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Book Review: ‘Red Cavalry’ by Isaac Babel

Isaac Babel: Frontispiece

Pushkin Press has issued a new edition of 'Red Cavalry,' Isaac Babel's Russian short stories, originally published in 1926 paint a unique picture of time and place. Read More »

Book Review: ‘The Librarian’ by Mikhail Elizarov

The Librarian by Mikhail Elizarov

'The Librarian' reads like cold fire, full of Russian stoicism, honor, and intense formality, but the rhythm of the words is hypnotic. Read More »

Book Review: ‘Subtly Worded’ – Short Stories by Teffi from Pushkin Press


The Russian writer Teffi, whose real name was Nadezhda Alexandrovna Lokhvitskaya, enjoyed great popularity throughout the first half of the 20th century as she chronicled life in Russia before and after the Revolution and then as an emigre in Paris. But her work has faded into relative obscurity since. I had never heard of her until the 2014 publication of ... Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘The Diary of a Madman’ starring Geoffrey Rush

Pushed over the edge, Gogol's antihero descends into obsessions and decides he is the King of Spain. Read More »

Book Review: Brief Lives: Leo Tolstoy by Anthony Briggs

Leo Tolstoy biography provides more context and analysis of writer's life and work than its size might suggest. Read More »

Book Review: One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich is about the plight of the individual wishing to retain his individuality amid the imposing structure and regime around him. Read More »

Book Review: Collected Stories by Isaac Babel

Isaac Babel: a look at the work of a significant Russian fiction writer of the early twentieth century Read More »

Book Review: Rasskazy: New Fiction from a New Russia edited by Mikhail Iossel and Jeff Parker

Collection of post-Soviet Russian fiction reflects life in a new Russia and the influence of Russian literary heritage. Read More »