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e minstrel, the muse of Ukraine
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The year is 1942, the setting: a city in the Tver region. Gelik, a very young
lieutenant, and a girl named Ina were taken hostage by an insane divisional
commander. By some miracle they managed to escape, but many years later,
Gelik, during a conversation with a friend, suddenly realizes that the divisional
commander’s madness was nothing but play-acting: he had foreseen that all
attempts to escape from the war would be seen as desertion – all, that is,
except raving madness and affront (tearing into battle and killing everyone
in your path).
2008. Ina, now a very elderly woman, falls victim to a telephone prankster
who begins terrorising her. Gradually his daily calls become a kind of drug
on which she depends. She discovers that he knows something about her life,
and the remarks he makes evoke distant memories: there was a time, long ago,
when she was a reporter, and she seems to recall travelling to Afghanistan,
where she fell in love. In her mind, the love she once knew has not retained a
Anna Nemzer
Prisoner
specific form and features, but it still responds to her memories with a furious
force...
Novel
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Translated by Ronan Quinn.
Anna Nemzer was born in Moscow and graduated from the Historical and Philological faculty of the Russian State University for the
Humanities. She worked as a journalist and an editor for the magazines ‘Snob,’ ‘Russian Reporter’ and ‘Around the World.’ She has also
worked for the TV channel ‘Kultura.’ Since 2008, Nemzer has been
the editor-in-chief of the magazine ‘Snob’. In 2009, Nemzer wrote
the first part of the novel ‘Prisoner. It is not true’, dedicated to the
memory of the generation affected by war. ‘Prisoner’ was published
in the journal ‘Znamia’ and shortlisted for the Belkin Prize. In 2011,
she finished the second part of the novel. The novel ‘Prisoner’ is her
debut in proses.
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Rusland rond 1500. Grote plagen kondigen het einde van de wereld aan, terwijl
grensoverschrijdende ontdekkingen Europa ongedachte perspectieven bieden.
Een kruidendokter ervaart zijn eigen machteloosheid en gaat zwerven. Hij
wordt een ander mens, meermalen zelfs: als heilige dwaas, pelgrim, monnik
en ten slotte kluizenaar voelt hij zijn helende krachten groeien. Zijn naam
verandert mee. Gaandeweg beginnen herinneringen, avonturen en visioenen,
verleden, heden en toekomst in elkaar over te lopen. Taal en tijd worden
vloeibaar. Tot de cirkel zich opent.
Taal- en geschiedwetenschapper Jevgeni Vodolazkin (Kiev, 1964) speelt in deze
‘ahistorische roman’ een literair spel vol humor en met een vleugje magie.
Uit het Russisch vertaald door Paul van der Woerd
Jevgeni Vodolazkin
Laurus (Dutch)
ISBN: 9789491425684
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Publication date: 23rd December 2015
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Jevgeni Vodolazkin (Kiev, 1964) is linguïst en mediëvist, gespecialiseerd
in de oud-Russische letterkunde en gepromoveerd op de plaats van de
wereldliteratuur in de Russische kroniekschrijving van de 11e t/m de
15e eeuw. Hij is verbonden (geweest) aan de universiteiten van SintPetersburg en München, heeft inmiddels ruim 100 monografieën,
essays en wetenschappelijke artikelen op zijn naam en werkt mee aan
diverse uitgaven en periodieken.
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Moscow in the 1930s: A Novel from the Archives is a book about Moscow as
it was in a bygone age, a city that now exists only in old maps. This novel is
also about a time that refuses to go away. There is a large cast of characters in
this book but the most important one is the author herself.
This book is an opportunity for the reader to plunge into the unique literary
era of the Moscow of those days, when its protagonists lived and worked.
The knowledgeable reader will find in it a large number of important literary
locations: the House of the Dobrovs, Peredelkino, Lavrushinsky Lane,
Borisoglebsky Lane … and also the names of some legendary figures: Olga
Bessarabova, Maria Belkina, Lydia Libedinskaya.
History is brought to life: the author introduces the reader to Leonid
Andreyev, leads us on a tour of the side-streets and alleyways of the Arbat
district and shows us the tatty notebooks of Olga Bessarabova. All this is part
Natalia Gromova
Moscow in the 1930s A Novel from the Archives
of history now, yet it is so easily accessible to us.
Translated by Christopher Culver.
Novel
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Publication date: 29th April 2016
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Natalia Gromova was born into a military family in the Russian Far
East in 1959 and moved to Moscow at an early age. At 16 she found
employment at the State Historical Library. After completing her
studies, she served as an editor on The Soviet Encyclopaedia, and
later worked at the Marina Tsvetaeva Museum. Since the late 1990s,
her exploration of the Russian archives and of private collections has
resulted in a number of acclaimed historical and biographical studies
focusing on the early 20th century and the war years.
Natalia Gromova is a writer and researcher specialising in the literary
life of the 1920s – 1950s. Her books (The Knot. Poets: Friendships
and Breakups, Wanderers of War. Memoirs of Writers’ Children and
The Tablecloth of Lydia Libedinskaya) are based on private archives,
diaries and face-to-face conversations with real people. She lives in
Moscow..
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Zinaida Tulub’s novel The Exile is one of the most brilliant works in the canon
of fiction about Taras Shevchenko, the outstanding Ukrainian poet and artist.
The idea of writing about Taras Shevchenko first occurred to her when she was
in her thirties, during a period spent living in exile in Kazakhstan (1947-1956).
Initially, Tulub worked on the screenplay for a film called Kobzar and Yakin,
which can be seen as an early prototype for the novel. She was only able to start
work on the latter after her return to Kiev in 1956, when she was granted access
to archival material and memoirs. She completed the novel in 1962. Tulub’s
primary goal in the novel was to celebrate Taras Shevchenko’s indomitable will
and his burning desire to fight for the liberation of the nation, even when he
was in exile.
Armed with a wealth of detailed biographical information about Shevchenko,
Zinaida Tulub created a thrilling portrait of the poet that is both historically
accurate and artistically convincing.
Zinaida Tulub
The Exile
Depicting the first period of Shevchenko’s exile in a detailed, comprehensive
manner, Zinaida Tulub adheres strictly to the historical timeline, tracing step
by step the path that fate had in store for the exiled poet. She doesn’t leave out a
single detail from Shevchenko’s life, adding light and shade to every important
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moment or turning point along that treacherous path.
Translation by Anatole Bilenko.
Zinaida Tulub was born in Kiev in 1890. She was the granddaughter
of an active member of the Cyril and Methodius Brotherhood. Tulub
graduated from the Advanced Courses for Women (an educational
establishment in Kiev) in 1913, but the first publications of her works
appeared even earlier than this, in 1910. In the 1920s, she gave lectures
for military units and was in charge of the literary section at the Kiev
photo committee. She wrote the story At the Crossroads (in Russian,
1916) and two historical novels in Ukrainian: Hunters of Men, which
is set in Ukraine in the early 17th century, and On the Boundless
Steppe Beyond the Urals (1964), about T. G. Shevchenko’s life in
exile. During the Soviet era, she switched to writing in Ukrainian.
Tulub also wrote poems, plays and screenplays and translated works
by various Ukrainian and French writers into Russian.
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In 1941 a Belarusian soldier and an Italian girl escape the Nazi concentration
camp. The soldier tries to get rid of the girl; she is a burden and is slowing
him down. But she is also a native and knows the territory and the Alps where
they eventually find their shelter. Somewhere along the way the two develop
feelings for each other but their love is not destined to grow beyond the edge
of the mountains. Yet, their emotional bond cannot be denied and years after
the war something happens…
From the master of psychological narrative whose firsthand experience with
World War II enabled him to re-create the ordeal on pages of his books,
Alpine Ballad is Vasil Bykau’s most heartfelt story. Bykau sends a powerful
message to his readers: human values can be extrapolated and in the context
of war people can still uphold their humanity.
An altruistic, philanthropic project of Glagoslav Publications, Alpine Ballad
Vasil Bykau
Alpine Ballad
is coming out as a gesture of peace and a reminder to all of the human cost of
wars that ransack our planet to this day.
Novel
ISBN: 9781784379445
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Publication date: 15th March 2016
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Translated from the Belarusian by Mikalai Khilo.
Vasil Bykau (1924 – 2003) is a household name in Belarus and is
the most widely read Belarusian novelist outside his native country.
Bykau’s novels featuring World War II have been captivating minds
and hearts of generations of readers in Belarus and beyond its borders.
Hailing from a small Belarusian village, Bykau experienced the war
as a young man and later, already a writer, transferred his memories
onto pages of his literary works. After the war, Bykau quickly became
actively involved in promotion of the Belarusian renaissance, albeit
clashing with the Soviet authorities. His opinionated position
on many issues earned him popularity among peers and a strong
following in Belarus and abroad where he had lived for many years.
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A publishing sensation in Russia in 2012, Everyday Saints and Other Stories
by Archimandrite Tikhon (Shevkunov) of the Russian Orthodox Church hit
the top of the bestseller lists in the country and won several national awards
including Book of the Year.
This finest piece of “monastery prose” is a collection of stories from the author’s
life. The book continues to mesmerize the international audience, and here’s
why. In it, readers find homilies, confessions and parables, words of universal
wisdom and much more. “Almost all the stories included in the book, were
part of my sermons. All this is part of our church life. A sermon is based on the
understanding of the Scripture, on the interpretation of church events by the
holy fathers and examples from life. Students of pastoral theology told these
stories. To brotherhood and friends. Many advised me strongly, and then even
demanded, that these stories were written.”
The book has been translated into English, German, French, Polish, Greek and
Archimandrite Tikhon (Shevkunov)
other languages.
Everyday Saints
and Other Stories (Dutch)
ISBN: 9781784379186
Available in Paperback, Hardcover,
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Archimandrite Tikon (Shevkunov) is a clergyman of the Russian
Orthodox Church, Moscow Patriarchate. He is the Abbot of the
Sretensky Monastery in Moscow, and the Executive Secretary of the
Patriarchal Cultural Council of the Moscow Patriarchate. He is also a
member of the Presidential Council on Culture and the Arts for the
Russian Federation.
