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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...


Doctor Zhivago

by Boris Pasternak, Richard Pevear & Larissa Volokhonsky

First published in Italy in 1957 amid international controversy, Doctor Zhivago is the story of the life and loves of a poet/physician during the turmoil of the Russian Revolution. Taking his family from Moscow...


The Golden Age (Czech Literature Series)

by Michal Ajvaz & Andrew Oakland

Heir to the philosophical-fantastical tradition of Borges, Calvino, and Perec, The Golden Age is Michal Ajvaz's greatest and most ambitious work.The Golden Age is a fantastical travelogue in which a modern-day...


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 Symmetry Teacher

by Andrei Bitov & Polly 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 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.”...


The Naked Year

by Boris Pilnyak

Boris Pilnyak, an important stylistic force in twentieth-century Russian literature, never shied from controversy. It was his novel The Naked Year, a flinchingly honest portrayal of life in post-Revolutionary...


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."In ten of her best essay-stories, Giedra Radvilavičiūtė...


Morphine

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...


The Spectre of Alexander Wolf

by Gaïto Gazdanov & Bryan Karetnyk

Of all my memories, of all my life's innumerable sensations, the most onerous was that of the single murder I had committed.'

A man comes across a short story which recounts in minute detail his killing of a...


Cancer Ward

by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Cancer Ward examines the relationship of a group of people in the cancer ward of a provincial Soviet hospital in 1955, two years after Stalin's death. We see them under normal circumstances, and also reexamined...


One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

The only English translation authorized by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

First published in the Soviet journal Novy Mir in 1962, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich stands as a classic of contemporary literature....


The Brothers Ashkenazi

by I.J. Singer

In the Polish city of Lodz, the brothers Ashkenazi grew up very differently in talent and in temperament. Max, the firstborn, is fiercely intelligent and conniving, determined to succeed financially by any means...


Petroleum Venus: a novel

by Alexander Snegirev

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


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...


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 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”...


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.The Attic is Danilo Kiš's first novel. Written...