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The Unbearable Lightness of Being
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
by Milan Kundera
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A young woman is in love with a successful surgeon, a man torn between his love for her and his incorrigible womanizing. His mistress, a free-spirited artist, lives her life as a series of betrayals — while her other lover, earnest, faithful, and... (read more)

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Everything Happens as It Does
Everything Happens as It Does
by Albena Stambolova
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"In this cryptic, compressed and layered novella, an undefined cast of characters is bound in a net of coincidence. We first meet a young boy named Boris, a precocious loner with a peculiar relationship to bees. The story follows him through his haunting... (read more)

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The Trial Begins
The Trial Begins
by Abram Tertz
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Abram Tertz, one of the most important writers to emerge in the Soviet Union since World War II, came to prominence in 1959 when On Socialist Realism was published in the West. It was the first important critique of the central dogma of Soviet literature.... (read more)

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Embers
Embers
by Sandor Marai
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“A lustrous novel. . . . [with] its powerful undercurrent of suspense and its elegantly wrought armature of moral and metaphysical argument. . . . Triumphant.” --The New York Times Book... (read more)

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Live and Remember
Live and Remember
by Valentin Rasputin
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First published in Russian in 1974, Live and Remember was immediately hailed by Soviet critics as a superb if atypical example of war literature and a moving depiction of the degradation and ultimate damnation of a frontline deserter. The novel tells the... (read more)

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Vain Art of the Fugue (07 Edition)
Vain Art of the Fugue (07 Edition)
by Dumitru Tsepeneag
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Clutching a bouquet of flowers, hurrying to catch his bus, and arguing with the driver once he's on, a man rushes to a train station platform to meet a woman. This sequence of events occurs and recurs in remarkably different variations in Vain Art of the... (read more)

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Glas New Russian Writing #59: Mission to Mars
Glas New Russian Writing #59: Mission to Mars
by Igor Savelyev
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"Savelyev is a professional in a good sense: his language consists of energetic short sentences, abundance of well-chosen details, and recurrent juxtaposition of the fictional and the documentary."—Ex Libris "The novel is written masterfully, aptly... (read more)

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Thrown Into Nature
Thrown Into Nature
by Milen Ruskov
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"Ruskov's romp through 16th century Spain is framed as a treatise on the miraculous powers of tobacco to heal all human ills. The narrator of this bizarrely amusing novel is Guimarães da Silva, apprentice to the gloomy Doctor Monardes. Together, they... (read more)

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Things in the Night
Things in the Night
by Mati Unt
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Things in the Night explores a world on the edge of disaster--plagued by mysterious power-outages and threatened by ominous conspiracies--juxtaposed against images and stories of unsurpassed beauty and tenderness. Beginning with the simple but moving... (read more)

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A Russian gentleman
A Russian gentleman
by Sergei Aksakov
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At the center of this chronicle of Russian provincial life in the reign of Catherine the Great stands the patriarchal figure of the author's grandfather, Stepan Mikhailovich. A man of great natural dignity, imbued with respect for tradition and love of... (read more)

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The Cyclist Conspiracy
The Cyclist Conspiracy
by Svetislav Basara
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"In this first English translation of a 1988 Serbian classic, Major's translation captures the wit and wisdom of one of Serbia's most acclaimed authors. In the preface, Basara calls himself the 'editor' of this anthology of found texts, personal missives,... (read more)

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High Tide
High Tide
by Inga Abele
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Death & the Penguin
Death & the Penguin
by Andrey Kurkov
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Love of Worker Bees
Love of Worker Bees
by Alexandra Kollontai
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The Heathen
The Heathen
by Narcyza Zmichowska
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Narcyza Zmichowska (1819-76) was the most accomplished female writer to come out of Poland in the mid-nineteenth century. In terms of influence and popularity, she was the George Eliot of East European letters, but her fiction was written less in the... (read more)

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A Dream in Polar Fog
A Dream in Polar Fog
by Yuri Rytkheu
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A Dream in Polar Fog is at once a cross-cultural journey, an ethnographic chronicle of the people of Chukotka, and a politically and emotionally charged adventure story. It is the story of John MacLennan, a Canadian sailor who is left behind by his ship,... (read more)

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Lenin in Zurich
Lenin in Zurich
by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
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Golovlovs
Golovlovs
by Saltykov Shchedrin
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Treasury of Russian & Soviet Short Stories
Treasury of Russian & Soviet Short Stories
by Yevgeny Ivanov
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Harvest
Harvest
by Galina Nikolayeva
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