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In his book Vladimir Lenin. How to Become a Leader, Vladlen Loginov who
is one of major authorities on Vladimir Lenin, writes about the revolutionary
leader’s early years, his parents, his choice of career and his political activity.
He goes on to show where the future statesman and creator of the world’s first
socialist country came from with his incredible will power and ability to
influence people, his drive towards success and his leadership qualities. All of
these were Lenin’s distinct character traits since a young age.
Hundreds of books have been written about this one of the most misterious
and influential people in the history of mankind. In his research, Vladlen
Loginov used new sources, previously unknown documents and memoirs,
and uses archive of Russians in exile. In this work, Loginov, with objectivity
of a great historian, explores ways which in his first thirty years of life led
Vladimir Ulyanov, a graduate of the School of Law at Kazan University,
baptised in Russian Orthodox Church in his childhood, to the establishment
Vladlen Loginov
of the world’s first socialist state.
Vladimir Lenin.
How To Become a Leader
Biography
ISBN: 9781782670612
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Vladlen Loginov is the director of the Center for Historical Research,
professor of National and World History at the Russian Academy of
Education, author of over 400 academic works on the 20th century
history of Russia.
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Paradoxes of Growth addresses vital problems of global demographic revolution
when humanity shifts to a limited reproduction. The answer to the questions
why this happens and what are the consequences of that influences not only our
distant future, but also our approach to solving today’s problems, particularly
the analysis of the causes and results of the global crisis.
In his book, Sergei Kapitsa examines the concept of the model and the main
results of mathematical modelling which led to the theory of growth of the
world population, offers an interpretation of history and development of
the humanity, the present and the future that we may expect. The discussion
of global issues is not intended to be a complete analysis, but shows the
opportunities offered by the quantitative analysis of the history of the world.
The concept developed by Kapitsa is related to human civilization as a whole
and can provide some forecasts for large bounded communities as well.
Translated from the Russian by Inna Tsys.
Sergei Kapitsa
Paradoxes of Growth
Popular science
ISBN: 9781782671213
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Sergei Kapitsa was an outstanding Soviet and Russian scientist, professor
and TV presenter, patent-holder of 14 inventions and 1 discovery,
author of hundreds of books and articles published in many languages
around the world. He conducted scientific research and worked in
numerous fields of science. Professor Kapitsa was one of the founders
of cliodynamics and the creator of the phenomenological mathematical
model of hyperbolic growth of the world population and the global
demographic transition.
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‘Much as Pavel Basinsky bases his
the [book] is still an essentially
Over a hundred years ago something outrageous happened in Yasnaya Polyana. Count
Leo Tolstoy, a famous author eighty two years of age at the time, took off, destination
unknown. Since then, circumstances surrounding the writer’s whereabouts during his
final days and his eventual death bred many myths and legends.
Popular Russian writer and journalist Pavel Basinsky picks into archives and presents
his interpretation of facts prior to Leo Tolstoy’s mysterious disappearance. Basinsky
follows Leo Tolstoy throughout his life up to the very end. Reconstructing the story
from historical documents, he creates a visionary account of events that led to the
Tolstoy family drama.
Translated from the Russian by Scott D. Moss.
Pavel Basinsky is a famous Russian writer and literary critic, member of the Union of
Russian Writers and the Academy of Russian contemporary literature and an active
member of the permanent jury of the Solzhenitsyn Prize and Yasnaya Polyana Book
Prize.
Basinsky graduated from the Saratov University and the Maxim Gorky Literature
Institute in Moscow, where he also obtained his PhD in Russian Philology. Since
1981, Pavel Basinsky’s works of criticism have been appearing in Literaturnaya Gazeta
(‘Literary Newspaper’) and such literary journals as Novy Mir (‘New World’) and others.
Currently he a culture editor of Rossiyskaya Gazeta (‘Russian Newspaper’).
Pavel Basinsky received the Big Book Prize for his book Leo Tolstoy: Flight From Paradise
and the Anti-Booker Prize for his works of literary criticism.
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narrative on documentary proof,
intimate statement’
THE VOICE OF RUSSIA
“A new and powerful book by Pavel
Basinsky describes the writer’s last
days in moving and graphic terms.”
RUSSIA BEYOND THE HEADLINES
“Pavel
Basinsky
took
a
different
approach, showing Tolstoy’s departure
through the perspective of his entire life,
which makes this book so special.”
RUSSIA NOW
Pavel Basinsky
Leo Tolstoy:
Flight From Paradise
Biography
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Publication date: 25th December 2015
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This book is a novel-in-verse about the first Russian translator of the Iliad, the
romantic poet and librarian Nikolai Gnedich (1784-1833). Since Gnedich
spent almost his entire life translating Homer’s epic poem, Maria Rybakova
has chosen verse as the most appropriate stylistic means in recreating his
life. To the English-speaking world, this genre of poetic biography is best
exemplified by Ruth Padel’s Darwin – A Life in Poems.
Like the Iliad itself, the novel consists of twelve Songs or Cantos, and covers
the life of Gnedich from his childhood to his death. It depicts the lives of
Gnedich and his best friend, the poet Batyushkov, who is slowly losing his
sanity, and incorporates motifs from their poetry, from Homer’s epics, and
from Greek mythology, as well as magnificent images of imperial Russia and
the Homeric world. The space of the novel covers snowy Russian villages,
aristocratic St. Petersburg salons, magnificent Italian landscapes, and the
Maria Rybakova
austere Greece of Homer’s heroes. Rybakova allows readers to lift the veil of
Gnedich
secrecy that surrounds imperial Russia, the foregone era that’s lost forever and
Poetry
only comes to life by the will of a writer.
ISBN: 9781784379544
304 pages
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Publication date: 1st June 2015
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Maria Rybakova was born in Moscow. She studied Greek and Latin in
Russia, then in Germany and subsequently in the USA where she is
now teaching the subject. Her first novel, Anna Grom and her Ghost
was published in 1999. Several novels and short stories followed.
Maria Rybakova is a recipient of numerous literary awards in Russia,
including Students’ Booker Prize, Eureka Prize, Serguei Dovlatov
Prize, Antologia Award, The Russian Prize, Globus Award. Her novels
have been translated into German, Spanish and French. Gnedichis
her first book to appear in English.
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The Investigator is set in Soviet Ukraine in the early 1950s. With Stalin at
the helm, the post-war Soviet Union is struggling to rebuild and to heal the
nation of its multiple wounds. Plots and conspiracies abound and challenges
to socialist values, real and imagined, proliferate.
A young woman is murdered in a typical Soviet town. In the spirit of the era
everyone is a suspect. The investigator of the title sets out to solve the crime.
A former intelligence officer who seeks to embody the ideals of the young
Soviet Union, he introduces the reader to a polyphony of alternative voices
that, together with his own, weave the unique fabric of this striking novel.
Margarita Khemlin
The Investigator
Novel
ISBN: 9781784379650
338 pages
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Publication date: 30th October 2015
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Margarita Khemlin is a Jewish-Russian author and winner of the Russian Booker Prize and the Big Book Prize. Khemlin began with a modest dishwashing job in a café decades ago while working hard to fulfill
her writing dream. She never gave up and many manuscripts later she is
a prolific and celebrated novelist in today’s Russia. Since 2012 Khemlin
is also one of the jurors of The O’Henry Award in the USA.
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‘This is a must-read book,
“This is a must-read book, it will change you,” critic Mikaël Demets has written. “It is the
result of painstaking work over a period of 15 years. It is an immensely valuable document
related to the history of Chernobyl and examining the disaster which occurred there from all
possible angles. 1968: the fire at the nuclear power plant and the real risk of an explosion
which might have wiped Europe off the map, and the fate of the so-called liquidators –
800,000 young Soviet citizens who were sent there to try to limit the consequences of the
accident at the power station, amid incredible levels of radiation which not even the electricity
systems of robots could survive. It was a tragedy for these people, who had been completely
abandoned by the authorities, and who died in the most horrific of circumstances after
being exposed to inhuman dosages of radiation. The reader then finds out what happened
next: the scale of the catastrophe was deliberately underplayed. If people had known the
true extent of the disaster, the practice of using nuclear power might have come to an end
altogether – (and there would have been no Fukushima, nor any of the other catastrophes
which the nuclear power industry cannot guarantee it will be able to avert, Tchertkoff adds).
This outcome was unthinkable, of course, for there was too much money at stake: the West
had joined the Soviet leaders in hiding the true level of danger posed by this event. They
all sought to draw a line under Chernobyl and move on. The book contains a wealth of
documents from the time: selected with care and easy to read, they give us an insight into
modern-day Belarus. The country was home to peasants who were not aware of the risks
posed by radiation inside their food, without which they would simply have died of hunger.
There are countless diseases which still exist today because no-one is doing anything to find
a cure for them, barring a handful of experts who are trying to save the people. What have
they achieved? The claims they make in their works are refuted, and their pleas for help are
rejected. The remarkable doctor Y. Bandzhevsky was arrested, sentenced and tortured. The
book is frightening, gripping, soul-destroying and deeply alarming; it brings us face to face
with the cynicism, self-centred approach and scorn of the big organisations as regards human
lives. Fortunately there is a handful of people who are stubbornly fighting back against all
this, despite the fact that it is not a fair fight.”
Wladimir Sergeevich Tchertkoff began his career as a documentary-maker rather than
a professional writer, although he felt a keen sense of envy and admiration about great
works of literature from his childhood onwards.
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it will change you...’
MIKAËL DEMETS
Hundreds of books have been written about Chernobyl, from short
works to lengthy studies. It was the
biggest radiation catastrophe in the
history of Mankind, and few will be
left unmoved after gaining a closer
insight into what happened. Amid
the vast panoply of works on Chernobyl, Wladimir Tchertkoff’s book
The Crime of Chernobyl - a Nuclear
Goulag has an important place.
