Multcolib My Librarian Nick: Exquisite wrinkles in the Iron Curtain
Annotation:An excellent translation of a multi-layered narrative lasagna, Bulgakov's novel moves slowly but you can't stop reading. It's like strolling through a museum, you read as you would stumble along historical galleries. It just has to be read, the book is a different experience for everyone.
Annotation:Although "Master and Margarita" has moments of great comedy, this satire transforms humanity and Communism into a mutt named Sharik. Bookend with Adam's "Shardik?"
Annotation:Bulgakov himself commissioned a play on this novel he liked it so much. If the character of Chichikov doesn't make you laugh, check your pulse. Black humor and politics mesh into a powerful novel-length manifesto.
Annotation:Of all the literature surrounding the enigmatic Rasputin, this graphic novel flares with authenticity and bite. The color, the story, the characters, they all swirl in a great palette of history and locale. Highly recommended.
Annotation:I just discovered Petrushevskaia's work last year, 20 years too late. Realism in many different disguises drive these nimble stories of Russian life. Fans of Calvino, Borges, and Poe should take a chance on this woman's wonderful work.
Annotation:A great companion to Petrushevskaia's collection, these tales were written before WWII yet still read vibrant and new. Very funny as well as elegant.
Annotation:Practically suppressed in the early 20th century by the Russian authorities, these supernatural tales release the tension and uncertainty of political instability. Stories by Bulgakov, other fine Russian writers, and the story that inspired "The Master and Margarita."
Annotation:I love Pelevin's humorous style and he mixes post-Communist Russian society with Western elements of pop-culture in this best-selling title. Like other titles on this list, Pelevin shows Russian literature is not all suppression and snow. Highly recommended.
Annotation:The story behind Nemirovsky's life blueprints this bittersweet and unfinished posthumous story of Parisian villagers during the Nazi occupation of France. A powerful jolt from a respected Russian novelist, not published for 60 years.
Annotation:Fans of classic Russian lit may have let these original and enchanting stories from an underrated writer slip by. Like reading a campfire storyteller's yarns, Leskov wrote highly original pieces of rural Russian peasant life.
Annotation:Most famous for his short story "The Gentleman from San Francisco", and well-deserved, explore Bunin's other controversial, textured, and precise tales of a chameleonic Russia in this collection.
Annotation:I didn't forget you Nabokov or Audio CD lovers out there. His first novel post-Lolita, let the voice actors read Nabokov for you. A hilarious, thrilling tale, it will make you picture Peter Lorre shrouded in fog.
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