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Vilnius Poker

by Ricardas Gavelis & Elizabeth Novickas

The "turning point in Lithuanian literature," Vilnius Poker is, according to Green Apple Books, the "best Lithuanian Zombie Novel ever."


High Tide

by Inga Abele & Kaija Straumanis

The story of a woman's life told in reverse, this is the first Latvian novel to be published in America.


Pushkin Hills

by Sergei Dovlatov

An unsuccessful writer and an inveterate alcoholic, Boris Alikhanov has recently divorced his wife Tatyana, and he is running out of money. The prospect of a summer job as a tour guide at the Pushkin Hills Preserve...


Maya Pill

by German Sadulaev & Carol Apollonio

German Sadulaev’s follow-up to his acclaimed I am a Chechen! is set in a twenty-first century Russia, phantasmagorical and violent. A bitingly funny twenty-first century satire, The Maya Pill is strange,...


Petroleum Venus: a novel

by Alexander Snegirev & Arch Tait

Based on personal experience, this is the tragicomic story of a single father of a 14-year-old son with Down syndrome


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.


The Same Night Awaits Us All

by Hristo Karastoyanov & Izidora Angel

Thirty years after being secretly executed by government agents, the remains of the great Bulgarian poet, Geo Milev, were found in a mass grave. The Same Night Awaits Us All reconstructs the final year and a...


Swallowing Mercury

by Wioletta Greg & Eliza Marciniak

While political change hums in the background, Wiola looks back on her youth in a close-knit agricultural community in 1980s Poland: the superstitions of the village women, rumored visits from the pope, the...


Salki

by Wojciech Nowicki & Jan Pytalski

Recipient of the Gdynia Literary Award, the appropriately titled Salki—a "salki" is an attic to store memorabilia—is a travel narrative focused as much on moving through time as space. As he travels from city...


The Golden Calf

by Ilya Ilf, Evgeny Petrov, Konstantin Gurevich & Helen Anderson

Ostap Bender, one of Russia's most beloved literary characters and an unrelenting con man, is trying to scam a scammer in The Golden Calf and swindle enough to be able to move to Rio. One of the funniest, and...


Walker on Water

by Kristiina Ehin & Ilmar Lehtpere

A woman cultivates a knack for walking on water, but is undermined by her husband's brain, which he removes each night when he returns home from work; a couple overcomes the irksome mischief of the gods; a skeptical...


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 Black Box

by Alek Popov

The Black Box is the latest satirical novel from one of Europe's funniest and most exciting emerging writers.

In 1990 two Bulgarian brothers, Ned and Angel, receive an unusual package from the USA: a black plastic...


The Dead Lake

by Hamid Ismailov & Andrew Bromfield

A haunting Russian tale about the environmental legacy of the Cold War.

Yerzhan grows up in a remote part of Soviet Kazakhstan where atomic weapons are tested. As a young boy he falls in love with the neighbour’s...


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....


The Matiushin Case

by Oleg Pavlov

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...