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by Ivan Goncharov

The sly, subversive side of the nineteenth-century Russian literary character -- the one which represents such a contrast to the titanic exertions of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky -- was most fully realized in Ivan...

The Symmetry Teacher

by Andrei Bitov, Polly Gannon & Mary Catherine Gannon

From one of the greatest Russian writers of the past half century comes a metaphysical mystery novel that defies categorization and confounds expectation. Andrei Bitov's The Symmetry Teacher presents itself...

The Matiushin Case

by Oleg Pavlov & Andrew Bromfield

The Matiushin Case is one of the darkest and most powerful works of fiction to appear in Russian in the last twenty years. Deriving, like Captain of the Steppe (2013, And Other Stories), from Oleg Pavlov’s...

The Swedish Cavalier: A Novel

by Leo Perutz & John Brownjohn

A thief and a nobleman, both down on their luck, cross paths on a bitter winter’s day in 1701. One, known locally as “The Fowl-Filcher,” is fleeing the gallows; the other, the callow Christian von Tornefeld,...

The Graveyard

by Marek Hlasko & Norbert Guterman

“History has no use for witnesses.”

When Marek Hłasko sent this novel to publishers in Poland in the mid-1950s, it was uniformly rejected. When he asked why, he was told: “This Poland doesn’t exist.”...


by Mikhail Afanasevich Bulgakov & Hugh Aplin

From the author of The Master and Margarita comes this short and tragic masterpiece about drug addiction Young Dr. Bromgard has come to a small country town to assume a new practice. No sooner has he arrived...

Those Whom I Would Like to Meet Again

by Giedra Radvilaviciute & Elizabeth Novickas

Ten stories on the border of fiction and essay, in which the experiences of life “are unrecognizably transformed, like the flour, eggs, nuts, and apples in a cake.”

I Served the King of England (New Directions Classic)

by Bohumil Hrabal & Paul Wilson

In a comic masterpiece following the misadventures of a simple but hugely ambitious waiter in pre-World War II Prague, who rises to wealth only to lose everything with the onset of Communism, Bohumil Hrabal...

The Lute and the Scars

by Danilo Kis & John K. Cox

Against a background of oppression and exile, the debate between death and writing continues unabated in The Lute and the Scars: death as allegory or symbolic act, and writing as the one impregnable defense,...

The Attic

by Danilo Kis & John K. Cox

The Attic explores the relationship of a young man, known only as Orpheus, to the art of writing; it also tracks his relationship with a colorful cast of characters.

Psalm 44

by Danilo Kis & John K. Cox

Psalm 44 is the last major work of fiction by Danilo Kiš to be translated into English, and his only novel dealing explicitly with Auschwitz (where his own father died).

In Concert Performance

by Nikolai Dezhnev

In Concert Performance has earned Nikolai Dezhnev praise and international success that is unrivaled by any other contemporary Russian writer. A bestseller in Russia, it brings us, with wit and insight, into...

The Zone: A Prison Camp Guard's Story

by Sergei Dovlatov

Written in Sergei Dovlatov’s unique voice and unmatched style, The Zone is a satirical novelization of Dovlatov’s time as a prison guard for the Soviet Army in the early 1960s. Snapshots of the prison are...

The Night Before Christmas (New Directions Pearls)

by Nikolai Gogol & Constance Garnett

Nikolai Gogol's hilarious and macabre tale of a Christmas Eve with a devil and a romantic twist. It is the night before Christmas and devilry is afoot. The devil steals the moon and hides it in his pocket. He...

The Hall of the Singing Caryatids (New Directions Pearls)

by Victor Pelevin & Andrew Bromfield

A far-out, far-fetched, and fiendishly funny story about a strange nightclub and its outrageous entertainment. After auditioning for the part as a singing geisha at a dubious bar, Lena and eleven other “lucky”...

Dukla (Polish Literature Series)

by Andrzej Stasiuk & Bill Johnston

Stasiuk's masterpiece-in line with the work of Danilo Kis and countryman Bruno Schulz-is finally made available in English in a stunning translation by Bill Johnston.At several points in the haunting Dukla,...

Faithful Ruslan

by Georgi Vladimov & Michael Glenny

Unavailable for twenty years, this harrowing allegory of obedience to authority is esteemed as “one of the defining literary texts of the post-Stalin period.” (The Guardian)

Set in a remote Siberian depot...

The Opportune Moment, 1855 (Czech Literature Series)

by Patrik Ou?edník & Alex Zucker

A Voltairean attack on the political idealism that gave birth to the modern world.

Day of the Oprichnik

by Vladimir Sorokin & Jamey Gambrell

One of The Telegraph's Best Fiction Books 2011

Moscow, 2028. A cold, snowy morning.

Andrei Danilovich Komiaga is fast asleep. A scream, a moan, and a death rattle slowly pull him out of his drunken stupor--but...

The Suitcase: A Novel

by Sergei Dovlatov

Sergei Dovlatov’s subtle, dark-edged humor and wry observations are in full force in The Suitcase as he examines eight objects—the items he brought with him in his luggage upon his emigration from the U.S.S.R....