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.
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)

Antonia Lloyd-Jones has translated works by many of Poland's leading contemporary novelists and reportage authors, as well as crime fiction, poetry and children's books. Her translation of Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by 2018 Nobel Prize laureate Olga Tokarczuk was shortlisted for the 2019 Man Booker International prize. For ten years she was a mentor for the Emerging Translators' Mentorship Programme, and is a former co-chair of the UK Translators Association. View titles by Various

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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.

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)

Author

Antonia Lloyd-Jones has translated works by many of Poland's leading contemporary novelists and reportage authors, as well as crime fiction, poetry and children's books. Her translation of Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by 2018 Nobel Prize laureate Olga Tokarczuk was shortlisted for the 2019 Man Booker International prize. For ten years she was a mentor for the Emerging Translators' Mentorship Programme, and is a former co-chair of the UK Translators Association. View titles by Various

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