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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...


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).


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,...


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.The nineteenth-century founding of "free settlements" in the Americas serves as a starting point for the new novel by popular...


You Do Understand (Slovenian Literature Series)

by Andrej Blatnik & Tamara M. Soban

Partly parables, partly fairy tales, You Do Understand is a comedy of errors for a species of talkers who’ve never learned to listen.This collection of sharp, spare, occasionally absurd, cruel, touching, and...


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...


Snow White and Russian Red

by Dorota Maslowska & Benjamin Paloff

Dorota Maslowska's audacious debut novel establishes her as a new young literary voice of international importance. When Snow White and Russian Red was first published, it became a controversial, acclaimed best...


Happiness is Possible

by Oleg Zaionchkovsky

Happiness is Possible tells the story of a writer late delivering his novel, unable to write anything uplifting since his wife walked out. All he can produce is notes about the happiness of others. But something...


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...


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 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....