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Russian Emigre Short Stories from Bunin to Yanovsky

Bryan Karetnyk



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03 September 2019
'I remember Moscow in disarray-the smoke and fire of explosions above the cupolas, the glint of the Kremlin eagles shining out of the black night, the flashing of crosses and towers' Fleeing amid the chaos of the 1917 revolutions and subsequent Civil War, many Russian writers went on to settle in Paris, Berlin and elsewhere. In exile, they worked as taxi drivers, labourers and film extras, and wrote some of the most brilliant and imaginative works of Russian literature. This new collection includes stories by the most famous emigre writers, such as Vladimir Nabokov and Ivan Bunin, and introduces powerful lesser known voices, some of whom have never been available in English before. Exploring displacement, loss and new beginnings, these pieces also return obsessively to the Russia that has been left behind - whether as dream or nightmare.

Edited by Bryan Karetnyk

Edited by:   Bryan Karetnyk
Imprint:   Penguin
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   319g
ISBN:   9780241299739
ISBN 10:   024129973X
Pages:   400
Publication Date:   03 September 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Bryan Karetnyk is an editor and a translator of Russian literature. He read Russian and Japanese at the University of Edinburgh, subsequently working as a translator for the Civil Service. His recent work focuses primarily on Russian emigre studies, and his acclaimed translations of Gaito Gazdanov include The Spectre of Alexander Wolf, The Buddha's Return and The Flight.

Reviews for Russian Emigre Short Stories from Bunin to Yanovsky

A brilliant, poignant anthology. --Alexis Levitin, Los Angeles Review of Books Ably translated ... Bryan Karetnyk has produced that most welcome artefact in this age of the floating text: an 'enhanced' paperback whose fictive stories are fully equipped with their histories. Writers' biographies, historical chronology, a list of Russian emigre venues, and well-researched footnotes serve to anchor each narrative in its own peripatetic time and space. --Caryl Emerson, TLS Compelling ... Karetnyk's anthology transports the reader into the motley lives and imaginations of Russian emigres in Paris, Berlin and beyond. Highly recommended reading for anyone fascinated by prerevolutionary Russian culture as preserved among the ranks of the two million-odd Whites that formed the first wave of emigration from Bolshevik Russia. --Anna Gunin, The Riveter A powerful reminder of the trauma of civil war and hardships of displacement ... The stories evoke a lost world with attendant nostalgia, sorrow, fear and anger ... Rarely has the term 'unjustly neglected' rung more true. --Country Life

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