The Portable Twentieth-Century Russian Reader

The Portable Twentieth-Century Russian Reader

by Clarence Brown (Editor)

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142437575
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/29/2003
Series: Penguin Classics Series
Edition description: Revised & Updated Edition
Pages: 640
Product dimensions: 5.11(w) x 7.71(h) x 1.33(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Clarence Brown is an acclaimed translator and professor of comparative literature at Princeton University. He is the translator of the Penguin Classics edition of We by Yevgeny Zamyatin.

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
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
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)

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The Portable Twentieth Century Russian Reader 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ifjuly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Worth the price of admission for Yuri Oleshka's Envy alone. Amazing story.
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