Wladimir Tchertkoff
The Crime of Chernobyl
The Nuclear Goulag
Non-fiction
ISBN: 9781784379315
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Publication date: 26th March 2016
€ 27.90
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Having spent years in a coma, a female protagonist is anxious to lead a normal
life. Her miraculous recovery is riddled with falling in and out of our time
continuum - she wanders through history in her imagination as if it were
her backyard. Notwithstanding her condition, her peers are going through a
real change of their own echoing events that engulfed Russia in the past few
decades. In Multiple Personalities, life is a masquerade and its participants are
characters from classic world literature racing towards destination unknown.
The question they all are asking is whether the traditional notion of time’s
flow from the past to the future is the correct one. Who has the answer?
Tatyana Shcherbina
Multiple Personalities
Novel
ISBN: 9781784379346
168 pages
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Publication date: 15th June 2015
€ 19.30
Tatyana Shcherbina is known in Russia for her poetry and prose,
as well as numerous essays and translations from French. Her early
works had been self-published in the USSR to avoid censorship, and
it was only in the new Russia that she gained public recognition. She
recieved various literary awards and is considered one of Russia’s most
celebrated female writers.
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A Man of Change is a gift from the Foundation of the First President of the Russian Federation B.N. Yeltsin otherwise known as The Yeltsin Fund, produced
in cooperation with Glagoslav Publications and distributed with the aim to
preserve the knowledge and memory of Russia’s first President.
Boris Yeltsin will be remembered as the fierce, daring political leader who
fought for democratic ideals of his nation during an unprecedented crisis when
the Soviet empire had already fallen apart and new emerging nations had not
yet firmly established themselves in the region. Russia took over from the previously mighty union of nations, but the country had to be rebuilt and its
leadership needed to be reaffirmed.
During the years when others were abandoning the sinking ship, Boris Yeltsin
showed a remarkable strength of character and took it upon himself to salvage
the nation despite unfavorable odds. Yeltsin created a stronghold for the new
Russian governance, and this book is about a man who worked until it was his
A Man of Change
time to go, and kept his promise to his native land.
A study of the political life of Boris
Yeltsin
The President B. Yeltsin
Centre Foundation
Non-fiction
The President B. Yeltsin Centre Foundation
Founded in November 2000, “The President B. Yeltsin Centre” Foundation is a non-profit organization whose main aim is to give the youth
of Russia the opportunity to reach their creative potential. The Foundation uses its influence to support young people, cultivating their talents
in various fields, including education, science, art and sport. The Foun-
ISBN: 9781784379360
546 pages
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Publication date: 25th February 2015
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dation also carries out studies of historical and political foundations
reforms that took place in Russia, and the role of President Yeltsin in
Russian and international politics.
The Foundation is working to nurture peaceful and friendly relations
between the world’s nations, offering help in the battle against social
and religious conflicts. In order to achieve these various goals, the charity has become a committed contributor to international humanitarian
work.
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‘It was an evening of music and tenderness,
Marina Tsvetaeva: The Essential Poetry includes translations by Michael M. Naydan and
Slava I. Yastremski of lyric poetry from all of great Modernist Russian poet Marina Tsvetaeva’s published collections and from all periods of her life. It also includes a translation
of two of Tsvetaeva’s masterpieces in the genre of the long poem, “Poem of the End”
and “Poem of the Mountain.” The collection strives to present the best of Tsvetaeva’s
poetry in a small single volume and to give a representative overview of Tsvetaeva’s high
art and development of different poetic styles over the course of her creative lifetime.
Also included in the volume are a guest introduction by eminent American poet Tess
Gallagher, a translator’s introduction and extensive endnotes. Naydan and Yastremski
have previously published a well-received annotated translation of Tsvetaeva’s collection
After Russia with Ardis Publishers. The fourteen previously published translations from
the After Russia collection have been revised for this volume.
A tragic figure in Russian literature, Marina Tsvetaeva is mentioned in the same heights
of her distinguished contemporaries Anna Akhmatova, Osip Mandelstam and Boris
Pasternak. She published her first collection of intimate lyric poetry at her own expense
in 1910 under the title Evening Album, which garnered positive reactions from several
prominent poets, who by happenstance reviewed it. She published her second collection Magic Lantern in 1912 and a compilation from her first two collections From Two
Books in 1913. Both publications marked her early years in poetry. To follow was her
mature period that was shadowed by a romantic fiasco and childbirth in Tsvetaeva’s
life, and social turbulence in the old Russia that impacted her family. Despite severe
hardship, Tsvetaeva’s creative output was on the rise during the years of the Russian
Civil War from 1917-1922. Her daughter Irina died of malnutrition at age 3 in 1920,
a tragedy that sparked a series of poems that came out in the following years. Typical of
Tsvetaeva in that period was creating lyrical diaries that closely followed events in her
life in chronological order.
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Everything in the cottage garden blooming.’
MARINA TSVETAEVA
“Marina Tsvetaeva holds a very
special place in my memory
of the search for women writers who
might offer examples
of what to admire and to which we
might aspire.”
TESS GALLAGHER
Marina Tsvetaeva - The Essential Poetry
Poetry
ISBN: 9781784379582
164 pages
Available in Paperback, Hardcover, Mobi/EPUB/PDF
Publication date: 15th May 2015
€ 18.30
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Since Maidan in Kyiv and Russian presence in the Crimea, Ukraine has never
been the same. In 2014, the country is deeply divided by the conflict imposed on the Ukrainians. But since nobody actually asked the nation, author
Oleksandr Shyshko decided to take matters into his own hands and look for
the answer to the ultimate question – who are the Ukrainians and what do
they want.
Shyshko spent his time researching the national identity of native Ukrainians, and as he went he stumbled on a discovery that led to yet another question – where is Ukraine going, the so-called Quo vadis? of the Ukrainian
people. His findings and critical comments gave birth to this new book that
is now for the first time being published in English.
Oleksandr Shyshko
To Get Ukraine
Non-fiction
ISBN: 9781783840250
246 pages
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Publication date: 28th April 2015
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Oleksandr Shyshko is an oxymoron. In the past a formidable example of Homo Sovieticus, Shyshko is now an authority on the international environmental law with multiple publications on record
and a successful consultant in the field of finance, credit and foreign
capital. Throughout his life Shyshko never stopped learning, and the
effort paid off in the form of a PhD degree in Law, another degree in
Finance, and fluency in a number of European languages including
English.
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The literature on Boris Yeltsin is vast. Memoirs have been produced not only by
politicians – first-hand participants in the events, Yeltsin himself penned three
volumes of recollections – but also assistants, press secretaries, political analysts,
journalists, MPs, retired members of Gorbachev’s Politburo, public figures now
long forgotten, generals of special services and security service staff.
Boris Minaev started working on Boris Yeltsin’s biography when the politician
was still alive. In his work the author has used not only publicly accessible documents that have been printed or otherwise made accessible but also interviews
that are published for the first time.
In this unique biography of the first President of the Russian Federation author consistently describes events of Yeltsin’s life, capturing and conveying his
unique personality with all the contradictions of his character and principles
that determined public attitude towards Yeltsin. Some saw him as an outstand-
Boris Minayev
ing builder of the new Russia, others - as a destroyer of the great state. But
Boris Yeltsin
whoever he was de facto, the decade of his rule shook the world.
The Decade that Shook the World
Non-fiction
ISBN: 9781784379223
572 pages
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Publication date: 22nd February 2015
€ 26.75
Boris Minayev is a Russian writer and correspondent. Minayev has
worked for many Russian venues and is currently serving as Editor-in-Chief of the journal Medved.
Boris Minayev is known for his children’s books and novels for mature
readers. One of the most famous works of his that is being widely quoted in the media is his biography of Russia’s first president Boris Yeltsin,
first published in the series ‘Lives of Extraordinary People’.
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‘He was considered to be a prisoner of
Ten years of personal experience with the Russian prison system translates into a series of overarching shorts stories about the characters Mikhail Khodorkovsky meets behind bars – and,
through their eyes, first and foremost about the entire system of bureaucratic criminality, and a
human tragedy hidden so well.
Many a time Khodorkovsky resorts to personification of the despicable treatment of prisoners
inside the Russian justice system, but the stories embrace one common theme – that of human
passionate voices for freedom and an outcry against injustice.
Mikhail Khodorkovsky (born 26 June 1963) is a Russian businessman and former oligarch, as
well as philanthropist, public figure and author.
In 2003 Khodorkovsky and Roman Abramovich were jointly named as Person of the Year by
Expert. In 2004, Khodorkovsky was the wealthiest man in Russia (with a fortune of over $15 billion) and one of the richest people in the world, ranked 16th on Forbes list of billionaires. He had
worked his way up the Communist apparatus during the Soviet years, and began several businesses during the era of glasnost and perestroika. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, he
accumulated wealth through the development of Siberian oil fields as the head of Yukos, one of
the largest Russian companies to emerge from the privatization of state assets during the 1990s.
He was arrested on 25 October 2003, to appear before investigators as a witness, but within
hours of being taken into custody he was charged with fraud. The government under Vladimir
Putin then froze shares of Yukos shortly thereafter on tax charges. The state took further actions
against Yukos, leading to a collapse of the company’s share price and the evaporation of much of
Khodorkovsky’s wealth. He was found guilty and sentenced to nine years in prison in May 2005.
While still serving his sentence, Khodorkovsky and his business partner Platon Lebedev were
further charged and found guilty of embezzlement and money laundering in December 2010,
extending his prison sentence to 2014. After Hans-Dietrich Genscher’s impassioned lobbying
for his release, President Vladimir Putin pardoned him, releasing him from jail on 20 December
2013
There is widespread concern internationally that the trials and sentencing were politically motivated. The trial process has received criticism from abroad for its lack of due process. Khodorkovsky lodged several applications to the European Court of Human Rights, seeking redress for
alleged violations by Russia of his human rights.
