Wintersalen Sale

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Tour our stores

    Recently Viewed clear list

    Original Essays | November 10, 2014

    Peter Turchi: IMG Writing as Puzzle

    I loved books, loved stories, loved being read to at an early age and then reading for myself — that's true for most writers. But looking... Continue »
    1. $20.97 Sale Hardcover add to wish list


The Lair (New Russian Writing)


The Lair (New Russian Writing) Cover


Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

in a society governed by propaganda and false icons (and this could be the modern West as much as Soviet Russia) reality has become cosmetic and everybody, artist and functionary alike, is subject to its corroding influence.

Readers who take on this demanding novel will be rewarded by its depth and originality.


Based on pagan rituals, folklore, and mythology, this book is a chronicle of one thousand years of Russian history.

About the Author

Latynin was born in 1938 in the Volga River industrial town of Privolzhsk, 200 miles northeast of Moscow. His father was a petty Soviet official; their house had been requisitioned from a priest, who had left his library behind. The grip of the Soviet system of surveillance and conformity was a little looser in the provinces; his grandmother dared to read to the young Latynin from the Bible and the lives of the saints. She also marked his consciousness with vivid tales of pre-Christian Slavic gods and goddesses.

Later, he was able to find refuge from the stale exhortations of officially approved writing when he was welcomed into the private library of another priest, Father Arseny, whose shelves held not only forbidden religious works, but also copies of such renowned pre-revolutionary journals as Apollon and The Golden Fleece. There he discovered the poetry of Alexander Blok and Anna Akhmatova, the fiction of Andrei Bely (author of the pioneering stream-of-consciousness novel, Petersburg), and the art of Leon Bakst and Mikhail Vrubel. Their voices and visions helped him create, and preserve, an independent spirit amid the impoverished life of the Stalin years, and of the 20-year “period of stagnation” that followed the brief cultural thaw of the early 1960s.

Product Details

Latynin, Leonid
Glas New Russian Writing
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Second Edition
New Russian Writing
Publication Date:
8 x 5 in

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z

The Lair (New Russian Writing) New Hardcover
0 stars - 0 reviews
$20.00 Backorder
Product details 320 pages Glas New Russian Writing - English 9785717200769 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by ,
Based on pagan rituals, folklore, and mythology, this book is a chronicle of one thousand years of Russian history.
  • back to top


Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at