Books by Jamey Gambrell

THE BLIZZARD by Vladimir Sorokin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"A strange, distinctly Russian diversion for readers looking for something completely different."
A country doctor holding the cure to a zombie epidemic struggles through an impossibly stubborn blizzard. Read full book review >
DAY OF THE OPRICHNIK by Vladimir Sorokin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 8, 2011

"Acidly funny send-up of Russia's current state of affairs that challenges the status quo with embellished wit and outlandish violence."
In the near future, a member of a government-sponsored goon squad bears witness to the skewed and skewered state of Mother Russia. Read full book review >
WHITE WALLS by Tatyana Tolstaya
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2007

"Children, old folks and the struggling in-betweens—Tolstaya sees into all their hearts. Remarkable."
Tolstaya demonstrates an impressive range in these 23 stories, most having first appeared in On the Golden Porch (1989) and Sleepwalker in a Fog (1992), together with some newer work. Read full book review >
ICE by Vladimir Sorokin
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"A page-turner with provocative implications."
Russian postmodernist Sorokin's English-language debut combines imaginative audacity and stylistic virtuosity in a work that defies categorization. Read full book review >
THE SLYNX by Tatyana Tolstaya
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 15, 2003

"A densely woven, thought-provoking fantasy, and an impressive step forward for the gifted Tolstaya."
A strikingly imagined first novel (after stories: On the Golden Porch, 1989; Sleepwalker in a Fog, 1992) skillfully creates a frightening and perversely funny postnuclear world. Read full book review >
TELEPHONE by Kornei Chukovsky
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

Russian children and students of the Russian language are as familiar with this poem as American kids are with Dr. Seuss. This version adds a few modern twists to the basic theme and smooths some of the stodginess that results from direct translation. The plot is simple: If the phone would just quit ringing, the narrator could get some peace and quiet. But his animal friends keep pelting him with requests. The crocodile wants delicious, nutritious galoshes, the doves demand gloves, the baboons require spoons. The rhyming nonsense continues throughout the day, until the exhausted narrator goes off to rescue a hippo stuck in the muck. That's where readers leave him, without knowing if he ever gets back to the land of nod. The rhyme bops along merrily, but the pictures provide the pizzazz. Radunsky pastes up photographed snippets of telephones and galoshes—along with jungle foliage swiped from Rousseau and fabric cut-outs—to provide colorful surroundings for his bright animal figures. The not-to-be-missed endpapers replicate pages from a phone book that lists first names such as ``Smokey,'' ``Teddy,'' and ``Yogi'' under the last name ``Bear.'' Overall, a successful translation from east to west that proves the universal appeal of silliness. (Picture book. 5-8) Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

From a Russian (1905-41) who began to write for children when, in the 1930's, his avant-garde adult poetry couldn't be published (and who died a political prisoner): a deceptively simple cumulative tale about a boy whose sled runs, one by one, into a hunter, a dog, a fox, and a hare, carrying them all together until they smash into a bear. ``And since then,/I've heard it said,/Willie never/rides his sled.'' Radunsky (illustrator of Marshak's The Pup Grew Up!, 1989) profiles the action, close up in the picture plane, on a cloud of windblown snow. First seen as a thoughtful lad gazing skyward, Will encounters the stolid hunter head-on, landing beneath him; the headlong journey spins ever more out of control as it hurtles on a collision course toward the big red bear. The dynamic action will intrigue little children, but this fable will most interest those old enough to appreciate the subtext and the powerful art. (Picture book. 3+) Read full book review >