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conscience by Amnesty International.’
Mikhail Khodorkovsky
Bajesvolk (Dutch edition)
Novel
ISBN: 9789491425615
80 pages
Available in Paperback, Mobi/EPUB/PDF
Publication date: 10th December 2014
€ 17.45
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Asystole is a novel about love of life in its purest, more instinctive and intimate form.
It’s also a novel about human faith in its existence and a desire to experience this love.
Author Oleg Pavlov places his character — a boy who grows to be a
man and is clearly personified by the writer’s own outlook on life — in
impossible and familiar circumstances, impossible not to relate to.
Laconic and ‘to the point’ observations of Pavlov’s protagonist as he goes, are
chilling at times. They pierce through flesh right to the bone — the quality
only the naked truth can have.
Asystole is moreover about the by-stander effect, about a disconnected and
malfunctioning society and a struggle of one not to merge into the faceless
mass of many. Modern, deeply thought through and heartfelt, this novel is an
examination of the physics of the human soul.
Oleg Pavlov
Tranlsated from the Russian by Arch Tait.
Asystole
Novel
ISBN: 9789491425264
Available in Paperback, Hardback,
Mobi/EPUB/PDF
Publication date: 28th April 2015
€ 21.75
Born in Moscow in 1970, Oleg Pavlov is a critically acclaimed, award
winning author who puts social and personal themes at the core of
his writing. Pavlov has a military background. Some of the lessons he
learned during his military service in some of the most inhospitable
places where he had witnessed heart wrenching tragedy became the
inspiration for his narrative, often immediate, sharp and absolute.
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Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna’s Diary, while being a historical document, is not
the kind that would give a reader an idea of the time or the personality of the
author by describing daily hassles. The Empress, in fact, filled many pages with
short spells, lyrics, poems and comments she encountered in the works of JR
Miller, Thomas à Kempis, La Rochefoucauld, Wordsworth, Longfellow and
others. Words like duty, humility, perseverance, self-sacrifice, and dedication
are key concepts here.
On paper these might be words, but they represent the life of a woman who
held a rather solitary position at the Russian court. Daughter of the German
Grand Duke Louis IV and the English Princess Alice, Alix, as was the German
name of Alexandra Feodorovna, was an unloved outsider. Despite the loss of
her homeland Hessen-Darmstadt, she was happy and passionately devoted
herself to her family.
In this selected fragment, Tsarina offers us a glimpse into her soul and reveals
Orthodox Christianity turns out to be not that much for the sake of her
Tsarina Alexandra’s Diary
Dutch edition
marriage but for the sake of her living soul: these notes reveal her deep devotion
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the source from which she drew her strength. Her conversion to the Russian
to her faith. The three different parts of the diary - Marriage and Family Life
(1899-1904), Wise Words (1908-1913) and The Garden of the Heart (1917)
offer a lot of wisdom and reflect the spirit of 2014.
Translated by Ineke Zijlstra.
ISBN: 9781783840250
Paperback
EPUB/PDF/Kindle
Publication date: 30th January 2015
€ 17.25
Born a granddaughter of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom, Alix of Hesse
and by Rhine, was given the name Alexandra Fedorovna upon being received into
the Russian Orthodox Church and married to Nicholas II, the last Emperor of the
Russian Empire. The Empress consort of Russia, her husband and children were
executed in1918 by Bolshevicks.
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‘Probably the most important
Sasha “Sankya” Tishin, and his friends are part of a generation stuck between eras.
They don’t remember the Soviet Union, but they also don’t believe in the promise of
opportunity for all in the corrupt, capitalistic new Russia. They belong to an extremist
group that wants to build a better Russia by tearing down the existing one. Sasha,
alternately thoughtful and naïve, violent and tender, dispassionate and romantic,
hopeful and hopeless, is torn between the dying village of his youth and the soulless
capital, where he and his friends stage rowdy protests and do battle with the police.
When they go too far, Sasha finds himself testing the elemental force of the protest
movement in Russia and in himself.
Originally published in 2006, Sankya is even more relevant today as a prism through
which to view the recent large-scale actions against Vladimir Putin. It is Prilepin’s first
novel and is widely considered his best.
Translated from the Russian by Maria Gusev and Jeff Parker with Alina Ryabovolova.
Zakhar Prilepin, one of Russia’s most acclaimed and widely translated contemporary
authors, was born in 1975. He is the author of five award-winning novels, three short
story collections, and several works of nonfiction. His works have received the top
literary prizes in Russia. He lives in Nizhny Novgorod, where he is the regional editor
of the independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta. Originally published in 2006, Sankya is
a cult sensation in Russia, where it won the Yasnaya Polyana Award and was shortlisted
for the Russian Booker and the National Bestseller Prize.
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writer in modern Russia’
NEWSWEEK
“Prilepin is the biggest event in today’s
Russian literature; his language reminds
us of Tolstoy.”
TATYANA TOLSTAYA
“The novel is so vivid that it seems to be
almost extremist.”
KOMSOMOLSKAYA PRAVDA
Zakhar Prilepin
Sankya
Novel
ISBN: 9781783840168
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Publication date: 8th April 2014
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This biography of the famous psychiatrist and hypnotist is written by one of
Messing’s closest friends. Tatiana Lungin spent a lot of time around Messing
and kept a diary of things he did, circumstances and events that played an
important role in his life.
Born a Polish Jew, Wolf Messing ran away from home at early age and soon
discovered his psychic gift. He gained an international reputation as the
world’s greatest telepath as he toured the capitals of Europe, where he met
Albert Eistein and Sigmund Freud. In 1937, after Messing publicly predicted
the downfall of the Third Reich, he was forced to flee to Russia. In the
USSR Messing gained a rare celebrity status. Even Joseph Stalin himself was
intrigued by his ability to influence thoughts at a distance.
This book not only depicts a detailed portrait of the great personality, but
Tatiana Lungin
also provides an interesting insight in parapsychology and psychic research
Wolf Messing
behind the Iron Curtain.
The True Story of Russia’s
Greatest Psychic
Translated from the Russian by Cynthia Rosenberger and John Glad.
Biography
ISBN: 9781782670964
Available in Paperback, Hardback,
Mobi/EPUB/PDF
Publication date: 9th May 2014
€ 19.30
Tatiana Lungin was a Moscow journalist and a close friend of Wolf
Messing and his wife and assistant Aida. Messing employed Tatiana
specifically to prepare his life story. And their friendship lasted for
over thirty years before his death in 1974. Tatiana Lungin conducted
meticulous records of all the circumstances of Messing’s life,
impressions regarding the man with an extraordinary destiny and a
mysterious soul.
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The novel Good Stalin is inspired by Erofeyev’s experience growing up amidst
the Soviet political hierarchy. His father, a staunch Stalinist who has dedicated
his life and soul to the party, begins as Stalin’s personal interpreter, and rises
rapidly to the top of the political ladder and into the leader’s inner circle. The
book reflects the family’s prestigious – and yet precarious – position as members
of the nomenklatura.
However, unquestioning devotion to the Communist Party does not come
to young Victor so easily as it had for his father: growing up, he begins to
write stories classified as ‘obscene literature’ by the party. Like Erofeyev
himself, Victor gets involved in the world of dissident literature, violating
Soviet censorship laws and being expelled from the Writers’ Union. His
actions result in the end of his father’s career, just at the point when he hoped
to be appointed Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Victor Erofeyev
Translated from the Russian by Scott D. Moss.
Good Stalin
Novel
“Victor Erofeyev, the exuberant new iconoclast of Russian literature”
THE INDEPENDENT
ISBN: 9781782671114
Available in Paperback, Hardback,
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Publication date: 25th June 2014
€ 22.35
Victor Erofeyev is a living classic of Russian literature, one of the most
acclaimed Russian authors abroad, and a dissident who was described
in a recent documentary about his life as ‘the Russian libertine’. In 1992
he was awarded the Nabokov Award, and in 2006 was made a member
of the French Order of Arts and Letters. Erofeyev served as editor of
the anthology, The Penguin Book of New Russian Writing. He is also a
contributor to The New Yorker magazine and hosts a popular program
on Russian television.
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‘Stone Bridge, the bitter fruit of the Putin
On June 3, 1943, two bodies are discovered at the Great Stone Bridge, in the heart of
Moscow. They are the teenage offspring of two of Stalin’s favourites: Volodya Shakhurin,
the son of the People’s Commissar for the Aviation Industry, and the stunningly beautiful
Nina Umanskaya, 15 years of age, the daughter of the former Soviet ambassador to the
USA. By all accounts, the former shot the latter before turning the gun on himself.
The Stone Bridge is a detailed historical reconstruction of the Stalinist era as seen through
one man’s seven-year investigation into the case of ‘young wolves’ - a Nazi-inspired
secret society inside an elite Kremlin school. Based on a true story, The Stone Bridge
resurrects actual historical figures and brings to light official documents from NKVD
case files. The books shines the spotlight on a past with which the country has never
properly come to terms, and which therefore - tragially - has a poisonous effect on
present-day Russia.
Translated from the Russian by Simon Patterson and Nina Chordas.
A professional journalist, Alexander Terekhov has contributed to Ogonek, a top Russian
magazine, and worked for the editorial teams of various publications. During his time
at the newspaper Top Secret, Terekhov came across an item about two youngsters who
perished in 1943 at the Stone Bridge in Moscow. He first featured the story in one of
his short works, but later on embarked on a quest for the truth that lasted several years.
The outcome of Terekhov’s research provided the premise for his novel The Stone Bridge,
eventually winning him the Big Book Award in 2009. Alexander Terekhov is known
outside Russian for his sharp, topical satire. He has published several novels and short
stories, which have been translated into English, French, German and other languages.
