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Life Stories: Original Fiction by Russian Authors

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"Only once in a great while does such a rich collection of stories appear – so many voices, moods, temperaments, takes. Life Stories lives up to its title:  it's a life-enhancing compendium, full of variety and color, humor, sadness, and – in the best Russian tradition – wisdom."
– Jay Parini, author of The Last Station
This is a wonderful collection of original works by 19 leading Russian writers. They are life-affirming stories of love, family, hope, rebirth, mystery and imagination. 

A novelist catches up with his future... a president is under house arrest after setting off a nuclear war... an off-planet skipper leads a hunt for a mysterious life-giving creature... a single mother protects her disabled son... a man finds serenity in his vacation-emptied city... a woman looks for love in silence... a thunderstorm turns lives upside down... an oligarch makes a unexpected career change... a detective solves a murder and doesn’t like what he finds... a family copes with Russia’s medieval future... a traveler grapples with Pushkin’s killer... a disaffected son mourns his mother...

Masterfully translated by some of the best Russian-English translators working today, these tales reassert the power of Russian literature to affect readers of all cultures in profound and lasting ways. 

Best of all, 100% of the profits from the sale of this book will go to benefit Russian hospice—not-for-profit care for fellow human beings who are nearing the end of their own life stories.

The authors included in this fine collection are: Vladimir Voynovich, Andrey Gelasimov, Boris Grebenshchikov, Yevgeny Grishkovets, Victor Yerofeyev, Alexander Kabakov, Eduard Limonov, Dmitry Lipskerov, Sergey Lukyanenko, Vladimir Makanin, Marina Moskvina, Victor Pelevin, Lyudmila Petrushevskaya, Zakhar Prilepin, Dina Rubina, Dunya Smirnova, Vladimir Sorokin, Alexander Khurgin and Leonid Yuzefovich.

The translators who gave of their time and talent are: Alexei Bayer, Michele Berdy, Liv Bliss, Lise Brody, Nora Favorov, Anne O. Fisher, Deborah Hoffman, Marcia Karp, Michael Katz, Peter Morley, Susanna Nazarova, Anna Razumnaya-Seluyanova, Paul E. Richardson, Marian Schwartz, Bela Shayevich and Nina Shevchuk.

A nice review of the book by Lizok's Bookshelf.  

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To purchase a copy of the original book in Russian, try Kniga.com.


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  1. Life Stories 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 11th Jan 2010

    Thesed are exciting, entertaining stories, sensitively and skillfully translated, with all the profits going to Russian hospice care. If you only buy one selection of Russian short stories in 2010, make it this one!

  2. Life Stories 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 10th Jan 2010

    I have enjoyed reading each of these stories. They present a different perspective, based on life in the Soviet Union and in Russia. It's also interesting to have biographies of each writer. I enjoy reading them and dating the stories, so that I can better imagine the time and place. I would highly recommend these stories to anyone, who enjoys a good read, but especially to those who seek a better understanding of the Russian spirit.

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