The Portable Twentieth-Century Russian Reader

Author Various
Introduction by Clarence Brown
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On sale Jul 29, 2003 | 640 Pages | 978-0-14-243757-5
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Clarence Brown's marvelous collection introduces readers to the most resonant voices of twentieth-century Russia. It includes stories by Chekhov, Gorky, Bunin, Zamyatin, Babel, Nabokov, Solzhenitsyn, and Voinovich; excerpts from Andrei Bely's Petersburg, Mikhail Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita, Boris Pasternak's Dr. Zhivago, and Sasha Solokov's A School for Fools; the complete text of Yuri Olesha's 1927 masterpiece Envy; and poetry by Alexander Blok, Anna Akhmatova, and Osip Mandelstam.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
ALEXANDER MACLEOD was born in Inverness, Cape Breton and raised in Windsor, Ontario. His first collection of stories, Light Lifting, was a national bestseller, won an Atlantic Book Award, and was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, the Thomas Head Raddall Fiction Award, and the Commonwealth Book Prize. His most recent book of fiction, Animal Person, won the Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction, was named a Best Book of the Year by The New Yorker, CBC Books, and the Globe and Mail, and includes stories that were featured in The New Yorker, Granta, and The O. Henry Prize Stories. In 2019, he won an O. Henry Award for his story “Lagomorph.” MacLeod holds degrees from the University of Windsor, the University of Notre Dame, and McGill University. He currently lives in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, and teaches at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax.

SOUVANKHAM THAMMAVONGSA's fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, Granta, The Atlantic, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Best American Non-Required Reading, The Journey Prize Stories, and The O. Henry Prize Stories. Her debut book of fiction, How to Pronounce Knife, won the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize and the 2021 Trillium Book Award, and was named a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN America Open Book Award, the Danuta Gleed Award, and one of Time's Must-Read Books of 2020. Thammavongsa is also the author of four poetry books: Light, winner of the Trillium Book Award for Poetry; Found; Small Arguments, winner of the ReLit Award; and, most recently, Cluster. Born in the Lao refugee camp in Nong Khai, Thailand, she was raised and educated in Toronto, where she is at work on her first novel. View titles by Various
The Portable Twentieth-Century Russian ReaderIntroduction by Clarence Brown

Leo Tolstoy
Alyosha the Pot (Clarence Brown)

Anton Chekhov
The Bishop (Marion Fell)

Maxim Gorky
Recollections of Leo Tolstoy (Clarence Brown)

Ivan Bunin
Light Breathing (Clarence Brown)

Nadezhda Teffi
Time (Edythe C. Haber)

Alexander Blok
A Girl Was Singing
The Stranger (both by Jon Stallworthy and Peter France)

Andrei Bely
From Petersburg (Robert A. Maguire and John E. Malmstad)

Evgeni Zamyatin
The Cave (Avrahm Yarmolinsky)

Velimir Khlebnikov
Nikolai (Clarence Brown)

Anna Akhmatova
Three things in this world he loved
We're no good at saying good-bye
Dante
When a man dies
Courage (all by Clarence Brown)

Andrei Platonov
The Potudan River (Joseph Barnes)

Boris Pasternak
Varykino (from Dr. Zhivago)
Hamlet (from Dr. Zhivago)
March (from Dr. Zhivago)
(Max Hayward and Manya Harari)

Osip Mandelstam
Theodosia (Clarence Brown)
The Admiralty
The thread of gold cordial flowed
Leningrad
O Lord, help me to live through this night
The Last Supper
(all except "Theodosia" by Clarence Brown and W. S. Merwin)

Mikhail Bulgakov
From The Master and Margarita (Michael Glenny)

Isaac Babel
My First Goose (Andrew R. MacAndrew)
How it Was Done in Odessa (Andrew R. MacAndrew)
My First Fee (Max Hayward)

Mikhail Zoshchenko
Bees and People
From Before Sunrise (both by Clarence Brown)

Yuri Olesha
Envy (Clarence Brown)

Vladimir Nabokov
The Return of the Chorb (Dimitri Nabokov)
The Visit to the Museum (Dimitri Nabokov and Simon Karlinsky)

Nadezhda Mandlestam
A May Night (from Hope against Hope)
Last Letter (from Hope Abandoned)
(both by Max Hayward)

Daniil Kharms
Anecdotes About Pushkin's Life
The Connection (both by George Gibian)

Varlam Shalamov
Prosthetic Appliances (from Kolyma Tales)
A Child's Drawings (from Kolyma Tales)
Lend-Lease (from Kolyma Tales)
(John Glad)

Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Matryona's Home (H. T. Willets)

Yuri Kazakov
Adam and Eve (H. T. Willetts)

Georgi Vladimov
From Faithful Ruslan (Michael Glenny)

Vladimir Voinovich
A Circle of Friends (Richard Lourie)

