happiness" (1908-1913).
Alexey Wangenheim was an accomplished meteorologist and devoted Communist, until his career came to an abrupt end with his arrest and deportation to Siberia in 1934. In "Stalin's Meteorologist", Olivier Rolin sets out to retrace the Gulag experiences and mysterious disappearance of a man almost lost to history.
The famed husband-and-wife translation team of Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky have a new translated collection of Anton Chekhov's short stories. Literary Hub recently featured both an article by Pevear on Chekhov, and a story excerpt from the collection.