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era is postmodern and anti-nostalgic’
LONDON EVENING STANDARD
“Instead of the standard
Russian problems,
What is to be done? Who is to blame?,
Terekhov’s novel raises postmodern
(or post-Soviet) questions: Who am I?
What is history?”
TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT
‘‘The concept statement that this book
is, it’s filled with deep, multifaceted
thinking and the vastness of ideas. An
achievement for the reader, and the
critic.”
DMITRY BYKOV
Alexander Terekhov
The Stone Bridge
Historical thriller
ISBN: 9789081823968
500 pages
Available in Paperback, Hardcover,
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Publication date: 31st March 2014
€ 25.00
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Empire of Corruption is Vladimir Solovyov’s attempt to share his opinions
on Russia’s ways of dealing with corruption. With a certain irony, Solovyov
calls the issue ‘the Russian national pastime’, explaining why in the country
where everyone is supposedly fighting corruption, corruption still rules.
The author’s detailed research into the corruption structure in Russia, with
concrete examples and historical references, is now available to the reader in
the English language. Solovyov goes further than just talking about the basics
of this evil phenomenon; the author suggests a method, a personal path each
citizen of Russia may follow to avert corruption in their country.
Translated from the Russian by Matthew Hyde.
Vladimir Solovyov
“The author did not exaggerate or applied labels but chose the position of a wise
Empire of Corruption
observer, thus helping the reader to form his own point of view on the issue. Dis-
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tinctive features of the book are - the depth of analysis and fascinating narration.”
ROSPIL INFO
ISBN: 9781782670711
Available in Paperback, Hardback,
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Publication date: 15th November 2014
€ 18.90
Vladimir Solovyov is a famous Russian journalist, TV and radio host
and a public person. His career began after graduating from one of
Russia’s main institutes of technology and obtaining a PhD degree in
economics. At first, he taught science in high school, then spent two
years teaching economics at Alabama State University.
His bibliography counts more than two dozen titles on most urgent
topics in modern Russia.
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Russia’s rich history is full of secrets: there’s not another country in the world
with so many skeletons in its closet. Vladimir Medinskiy’s new book offers the
reader the opportunity to get better acquainted with some myths about Russia
in an a quick way.
The book covers some of the most interesting, colourful and controversial debates
in Russian history and the most popular myths about Russia: lessons from the
Bastille and the Civil War, the last testament of Peter the Great, amongst many
others. In his book the author tackles some of the most pressing questions about
Russia: whether you can trust Russians, the meaning of progress in Russian
terms, who really won at the Battle of Borodino two hundred years ago and why
Russians call Napoleon ‘the consummate liar’.
In this book, Medinskiy diligently unravels the myths surrounding this vast
and complex nation, picking them apart to uncover the truth about Russia and
her fascinating history.
Vladimir Medynskiy
Translated from the Russian by Christopher Culver.
Myths about Russia
Non-fiction
“Professor and politician Vladimir Medinsky has explored negative stereotypes
surrounding Russians, such as laziness, brutality and drunkenness. His books
sparked vicious debate.” THE TELEGRAPH
ISBN: 9781782670865
Available Paperback, Hardback
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Publication date: 15th December 2014
€ 19.99
Vladimir Medinskiy is a Russian statesman, professor, essayist and
novelist. Since May 2012 he has held the post of Minister of Culture
of the Russian Federation. Although he is the author of several popular
books on advertising, PR and history, his Myths about Russia series is
Medinskiy’s most famous, having been the bestselling Russian popular
history series of recent years.
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‘The photos in this album plunge the viewer
but the history of Russia
Children’s Fashion of the Russian Empire is a book of photographs that has
been compiled by the famous Russian fashion historian Alexander Vasiliev.
The book is all about children’s clothing and fashion in Russia in the age of
the Tsars, from the 1860s to 1917.
Presented in the form of an antique photo-album and featuring over 400
photographs from the author’s private collection, Children’s Fashion of the
Russian Empire is unique in both its content and the way it is presented.
The story of children’s dress and fashion is divided up into decades and
accompanied by texts written by the author, in which Alexander Vasiliev
describes all the key trends and developments in the evolution of children’s
fashion.
A world-famous fashion historian, collector and playwright, Alexander
Vasiliev is also a fine lecturer and has more than thirty books to his name,
including albums such as Russian Fashion. 150 Years in Pictures and Three
Centuries of European Fashion. He has staged over 100 productions at
leading theatres in 25 countries around the world. Alexander Vasiliev is an
honorary member of the Russian Academy of Arts, and has been awarded
the gold medal of the Russian Academy of Arts and the Diaghilev and
Nizhinsky medals.
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not only into the history of children’s fashion of the era,
itself.’
RUSSIA BEYOND THE HEADLINES
“Alexander Vasiliev’s book is not only
about clothes, but also about the country’s
culture and children upbringing”.
MARIE CLAIRE RUSSIA
Alexander Vasiliev
Children’s Fashion of the
Russian Empire
Book of photographs
ISBN: 9781783840304
Available in Paperback, Hardback, PDF
Publication date: 10th October 2014
€ 22.50
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Fifty Highlights of the Russian Literature contains detailed summaries and
profound analyses of the most famous works of Russian literature (novels, short
stories, plays, poems, etc.)
In contrast to most literature compendia, the book is not centered around
the authors but around their works. The two volumes together cover a period
of one and a half century – from Eugene Onegin till The Gulag Archipelago.
The first volume, focusing on the “Golden Age”, contains descriptions of
works by Pushkin, Gogol, Turgenev, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy and others, while
the second volume, focusing on the “Silver Age” and the Soviet period,
describes works of Chekhov, Pasternak, Bulgakov, Nabokov, Solzhenitsyn and
others.
The volume is very useful as a reference tool for scholars and students but is at
Maarten Tengbergen
50 Highlights of the
Russian Literature
Dutch edition
the same time written in a style which is comprehensible for everyone interested
in Russian literature, inspiring them to read the original works.
Non-fiction
ISBN: 9781782670667 (Part 1)
ISBN: 9789491425639 (Part 2)
Paperback
Mobi/EPUB/PDF
Publication date: 29th December 2014
€ 21.95
Maarten Tengbergen was born in the Netherlands and studied Slavic
Languages and Literature at the University of Groningen. After his
graduation, he taught Russian at this university and translated three
novels of Maxim Gorki and about twenty short stories from different
Russian writers.
He is a member of the Flemish PEN Centre and the founding father
of the “Club Russe des Institutions Européennes”, conceived to spread
the knowledge of Russian culture within the European institutions
and to combat prejudices dating back to the Cold War.
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This novel revolves around the life of Archana Guha, whose unique destiny
became the subject of continuous media attention for nearly twenty years in
India, Europe, USA and Japan.
One night in1974, Archana, her brother’s wife and a family friend who
happens to be staying the night at their house, were taken hostage by the
police, because Archana’s younger brother, Saumen, was a member of a terrorist
underground movement which is at war with the police and preparing for
armed insurrection. When Archana’s brother is caught, the three women are
sent to prison indefinitely, along with him, on trumped-up charges.
Her ordeal in the torture chamber of the Kolkota police leaves Archana
paralysed in both legs. Lying helplessly on her mattress, she loses hope of ever
returning home and walking again. After Archana’s brother is released from
prison, he initiates a public campaign against the torturers, which the family
is sucked into. His pursuit of revenge becomes a way of life which tries to take
Archana hostage for a second time.
Dina Yafasova
This is a psychological drama about exceptional, indomitable people, but also
Don’t Call me a Victim!
about the hell human beings create. It is a political drama about torture as a
Drama
means of combating terrorism, and about terrorism as a reaction to state terror.
It is a human drama about survival, about how to hold on to your humanity
when everything has been taken from you.
Translated from the Russian by Melanie Moore and Clare Kitson.
ISBN: 97817838402712
Available in Paperback, Hardback,
Mobi/EPUB/PDF
Publication date: 1st October 2014
€ 21.95
Born in Uzbekistan, Dina Yafasova worked as an accredited
correspondent in Central Asia for the Danish and other international
media. For results of her investigative journlistic work being published
internationally, Dina was harassed by the Uzbek security services, and
after a series of severe interrogation, repression and attacks forced to
leave their homeland. Since 2001 Dina lives in Denmark, where she
initially worked in a Danish international organization. Dina made her
debut as a writer in 2006 with a book of autobiographical prose.
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Heroes of the 90s is a book composed by journalists of the newspaper Kommersant. The book sheds light on the transformation of the USSR and the
country’s social, state, financial, economic and civic institutions into a new state
— the Russian Federation. The work covers Russia’s first decade as a new country, the turbulent 90s that formed Russia’s reality today. Heroes of the 90s revisits
the storming of the White House, the allocation of vouchers in attempts to set
up a new economy of private ownership, Boris Yeltsin and the Chechen wars,
hired assassins, Ponzi schemes and financial crises, Boris Berezovsky, Anatoly
Chubais and others.
For the first time in history, Heroes of the 90s offers to the English speaking
reader a rare opportunity to learn about the developments in the post-Soviet
Russia from the perspectives of the Russian journalists who have spent years
investigating the ups and downs of the period.
A. Soloviev, V. Dorofeev
and V. Bashkirova
Translated from the Russian by Huw Davies and William Keenan.
Heroes of the 90s
Non-fiction
“Heroes of the 90s. People and money, written by business correspondents, is something of another summing-up or an alternative textbook on the most recent history.
ISBN: 9781782670414
Available Paperback, Hardback
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Publication date: July 2014
€ 24.00
Seems more like the latter.” AFISHA.RU
Authors of Heroes of the 90s are journalists and editors of the newspaper
Kommersant, the first daily business publication in Russia. The team of Kommersant saw its purpose in delivering news as a working tool for entrepreneurs. No evaluations, no author’s own conclusions – just pure facts.
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It’s not only the beautiful name of the country this book is about - ‘White
Russia’ - that piques the reader’s interest; to this day Belarus remains a blank
spot on the map for many people. Previously difficult to find, publications
on Belarusian history are a potential treasure trove for the English language
reader, holding the story of a nation whose territory is larger than some
European countries.
