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Vladimir Gilyarovsky's classic portrait of the Russian capital is one of Russians’ most beloved books. This award-winning translation makes the book available to English language readers for the first time.

"Gilyarovsky's self-described 'chronicle' is a spectacular verbal pastiche: conversation, from gutter gibberish to the drawing room; oratory, from illiterates to aristocrats; prose, from boilerplate to Tolstoy; poetry, from earthy humor to Pushkin." – From the Translator's Introduction  

*** Winner of the prestigious 2015 Award for Best Scholarly Translation by the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages. ***
First published in 1926, this work positively teems with rich descriptions and vivid anecdotes:

from the depths of Moscow’s sewers
to the murky back rooms of its gambling dens...

from the steam-filled halls of banyas
to the dining rooms of posh restaurants and taverns...

from the lives of students and waiters
to the struggles of market traders and heroic firemen...

Gilyarovsky documents pre-Soviet life in the Russian capital like no work before or since, and this first-ever English translation includes 88 historical images, locator maps, an index, nearly 300 useful footnotes, and a Russian language appendix of all poems and songs translated in the book.

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Winner of the prestigious 2015 Award for Best Translation into English by the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages.

From the Award Announcement: "Brendan Kiernan’s translation of Gilyarovsky’s book is truly a labor of love, with painstaking attention to detail and lucid, lively, smoothly flowing style, expertly rendering Gilyarovsky’s prose that has captivated generations of Russian-language readers... The project is enhanced by the translator’s extensive annotations, a rich selection of photographic illustrations and appendices, and, very importantly, maps... Kiernan’s deft translation fills an important lacuna in the sources on Russian cultural history."

Vladimir Gilyarovsky (1853-1935) was an adventurer, raconteur, poet, actor gourmand, and an indefatigable journalist. Indeed, Russians (who call him, affectionately, "Uncle Gilya") consider him the grandfather of Russian journalism. His chronicle of Moscow captured the great city in a literary chrysalis just as it was being ravaged by the Bolshevik Thermidor.
Brendan Kiernan is a freelance translator and political analyst. A student of Russian language and literature since 1977, he earned his bachelor's from Williams College and his Ph.D (in Political Science) from Indiana University, Bloomington, as well as an area studies certificate from IU’s famed Russian and East European Institute. He is the author of The End of Soviet Politics (Westview).
SEE A MODERN MAP showing many of the places in Gilyarovsky's book.


Translation of this book was funded by The Institute for Translation. 


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