Sasha Sokolov
From A School for Fools (Carl R. Proffer)

About

Clarence Brown's marvelous collection introduces readers to the most resonant voices of twentieth-century Russia. It includes stories by Chekhov, Gorky, Bunin, Zamyatin, Babel, Nabokov, Solzhenitsyn, and Voinovich; excerpts from Andrei Bely's Petersburg, Mikhail Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita, Boris Pasternak's Dr. Zhivago, and Sasha Solokov's A School for Fools; the complete text of Yuri Olesha's 1927 masterpiece Envy; and poetry by Alexander Blok, Anna Akhmatova, and Osip Mandelstam.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Author

ALEXANDER MACLEOD was born in Inverness, Cape Breton and raised in Windsor, Ontario. His first collection of stories, Light Lifting, was a national bestseller, won an Atlantic Book Award, and was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, the Thomas Head Raddall Fiction Award, and the Commonwealth Book Prize. His most recent book of fiction, Animal Person, won the Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction, was named a Best Book of the Year by The New Yorker, CBC Books, and the Globe and Mail, and includes stories that were featured in The New Yorker, Granta, and The O. Henry Prize Stories. In 2019, he won an O. Henry Award for his story “Lagomorph.” MacLeod holds degrees from the University of Windsor, the University of Notre Dame, and McGill University. He currently lives in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, and teaches at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax.

SOUVANKHAM THAMMAVONGSA's fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, Granta, The Atlantic, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Best American Non-Required Reading, The Journey Prize Stories, and The O. Henry Prize Stories. Her debut book of fiction, How to Pronounce Knife, won the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize and the 2021 Trillium Book Award, and was named a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN America Open Book Award, the Danuta Gleed Award, and one of Time's Must-Read Books of 2020. Thammavongsa is also the author of four poetry books: Light, winner of the Trillium Book Award for Poetry; Found; Small Arguments, winner of the ReLit Award; and, most recently, Cluster. Born in the Lao refugee camp in Nong Khai, Thailand, she was raised and educated in Toronto, where she is at work on her first novel. View titles by Various

Table of Contents

The Portable Twentieth-Century Russian ReaderIntroduction by Clarence Brown

Leo Tolstoy
Alyosha the Pot (Clarence Brown)

Anton Chekhov
The Bishop (Marion Fell)

Maxim Gorky
Recollections of Leo Tolstoy (Clarence Brown)

Ivan Bunin
Light Breathing (Clarence Brown)

Nadezhda Teffi
Time (Edythe C. Haber)

Alexander Blok
A Girl Was Singing
The Stranger (both by Jon Stallworthy and Peter France)

Andrei Bely
From Petersburg (Robert A. Maguire and John E. Malmstad)

Evgeni Zamyatin
The Cave (Avrahm Yarmolinsky)

Velimir Khlebnikov
Nikolai (Clarence Brown)

Anna Akhmatova
Three things in this world he loved
We're no good at saying good-bye
Dante
When a man dies
Courage (all by Clarence Brown)

Andrei Platonov
The Potudan River (Joseph Barnes)

Boris Pasternak
Varykino (from Dr. Zhivago)
Hamlet (from Dr. Zhivago)
March (from Dr. Zhivago)
(Max Hayward and Manya Harari)

Osip Mandelstam
Theodosia (Clarence Brown)
The Admiralty
The thread of gold cordial flowed
Leningrad
O Lord, help me to live through this night
The Last Supper
(all except "Theodosia" by Clarence Brown and W. S. Merwin)

Mikhail Bulgakov
From The Master and Margarita (Michael Glenny)

Isaac Babel
My First Goose (Andrew R. MacAndrew)
How it Was Done in Odessa (Andrew R. MacAndrew)
My First Fee (Max Hayward)

Mikhail Zoshchenko
Bees and People
From Before Sunrise (both by Clarence Brown)

Yuri Olesha
Envy (Clarence Brown)

Vladimir Nabokov
The Return of the Chorb (Dimitri Nabokov)
The Visit to the Museum (Dimitri Nabokov and Simon Karlinsky)

Nadezhda Mandlestam
A May Night (from Hope against Hope)
Last Letter (from Hope Abandoned)
(both by Max Hayward)

Daniil Kharms
Anecdotes About Pushkin's Life
The Connection (both by George Gibian)

Varlam Shalamov
Prosthetic Appliances (from Kolyma Tales)
A Child's Drawings (from Kolyma Tales)
Lend-Lease (from Kolyma Tales)
(John Glad)

Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Matryona's Home (H. T. Willets)

Yuri Kazakov
Adam and Eve (H. T. Willetts)

Georgi Vladimov
From Faithful Ruslan (Michael Glenny)

Vladimir Voinovich
A Circle of Friends (Richard Lourie)

Sasha Sokolov
From A School for Fools (Carl R. Proffer)

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