Throughout its history, Belarus has been continuously included in various
state formations such as Kievan Rus’, the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, the
Kingdom of Poland, the Russian Empire and later the Soviet Union. Lubov
Bazan’s book is a detailed narration of all these meaningful milestones in the
history of Belarus. The book presents a thorough but fascinating chronological
history of the country.
The book gives the reader plenty of leeway to form their own conclusions
about the historical material she presents: the book covers different
Lubov Bazan
theoretical viewpoints on important points such as the ethnic background of
A History of Belarus
the Belarusian people and their ethnic and national identity, the origins of
Popular science
the language, and the historically complex union between the Orthodox and
Catholic churches.
Translated from the Russian by Callum Walker.
ISBN: 9789491425059
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Publication date: 30th August 2014
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Lubov Bazan is a historian, art analyst and translator, was born in Belarus
where she graduated from the Faculty of History at the Pedagogical
University and the post-graduate School of Art at the Academy of
Science. Following her graduation, she worked as a research associate
at the Vitebsk Historical Museum and professor of the History of Art
at the Institute of Technology. In 1988 Bazan became the director of
the Vitebsk Municipal Art Gallery, at the same time working as the
television writer and hostess of TV shows about art.
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Elected for the third term in March 2012, Russia’s President is by far one of
the most influential and mysterious politicians in the world.
Regardless of the keen attention Vladimir Putin has been receiving worldwide, a proper edition of his biography is hard to find. Putin is a deep and
personal account of the President’s life, created as a result of the authors’
careful investigation that took place over the period of six years. To gather
facts, Chris Hutchins traveled across Russia and met with everyone who had
known Putin prior to his rapid rise in politics, from those who knew him as
a child and teenager to people who remembered him as a young intelligence
service officer.
Nevertheless, in this book, the authors strove to create a biography of a person first and foremost, and only then of a politician. They wanted to highlight what makes Vladimir Putin laugh and shed a tear, what his friends and
C. Hutchins and A. Korobko
his wife think of him, how rich he actually is and what he really thinks about
Putin
Dutch edition
oligarchs. Two famous journalists, Chris Hutchins and Alexander Korobko,
Biography
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answer these and many other questions, and lift the veil of secrecy that surrounds Vladimir Putin.
Translated from the Russian by Anna Ravve and Annelies de Hertogh.
Chris Hutchins is a famous journalist with years of experience in established British media such as Daily Express, Today and The Sunday
Mirror. Hutchins publishes several biographies of famous people, including the ones that shed light on the mysteries of Great Britain’s
Royal family, the Onassis dynasty, Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich and The Beatles.
Alexander Korobko is a Russian journalist and television producer,
currently living and working in London. In 1994, Korobko left Russia to work as a reporter in USA, Canada, UK. Today, Korobko owns
a TV channel Russian Hour TV.
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The book sheds light on how Sberbank of Russia was transformed from the
old-school institution with outlived Soviet practices into a decent member of
the world’s financial elite and one of the richest brands on the planet.
Sberbank reform was an unprecedented event in the history of Russian
business. Never before such a large post-Soviet establishment has undergone
such a radical and total reorganization according to western patterns.
Initiator of the Sberbank reform in 2007 is the ex-minister and well-known
liberal German Gref, whose ambitious plan was to turn this huge, unwieldy
institution into an advanced financial company that would join the global
financial elite. Wins and losses of Gref ’s team became not just a personal
achievement or the bank’s chief failure. They essentially answered the key
question of Russian business: can people in Russia work on the same level as
people in the West?
For the purpose of this book, journalist Eugeny Karasyuk conducted dozens
of interviews with employees of Sberbank on different levels. The book is
Eugeny Karasyuk
written with skill, but using accessible and fascinating language. The result is
a breathtaking economic thriller with a remarkable story of how progressive
Sberbank: The Rebirth of
Russia’s Financial Giant
management techniques were implemented in that reality.
Non-fiction
Sberbank: The Rebirth of Russia’s Financial Giant will be interesting to anyone
seriously considering reforms in one’s company, and those who are curious
about doing business with Russia.
Translated from the Russian by Lewis White.
ISBN: 9781782670919
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Eugeny Karasyuk is a journalist, author of numerous articles on business and management in leading business publications (The Company’s
Secret, Smart Money). He published a series of reports on companies in
Russia, introducing Japanese management. This made inevitable the
author’s interest to a grand renewal of Sberbank which drew inspiration
from the ideas of the Japanese corporation Toyota.
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Andrei Tarkovsky died in a Paris hospital in 1986, aged just 54. An internationally
acclaimed icon of the film industry, the legacy Tarkovsky left for his fans
included Andrei Rublev, Stalker, Nostalgia and a host of other brilliant works.
In the Soviet Union, however, Tarkovsky was a persona non grata.
Longing to be accepted in his homeland, Tarkovsky distanced himself from all
forms of political and social engagement, yet endured one fiasco after another
in his relations with the Soviet regime. The Soviet authorities regarded the
law-abiding, ideologically moderate Tarkovsky as an outsider and a nuisance,
due to his impenetrable personal nature.
The documentary novel Andrei Tarkovsky: A Life on the Cross provides a
unique insight into the life of the famous film director and a man whose
life was by no means free of unedifying behaviour and errors of judgment.
Lyudmila Boyadzhieva sets out to reveal his innate talent, and explain why
Lyudmila Boyadzhieva
the cost of such talent can sometimes be life itself.
Andrei Tarkovsky:
A Life on the Cross
Translated from the Russian by Christopher Culver.
Biography
ISBN: 9781782671015
304 pages
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Publication date: 18th February 2014
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Lyudmila Boyadzhieva is an outstanding Russian documentary
writer. Her novels, novellas and short stories first began appearing in
print nearly two decades ago under various pen names. Her works
are a synthesis of various genres, striking combinations of suspense,
adventure and love stories. Boyadzhieva’s work on Andrei Tarkovsky
is one of the latest in her series of documentary novels examining
the lives of outstanding figures from Russia and elsewhere, such
as Frank Sinatra, Mikhail Bulgakov, Marina Tsvetaeva and Anna
Akhmatova.
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Women’s prose writing has exploded on the literary scene in Ukraine just prior
to and following Ukrainian independence in 1991. Over the past two decades
scores of fascinating new women authors have emerged.
In this collection of stories you will find an entire gamut of these
Ukrainian
women
spirituality
to
writers’
candid
experiences
depictions
of
that
sexuality
range
and
from
deep
interpersonal
relations. You will find tragedy and humor and on occasion humor in the tragedy.
You will find urban prose, edgy, caustic, and intellectual; as well as prose
harkening back to village life and profound tragedies from the Soviet past that
have left marks of trauma on an entire nation.
This is a collection of Ukrainian women’s stories, histories that serve to tell
her unique stories in English translation. Substantial excerpts from novels and
translations of complete shorter works of each author will give the reader deep
insight into this burgeoning phenomenon of contemporary Ukrainian women’s prose.
Herstories
An Anthology on New Ukrainian
Seventeen different translators from around the world have contributed
Women’s Prose Writers
translations to the volume.
Compiled by Michael M. Naydan
ISBN: 9781909156012
446 pages
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Michael M. Naydan is Woskob Family Professor of Ukrainian
Studies and teaches Ukrainian and Russian language and literature at
The Pennsylvania State University. He is a prominent translator from
Ukrainian and Russian with more than twenty five books translated or
edited by him.
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From the Academy award winning screenplay writer of Burnt by the Sun,
Solar Plexus is a compelling saga of family and friendship, love and betrayal,
set against the backdrop of Azerbaijan’s rapidly-changing capital, Baku, as the
country struggles with the transition into a post-Soviet world.
Spanning three generations and stretching from the 1940s to the 1990s, the
four distinct parts that make up Solar Plexus intertwine to tell the tale of a group
of friends who grew-up around the same courtyard in Baku. Each section
is told from a different perspective as the friends’ passions, deceits, rivalries
and disappointments play out against the shifting turmoil of those decades:
from the Great Patriotic War and Stalin’s Purges, to the industrial institutes and
Russification of the ’50s and ’60s, through to the struggle for independence
and violence of the early ’90s.
Mixing heart-wrenching romance, surreal humour, complex moral dilemmas
Rustam Ibragimbekov
and philosophical reflection, this saga in four parts is a rich and multi-layered
Solar Plexus
book that tackles big themes within the most engaging of narratives. By the
A Baku Saga in Four Parts
time we reach the last page, we have been touched by lives that most of us
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would previously have been unable to imagine.
Translated from the Russian by Andrew Bromfiled.
Rustam Ibragimbekov was born in Baku, Azerbaijan in 1939. He is
an internationally renowned and multi-award winning screenwriter,
dramatist and producer. He holds State awards for contributions to
the arts from both Azerbaijan and Russia. His writing credits include
more than 40 film and television scripts, plays and prose. Close to
Eden (1993) won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, a European Film Award for Best Film of the Year and was nominated for
an Oscar. In 1994 Burnt by the Sun was awarded the Grand Prix at
Cannes and an Oscar for Best Foreign Film.
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Two twin sisters, natives of Dobratyche, a small Belarusian village on the Buh
river close to the border with Poland, set out to examine the events that led to
granny Makrynya’s unexpected death. Their trek quickly turns into a murder
investigation. As the twins uncover new facts of the crime, more questions need
to be answered. But will they? A rural intrigue continues to hold the villagers
firm in its grasp until the very resolution.
Today mostly associated with the personality of President Lukashenko, Belarus
remains terra incognita for the rest of the world. Babina’s surprisingly fresh
portrait of today’s Belarus celebrates the country’s diverse demographics be it
business, education, culture or just the way people go about their daily errands.
Translated from the Belarusian by Jim Dingley.
