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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Spring 2019

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Russian Stories
Edited by: Christoph Keller
9780525656036 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Anthologies Apr 09, 2019
$24.00 CAD
Active 4.91 x 7.43 x 1.19 in 432 pages Everyman's Library
Two centuries of short stories by twenty-five titans of Russian literature, from Pushkin and Gogol to Tatyana Tolstaya and Svetlana Alexievich—in the beautifully jacketed Pocket Classics series.

Russian Stories rounds up marvelous short stories by all the Russian heavyweights, including Pushkin, Gogol, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Turgenev, Chekhov, Bulgakov, and Nabokov, and continuing up to contemporary writers such as Tatyana Tolstaya and the recent Nobel Prize-winner Svetlana Alexievich. There is no similar one-volume collection of the best of the Russian greats in English, and especially none that include as many women as this one does, including a story by the recently rediscovered Teffi, who was widely hailed a century ago in Russia as “the female Chekhov.” From the fate-changing storms that sweep through Alexander Pushkin’s “The Blizzard” and Leo Tolstoy’s “The Snow Storm” to the political whirlwind of perestroika that shapes Vladimir Sorokin’s 1985 story “Start of the Season” to the aftermath of the collapse of the Soviet Union as experienced by ordinary people in Alexievich’s “Landscape of Loneliness,” these riveting stories chronicle not only the particular dramas and upheavals of the Russian people, but also the tribulations and triumphs of the human spirit.

GIFT POTENTIAL: Our beautifully jacketed small hardcover will make a perfect gift for lovers of classic literature, and Russian classics in particular.

UNIQUE: There is no similar one-volume collection in English of stories by two centuries’ of Russian greats, and especially none that contains so many women.

GROWING SERIES: Starting with Christmas Stories in 2007, the Pocket Classics series of literary short-story anthologies has taken off, with more than 300,000 in print.

SUCCESS OF PLACE-THEMED ANTHOLOGIES: We have 38,000 copies in print of our New York Stories, in its fifth printing, since joined by London Stories, Paris Stories, Rome Stories, and Venice Stories.

POPULARITY OF RUSSIAN CLASSICS: Our Russian novels and stories in the regular Everyman’s Library series have sold consistently well.

PACKAGE: The handy-size Pocket Classics format—halfway between the Pocket Poets trim size and the standard EML trim—is a perfect gift or reading size. Everyman’s Library continues to pursue the highest standards, with classically designed books printed on acid-free paper, bound in full-cloth cases with two-color foil stamping, decorative endpapers, silk ribbon markers, European-style half-round spines, and a full-color illustrated jacket.

CHRISTOPH KELLER is editor of the Everyman’s Library Pocket Poet anthology Hip Hops: Poems About Beer. He is the author of prizewinning novels, plays, and essays in German, as well as the Swiss best-selling memoir The Best Dancer. He is the coauthor of a forthcoming biography of the American poet Muriel Rukeyser, to be published by Alfred A. Knopf. He divides his time between New York City and St. Gallen, Switzerland.

Author Residence: NYC and St. Gallen, Switzerland

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