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Vilnius Poker

by Ricardas Gavelis & Elizabeth Novickas Open Letter (September 01, 2013)

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 Open Letter (September 28, 2013)

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 Counterpoint (March 18, 2014)

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 Dalkey Archive Press (November 07, 2013)

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 Glas (February 12, 2013)

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 Dalkey Archive Press (August 21, 2012)

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.


by Yevgeny Zamyatin Harper Voyager (September 15, 2015)

Before Brave New World . . .

Before 1984 . . . There was . . .


In the One State of the great Benefactor, there are no individuals, only numbers. Life is an ongoing process of mathematical precision, a perfectly...

The Same Night Awaits Us All

by Hristo Karastoyanov & Izidora Angel Open Letter (December 22, 2017)

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 Transit Books (August 21, 2017)

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...


by Wojciech Nowicki & Jan Pytalski Open Letter (May 22, 2017)

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 Open Letter (December 15, 2009)

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...

The Year of the Comet

by Sergei Lebedev & Antonina W. Bouis New Vessel Press (February 14, 2017)

"A clear poetic sensibility built to stand against the forces of erasure."—The Wall Street Journal

"Lebedev takes his place beside Solzhenitsyn and other great writers who have refused to abide by silence."—...

Walker on Water

by Kristiina Ehin & Ilmar Lehtpere The Unnamed Press (August 18, 2014)

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 Counterpoint (February 01, 2012)

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...


by Serhiy Zhadan, Reilly Costigan-Humes & Isaac Wheeler Deep Vellum Publishing (May 02, 2016)

Easy Rider meets Pedro Páramo in this darkly funny, fast-paced road novel that barrels through eastern Ukraine's ravaged industrial landscape.

Killing Auntie

by Andrzej Bursa & Wiesiek Powaga New Vessel Press (July 13, 2015)

A hilarious and provocative novel that's equal parts Dostoevsky and Woody Allen.

The Mountain and the Wall

by Alisa Ganieva, Carol Apollonio & Ronald Meyer Deep Vellum Publishing (June 08, 2015)

The literary debut of a promising young Russian author from an unknown country, a tale of politics and religion colliding

The Suitcase: A Novel

by Sergei Dovlatov Counterpoint (April 01, 2011)

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....