Russian Émigré Short Stories Shortlisted for 2018 Read Russia Prize

By Sara Clemens | February 20 2018 | Humanities & Social Sciences

The Penguin Classics edition of Russian Émigré Short Stories from Bunin to Yanovsky has been shortlisted for the 2018 Read Russia Prize. Submissions for the 2018 prize honored extraordinary Russian authors and Russian-to-English translators and came in from more than 30 publishers around the English-speaking world.

The winner/s will be announced and presented with the Read Russia Prize at The London Book Fair on Thursday, April 12, 2018.


“A brilliant, poignant anthology.”—Alexis Levitin, Los Angeles Review of Books

“Ably translated…Bryan Karetnyk has produced that most welcome artefact in this age of the floating text: an ‘enhanced’ paperback whose fictive stories are fully equipped with their histories. Writers’ biographies, historical chronology, a list of Russian émigré venues, and well-researched footnotes serve to anchor each narrative in its own peripatetic time and space.”—Caryl Emerson, TLS

“Compelling…Karetnyk’s anthology transports the reader into the motley lives and imaginations of Russian émigrés in Paris, Berlin and beyond. Highly recommended reading for anyone fascinated by prerevolutionary Russian culture as preserved among the ranks of the two million-odd Whites that formed the first wave of emigration from Bolshevik Russia.”—Anna Gunin, The Riveter

“A powerful reminder of the trauma of civil war and hardships of displacement…The stories evoke a lost world with attendant nostalgia, sorrow, fear and anger…Rarely has the term ‘unjustly neglected’ rung more true.”—Country Life

Russian Émigré Short Stories from Bunin to Yanovsky
In time for the Russian Revolution Centenary year, a landmark anthology that will introduce many extraordinary, unknown Russian writers to an English-language readership for the first time
$18.00 US
Jul 11, 2017
464 Pages
Penguin Classics