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The Story of a Life

Volumes 1-3

Konstantin Paustovsky



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04 April 2022
A new remarkable new translation of one of Twentieth-Century Russia's most lauded lost classics
In 1943, the Soviet Union's most revered author, Konstantin Paustovsky, started out on his masterwork - The Story of a Life; a grand, sprawling memoir of a life lived on the fast-unfurling frontiers of Russian history. Originally published in six volumes, it would cement Paustovsky's reputation as the voice of Russia around the world, and see him nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Newly translated by Guggenheim fellow Douglas Smith, Vintage Classics are proud to reintroduce the first three volumes of Paustovsky's epic for a whole new generation. Taking its reader from Paustovsky's Ukrainian childhood and youth, struggling with a family on the verge of collapse and first flourishes of creative ambition, to his experiences as a paramedic on Russia's frontlines, and then as a journalist aspiring to cover the country's many revolutions, The Story of a Life not only offers the portrait of an artistic life like no other, but opens a window into the turmoil of one of modern history's most chaotic moments.
 The Story of a Life: Volumes 1-3

Imprint:   Vintage
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 240mm,  Width: 162mm,  Spine: 51mm
Weight:   1.334kg
ISBN:   9781784873080
ISBN 10:   178487308X
Pages:   816
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Konstantin Paustovsky was born in Moscow in 1892, but spent his childhood in Ukraine, being schooled at Kiev's First Gymnasium. After serving as a paramedic in World War I Paustovsky worked as a journalist until he began to write the novels, short story collections and critical essays that would earn him his place as the most admired and respected figure among Russia's contemporary writers. Paustovsky began work on his autobiography, The Story of a Life, in 1943, parts of which first appeared in English translation in 1964-four years before he died.

Reviews for The Story of a Life: Volumes 1-3

A work of astonishing beauty ... a masterpiece -- Isaac Bashevis Singer A literary masterpiece.... This is not the cracker-barrel blandness of some professional sage, as so often in America's ghost-written memoirs, but a wisdom of tragic insight and of hard-earned integrity * Saturday Review * An older man, a survivor, and a witness, Paustovsky writes against time, to tell the young what the past was like... His work is nothing like an elegy, nor is it as routine as a backward glance at the good or bad old days. It is, rather, a series of sketches, stories, novellas, in which vanished people (including the author's young self) are present again - as they once walked in a park, or smiled, or wept - and made anew in man's most endurable medium, language * New Yorker * For Paustovsky, books are like stars in the darkness, and literature draws us closer to the golden age of our thoughts, our feelings and our actions . He was, unquestionably, a part of that golden age, and now with this lively new translation of his memoir, he can be again -- John Self * The Times *

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