Natalka Babina
“For an impression of provincial Belarusian life, this vivid novel reveals some of the
Down Among the Fishes
undoubted physical attractions of Belarus, as well as the cruelty and harshness of the
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lives of many who live there”. Professor Arnold McMillin
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Natalka Babina was born in Belarus, close to the border with Poland
and Ukraine, and graduated from Belarusian Institute of Technology in
Minsk. Babina worked at the editorial departments of two Belarusian
newspapers. Since 1994, she published her works in the independent
newspaper Nasha Niva. Since 2006, she became a journalist at the same
venue, also collaborating with other presses in Belarus and Ukraine.
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‘The bard, the minstrel,
Masterfully fulfilled by Peter Fedynsky, Voice of America journalist and expert on
Ukrainian studies, this first ever English translation of the complete Kobzar brings
out Ukraine’s rich cultural heritage.
As a foundational text, The Kobzar has played an important role in galvanizing
the Ukrainian identity and in the development of Ukraine’s written language and
Ukrainian literature. However, yet in more than 150 years since Shevchenko’s death
in 1861, there has never been a complete English translation of his profoundly
influential compilation of poetry. A prophet for the Ukrainian people, Shevchenko
never realized his dreams of living in a free and independent Ukraine.
The first editions had been censored by the Russian czar, but the book still made
an enduring impact on Ukrainian culture. There is no reliable count of how many
editions of the book have been published, but an official estimate made in 1976 put
the figure in Ukraine at 110 during the Soviet period alone. That figure does not
include Kobzars released before and after both in Ukraine and abroad. A multitude
of translations of Shevchenko’s verse into Slavic, Germanic and Romance languages,
as well as Chinese, Japanese, Bengali, and many others attest to his impact on world
culture as well. The poet is honored with more than 1250 monuments in Ukraine,
and at least 125 worldwide, including such capitals as Washington, Ottawa, Buenos
Aires, Warsaw, Moscow and Tashkent.
Translated from the Ukrainian by Peter Fedynsky.
Taras Shevchenko (1814-61) was a Ukrainian author and artist. The
Kobzar, which he worked on for nearly 25 years, is considered his
masterpiece. His works are celebrated worldwide in museums and
cultural centres named after him. Aside from his literary work, his
paintings earned him many awards and a professional title from the
Imperial Academy of Arts.
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the muse of Ukraine’
WHAT’S ON KIEV
Taras Shevchenko
Kobzar
Poetry
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Anatoly Kudryavitsky
DisUnity
Two novels included in this book are works of Russian magic realism. In the first
novel, Shadowplay on a Sunless Day, Anatoly Kudryavitsky narrates about life in
modern-days Moscow and in emigration, in Germany. The novel deals with problems of selfidentification, national identity and the crises of the generation of “new
Europeans”. In the second novel, A Parade of Mirrors and Reflection, the writer turns
his attention to philosophical aspects of creating artificial personalities lacking emotions and experience of everyday life. Most of the clones find themselves in Grodno,
Belarus, the city that, due to its geographical location, has always been an important
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crossroad of Eastern Europe.
Commenting on a long poem by Anatoly Kudryavitsky’s, Joseph Brodsky once
remarked that he gives voice to Russian silence.
Translated from the Russian by Carol Ermakova and Siobhán McNamara.
Eugenia Kononenko
A Russian Story
He is young, intelligent, well educated, with patriotic sentiments. But certain
misunderstandings oblige him to flee from Ukraine, because in his native land he
is a misfit, a superfluous man. For some reason, everything in his life builds up to a
certain Russian scenario. So to what extent should one burden Ukrainians with the
outcome of this Russian Story?
This new book by Eugenia Kononenko deals with love and the quest for one’s own
identity, with the vaguely remembered circumstances rendering life nonsensical in
Ukraine during the last years of the empire and the early years of independence. It
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considers the possibility of a mid-Atlantic meeting in today’s globalised world.
Translated from the Ukrainian by Patrick John Corness.
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Sergei Shargunov
A Book without Photographs
Shortlisted for the National Bestseller Prize and a contender for The Big Book Award,
A Book without Photographs follows the young journalist and activist through selected
snapshots from different periods of his remarkable life. Through memories both sharp
and vague, we see scenes from Shargunov’s Soviet childhood, his upbringing in the
family of a priest; his experience of growing up during the fall of empire and studying
journalism at Moscow State University; his trip to war-torn Chechnya and Kyrgyzstan
during the revolution; his first steps towards a fledgling political career.
The book reflects the vast social and cultural transformations that colour Russia’s recent
history and mirrors the experience of an entire generation of Russians whose lives and
feelings are inextricably intertwined with the fate of their homeland.
Translated from the Russian by Simon Patterson.
Novel
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Nadezhda Ptushkina
The Battle of the Sexes Russian Style
Ptushkina’s plays reflect her keen interest in constructing multidimensional characters
that reflect the myriad ways people are affected by today’s turbulent world. Often
writing strong female roles, she does not shy away from exploring the sometimes
tragic implications that lie behind her comical, almost farcical scenes. Ptushkina
questions the nature of love, and explores the boundaries between the spiritual and
the base, the constructive and the destructive, that lie within every human being.
Her writing questions the relationship between ideals and reality, and between truth
and deception. In this new translation, western readers have a chance to discover
why Ptushkina’s work holds such a wide appeal in the Russian theatre.
Translated from the Russian by Slava Yastremsky and Michael M.Naydan.
Plays
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Maria Konyukova
Watching the Russians
Dutch edition
Konyukova’s Watching the Russians is not just a merry ride through everyday life
in Russia. Full of self-irony, the book is a very practical guide from an insider
perspective, which aims to give the reader a fundamental understanding of the
country. Where do our judgments (both positive and negative) and our prejudices
come from? In answer to that question, Konyukova examines not only the culturally
coded differences in all aspects of life, but also explores the chaotic store of emotions
in various social settings surrounding Russians. She is thus effortlessly able to
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refute common misconceptions and evoke understanding for Russian quirks and
idiosyncracies, all with a healthy dose of humor.
Translated from the Russian by Els de Roon Hertoge and Ineke Zijlstra.
Leonid Andrejev
Grand Slam and Other Stories
Dutch edition
After his debut in 1901 Leonid Andrejev became one of the most popular writers
in pre-revolutionary Russia. In his first novels he introduced signature elements
that would become integral to his later works: terminally ill patients, fear of death,
existential desperation, forms of madness and hysteria, and typical settings – a
mental hospital, an infirmary or someone’s deathbed. Andreev’s active period as
a writer spanned twenty of Russia’s most turbulent years. Feelings of despair and
uncertainty, provoked by war and revolution, made their way into his work. Many of
Collection of stories
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his stories mix delusion and reality, creating a sense of personal tragedy that assumes
global proportions.
Translated form the Russian by Otto Boele and Amy Bakkens.
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Dmitry Glukhovsky
METRO 2033
Dutch edition
The year is 2033. The civilized world has been destroyed and the human race is
almost extinct. Cities have been reduced to rubble and rendered uninhabitable by
radiation. It is now twenty years since the catastrophe, and stewardship of the Earth
has already passed from man to new life-forms – creatures that have mutated in
response to the radiation and are better adapted to the new world than humans. The
age of man is at an end.
Translated from the Russian by Paul van der Woerd and Els de Roon Hertoge.
Science fiction
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Dmitry Glukhovsky
METRO 2034
Dutch edition
The year is 2034. The world succumbed to the consequences of a nuclear war. Large
cities are gone from the face of the Earth, smaller ones are disconnected from the
rest of the planet. Last survivors spend their days hiding in bunkers and bomb shelters, the biggest one being the Moscow Metro. Everyone who had managed to reach
Metro during the city’s bombing, saved themselves. For them, Metro became the
Noah’s Ark after the Flood.
The planet’s surface is contaminated with radioactive debris and populated by
mutants. Habitable living conditions exist only underground. Metro stations have
turned into self-governed city-states, while tunnels are being dominated by darkness
and angst. Sevastopolskaya is one station that, like ancient Sparta, is being protected
by its inhabitants who manage to stay alive at an incredible cost.
Science fiction
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Translated from the Russian by Paul van der Woerd and Els de Roon Hertoge.
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Serhiy Zhadan
Depeche Mode
A poet and novelist whose work has been variously compared to Rimbaud, Charles
Bukowski and Irvine Welsh, Serhiy Zhadan’s first novel Depeche Mode depicts
Ukrainian youth during the turbulent 1990s. Described by the author as “a book
about real male comradeship,” the novel follows the unemployed narrator and his
friends, Jewish anti-Semite Dogg Pavlov and Vasia the Communist, on their adventures around Kharkiv and beyond.
Against a background of social disintegration, slowly eroding Soviet mores and rapidly encroaching Western culture, the three comrades drink gratuitous amounts of
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vodka and embark on a quest to find their missing friend Sasha Carburetor to tell
him about the suicide of his one-legged stepfather. Despite containing some darker
themes, Depeche Mode takes an irreverent look at life; Zhadan is not afraid to mix
philosophical musings and grotesque narrative with moments of slapstick comedy.
Translated from the Ukrainian by Miroslav Shkandrij.
Larysa Denysenko
The Sarabande of Sara’s Band
The novel revolves around the male protagonist, the journalist Pavlo Dudnyk, who
takes his schoolhood friend Sara Polonsky as his second wife. When Pavlo moves in
with Sara, he doesn’t realize at first that he’s also “married” into her extended family,
Sara’s band of Polonskys, with their myriad quirks and manifestations of peculiar
behavior.
The novel presents a number of small slices of life and is filled with lively repartee.
There are many comic moments, and the novel is saturated with a great amount of
word play and humor. It gives the reader a good deal of insight into the everyday
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lives, loves and tribulations of Ukrainians living today.
Translated from the Ukrainian by Michael M. Naydan and Svitlana Bednazh.
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Elvira Baryakina
White Shanghai
Some called the place the ‘Splendour of the East’; others the ‘Whore of Asia’. A
melting pot of different nations, fused by war and commerce, this was the Shanghai
of the 1920s.
