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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.


The Symmetry Teacher

by Andrei Bitov, Polly Gannon & Mary Catherine Gannon Farrar, Straus and Giroux (July 08, 2014)

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...


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,...


Cancer Ward

by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Nicholas Bethell & David Burg Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 01, 1991)

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 & H. T. Willetts Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 16, 2005)

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....


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


Day of the Oprichnik

by Vladimir Sorokin & Jamey Gambrell Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 15, 2011)

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 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.


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...


Salki

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...


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...


The Blizzard

by Vladimir Sorokin & Jamey Gambrell Farrar, Straus and Giroux (December 01, 2015)

A dazzling, utterly distinctive saga from Russia's most celebrated and most controversial novelist

Garin, a district doctor, is desperately trying to reach the village of Dolgoye, where a mysterious epidemic...


The Big Green Tent

by Ludmila Ulitskaya & Polly Gannon Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 10, 2015)

The Big Green Tent epitomizes what we think of when we imagine the classic Russian novel.

With epic breadth and intimate detail, Ludmila Ulitskaya’s remarkable work tells the story of three school friends who...


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....