The Idiot

The Idiot Returning to Russia from a sanitarium in Switzerland, the Christ like epileptic Prince Myshkin finds himself enmeshed in a tangle of love, torn between two women the notorious kept woman Nastasya and the pure Aglaia both involved, in turn, with the corrupt, money hungry Ganya In the end, Myshkin s

War and Peace

War and Peace In Russia s struggle with Napoleon, Tolstoy saw a tragedy that involved all mankind Greater than a historical chronicle, War and Peace is an affirmation of life itself, a complete picture , as a contemporary reviewer put it, of everything in which people find their happiness and greatness, their

The Brothers Karamazov

The Brothers Karamazov The Brothers Karamasov is a murder mystery, a courtroom drama, and an exploration of erotic rivalry in a series of triangular love affairs involving the wicked and sentimental Fyodor Pavlovich Karamazov and his three sons the impulsive and sensual Dmitri the coldly rational Ivan and the healthy,


Lolita Humbert Humbert scholar, aesthete and romantic has fallen completely and utterly in love with Lolita Haze, his landlady s gum snapping, silky skinned twelve year old daughter Reluctantly agreeing to marry Mrs Haze just to be close to Lolita, Humbert suffers greatly in the pursuit of romance bu

Dead Souls

Dead Souls Dead Souls is eloquent on some occasions, lyrical on others, and pious and reverent elsewhere Nicolai Gogol was a master of the spoof The American students of today are not the only readers who have been confused by him Russian literary history records divergent interpretations of Gogol than

The Master and Margarita

The Master and Margarita The first complete, annotated English Translation of Mikhail Bulgakov s comic masterpiece n nAn audacious revision of the stories of Faust and Pontius Pilate, The Master and Margarita is recognized as one of the essential classics of modern Russian literature The novel s vision of Soviet life in the

A Hero of Our Time

A Hero of Our Time In its adventurous happenings, its abductions, duels, and sexual intrigues, A Hero of Our Time looks backward to the tales of Sir Walter Scott and Lord Byron, so beloved by Russian society in the 1820s and 30s In the character of its protagonist, Pechorin, the archetypal Russian antihero, Lermonto


Petersburg Taking place over a short, turbulent period in 1905, Petersburg is a colourful evocation of Russia s capital a kaleidoscope of images and impressions, an eastern window on the west, a symbol of the ambiguities and paradoxes of the Russian character History, culture, and politics are blended and j

Deathless (Leningrad Diptych, #1)

Deathless (Leningrad Diptych, #1) Koschei the Deathless is to Russian folklore what devils or wicked witches are to European culture a menacing, evil figure the villain of countless stories which have been passed on through story and text for generations But Koschei has never before been seen through the eyes of Catherynne Valent

Vassa in the Night

Vassa in the Night In the enchanted kingdom of Brooklyn, the fashionable people put on cute shoes, go to parties in warehouses, drink on rooftops at sunset, and tell themselves they ve arrived A whole lot of Brooklyn is like that now but not Vassa s working class neighborhood n nIn Vassa s neighborhood, where she live

The Lost Crown

The Lost Crown Olga, Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia Like the fingers on a hand first headstrong Olga then Tatiana, the tallest Maria the most hopeful for a ring and Anastasia, the smallest These are the daughters of Tsar Nicholas II, grand duchesses living a life steeped in tradition and privilege They are e

Russian Poets

Russian Poets Russian poets have always been admired for the lyric and emotional intensity with which they forge private and public experience into verse, and this volume gathers together some of the best loved, and most powerful and immediate poems from the greatest Russian poets of the nineteenth and twentieth

Ice Road

Ice Road Leningrad 1933 Loyalties, beliefs, love and family ties all are about to be tested to the limit in a fight to see who will survive one of the most crushing moments the world will ever know Boris Ivanov, the father who understands politics and pragmatism his daughter Natasha, a carefree, delight

Anna (The Kirov Saga, #1)

Anna (The Kirov Saga, #1) When Anne Peters, a young Englishwoman, is offered a new life in St Petersburg as governess to Count Kirov s children, she finds herself caught up in the intense lives of the family The author won the Young Writer s Award in 1972 for her book The Waiting Game.