The Great Powers are greedily exploiting China for its cheap labour and reaping
the cruel rewards of the opium trade. However, as a flotilla of ships carrying the
remnants of the defeated White Army enters Shanghai, the uneasy balance of this
frenetic international marketplace comes under threat.
Elvira Baryakina’s White Shanghai reflects the greatest traditions of the Russian classics. Her years of research in libraries and archives around the world have engendered
a rare kind of literature which, by blending a multinational cast of exotic characters
against the backdrop of the turbulence and fervour of the early XXth century, sends
the reader on a breathless journey of passion, politics and crime.
Historical novel
ISBN: 9781782670346
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Translated from the Russian by Anna Muzychka and Benjumin Kuttner.
Lee Mandel
Moryak
The novel Moryak revolves around the story of Lieutenant Stephen Morrison, a naval
officer sent by President Theodore Roosevelt on a top-secret mission in 1905. Morrison’s assignment is to work with British agent Sidney Reilly to kidnap Tsar Nicholas
II and remove him from Russia before he can sabotage the upcoming Portsmouth
Peace conference. The mission goes awry and Morrison is captured and sentenced to
death. Through a quirk of fate, he is instead sent to the infamous Russian prison on
Solovetsky Island. He soon catches the attention of the Bolshevik prisoners and their
growing interactions come to have devastating effects on the evolving revolution in
Russia, as well as the Allied war effort as the world descends into the chaos of World
War I. As events unfold and secrets are unveiled in an uncanny political intrigue,
Moryak in fact tells the life story of one man’s struggle for acceptance, him finding
his place and finding himself.
Historical novel
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Leonid Yuzefovich
Harlequin’s Costume
The year is 1871. Prince von Ahrensburg, Austria’s military attaché to St. Petersburg,
has been killed in his own bed. The murder threatens diplomatic consequences for
Russia so dire that they could alter the course of history. Leading the investigation
into the high-ranking diplomat’s death is Chief Inspector Ivan Putilin, but the Tsar
has also called in the notorious Third Department - the much-feared secret police on the suspicion that the murder is politically motivated. As the clues accumulate,
the list of suspects grows longer; there are even rumors of a werewolf at large in the
capital. Suspicion falls on the diplomat’s lover and her cuckolded husband, as well as
Detective
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Russian, Polish and Italian revolutionaries, not to mention Turkish spies.
Harlequin’s Costume is the first volume in a series whose main character is based on
the real-life Ivan Putilin, the Tsar’s Chief of Police in St. Petersburg from 1866 to
1892.
Translated from the Russian by Marian Schwarz.
Dmitry Rogozin
The Hawks of Peace
The Hawks of Peace. Notes of the Russian Ambassador is a unique analytical edition
where Russian Deputy Premier Dmitry Rogozin shares his notes on personalities and events that shaped the history of post-Communist Russia, believing that
without those it would be impossible to understand the past and envisage the future
of his country. Permanent Representative of Russia to NATO until recently, in his
political diary Dmitry Rogozin contemplates on the complex relationship between
Russia and the West. In his behind-the-scenes account, Rogozin opens up about
certain mysteries of political stand-offs, military conflicts of the last two decades,
Non-fiction
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terrorist acts and hostage situations.
The book is addressed to politicians, historians, diplomats, experts and professional
military men, as well as a wider audience.
Translated from the Russian by Nadezhda Serebryakova and Camilla Stein.
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Layla Alexander-Garrett
Andrei Tarkovsky: The Collector of Dreams
The Sacrifice is Andrei Tarkovsky’s final masterpiece. The film was shot in Sweden, in
summer 1985 while Tarkovsky was in exile; it turned out to be his final testament,
urging each individual to take personal responsibility for everything that happens in
the world. Day after day, while the film was being made, Layla Alexander-Garrett
- Tarkovsky’s on-site interpreter - kept a diary which forms the basis of her book
Andrei Tarkovsky: The Collector Of Dreams.
In this book the great director is portrayed as a real, living person: tormented, happy,
inexhaustibly kind but at times harsh, unrelenting, conscience-stricken and artistically unfulfilled.
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Translated from the Russian by Maria Amadei Ashot.
Hamid Ismailov
A Poet and Bin-Laden
A Poet and Bin-Laden is a novel set in Central Asia at the turn of the 21st century
against a swirling backdrop of Islamic fundamentalism in the Ferghana Valley and
beyond.
The story begins on the eve of 9/11, with the narrator’s haunting description of
the airplane attack on the Twin Towers as seen on TV while he is on holiday in
Central Asia. Subsequent chapters shift backwards and forwards in time, but two
main themes emerge: the rise of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan under the
charismatic but reclusive leadership of Tahir Yuldash and Juma Namangani; and the
main character, poet Belgi’s movement from the outer edge of the circle, from the
mountains of Osh, into the inner sanctum of al-Qaeda, and ultimately to a meeting
with Sheikh bin Laden himself.
Translated from the Russian by Andrew Bromfield.
Reality novel
ISBN: 9781909156333
Paperback: € 18.40
Hardback: € 23.80
Mobi/EPUB/PDF: € 9.95
Publication date: September 2012
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Zakhar Prilepin
Sin
Zakhar Prilepin’s novel-in-stories Sin has become a literary phenomenon in Russia,
where it was published in 2007. It has been hailed as the epitome of the spirit of the
opening decade of the 21st century, and was called “the book of the decade” by the
prestigious Super Natsbest Award jury. Now available for the first time in English, it
not only embodies the reality of post-perestroika Russia, but also shows that even in
this reality, just like in any other, it is possible to maintain a positive attitude while
remaining human.
Sin offers a fascinating glimpse into the recent Russian past, as well as its present,
Novel
ISBN: 9781909156258
Paperback: € 17.25
Hardback: € 22.85
Mobi/EPUB/PDF: € 11.95
Publication date: April 2012
with its unemployment, poverty, violence, and local wars – social problems that
may be found in many corners of the world. Zakhar Prilepin presents these realities
through the eyes of Zakharka, taking us along on the life-affirming journey of his
unforgettable protagonist.
Translated from the Russian by Simon Patterson and Nina Chrodas.
Elena Chizhova
The Time Of Women
The Time of Women tells the story of three old women raising a small mute girl,
Suzanna, in a communal apartment in the Soviet Union of the 1960s. If the
authorities find out Suzanna will be taken from her home and sent to an institution.
When her mother falls desperately ill, the grannies are faced with the reality of losing
the little girl they love – unless a stepfather can be found before it is too late. And
for that, they need a miracle. Memories of hardship in the first cataclysmic half of
the century, as well as the loss of their own children, retain their power against the
background of everyday worries.
Novel
ISBN: 9781909156210
Paperback: € 17.25
Hardback: € 22.85
Mobi/EPUB/PDF: € 11.95
Publication date: January 2012
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Translated from the Russian by Simon Patterson and Nina Chordas.
G L A G O S L AV P U B L I C AT I O N S
Eduard Kochergin
Christened with Crosses
Novel
This prizewinning memoir is the unforgettable story of a young boy’s dangerous,
adventure-filled westbound journey along the railways of Russia. Desperately
longing for his native city and his Polish mother, he flees his orphanage in Siberia
soon after the end of World War II.
The main charachter on novel, Eduard, spends more than six years on the run,
experiencing close encounters with post-war Russia where life and fate have become
synonyms.
Translated from the Russian by Simon Patterson and Nina Chrodas.
Publication date: July 2012
Igor Sakhnovsky
The Vital Needs Of The Dead
Novel
This semi-biographical story of ‘sentimental education’ of a young man in a Russian
province chronicles his life from childhood to university years, with his first love, to
an older woman, his attempt to break out of the provincial morass and the choices
he has to make. The book was highly acclaimed in Russia and firmly established Igor
Sakhnovsky as one of the most interesting Russian writers of today. The novel gained
Sakhnovsky the prestigious Hawthornden Fellowship.
Translated from the Russian by Julia Kent.
Publication date: August 2012
Ales Adamovich
Khatyn
Novel
Based on previously sealed war archives and rare witness records of the survivors,
Khatyn is a heart wrenching story of the people who fought for their lives under the
Nazi occupation during World War II. The novel’s main character, Florian, presents
a retrospective narrative of genocide and other horrific crimes against humanity. Part
of the Belarusian cultural heritage, the book retains its relevance in today’s world,
where the scorched earth and scarred surface of our planet act as a warning to future
generations.
Translated by G. Kozlov, F. Longman and S. McKee. Edited by C. Stein.
Publication date: June 2012
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Irene Rozdobudko
The Lost Button
Novel
The taut psychological thriller The Lost Button keeps the reader transfixed. The novel
encompasses an entire era from the mid-70s of the previous century till the modern day with its geography stretching over the European region including Kiev, the
Ukraine’s periphery, Russia and Montenegro, and at last the United States.
Translated from the Ukrainian by Michael M. Naydan.
Publication date: June 2012
Maria Matios
Hardly Ever Otherwise
Novel
Everything eventually reaches its appointed place in time and space. Maria Matios’s
dramatic family saga, Hardly Ever Otherwise, narrates the story of several western
Ukrainian families during the last decades of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and
expands upon the idea that “it isn’t time that is important, but the human condition
in time.”
Translated from the Ukrainian by Yury Tkacz.
Publication date: April 2012
Uladzimir Karatkevich
King Stakh’s Wild Hunt
Novel
A jewel of Belarusian classic literature, King Stakh’s Wild Hunt is one of Karatkevich’s
most critically acclaimed works, and also inspired a 1979 film adaptation. Based on
an ancient European legend, this masterpiece of suspense taps into the imagery of
the country’s rich cultural heritage to offer both a haunting piece of gothic intrigue
as well as a profound meditation on the destiny of the Belarusian people.
Translated from the Belarusian by Mary Mintz. Edited by Camilla Stein.
Publication date: December 2012
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