Search Results: "Mikhail Shishkin"


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THE LIGHT AND THE DARK by Mikhail Shishkin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"Shishkin expects his readers to do some serious decoding; whether it's worth the effort is an open question."
This novel by acclaimed Russian author Shishkin is an experimental work about two young lovers kept forever apart. Read full book review >

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ALL THE KREMLIN'S MEN by Mikhail Zygar
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Certainly for Kremlinologists but also for readers wishing to better understand how Putin's Russia has come to look so much like the old Soviet Union."
A veteran journalist and former editor-in-chief of Russia's only independent TV news station paints a revealing group portrait of the entourage influencing Vladimir Putin. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"An excellent complement to recent work by other Russian journalists who have turned to history, and to brilliant purpose."
A vivid, character-driven reconstruction of the period leading up to the overthrow of the Romanovs and the birth of modern Russia. Read full book review >

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FIRST LOVE by Mikhail Roshchin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"Wonderfully controlled writing that vividly evokes all the turmoil of first love, as well as the way it was at school and home in a particular time and place."
A slender tale of an ``impossible'' first love predictably doomed and moving, yet refreshingly unsentimental, by Russian playwright Roshchin. Read full book review >

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EVERY HUNTER WANTS TO KNOW by Mikhail Iossel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 1991

"Still, a notable debut."
A promising first collection of stories in English by recent Russian ÇmigrÇ Iossel that together form an impressionistic picture of growing up in an increasingly cynical and malfunctioning Soviet Union. ``Beyond the Pale'' introduces the narrator, young Jewish dissenter Yevgheny Litovtsev, or Zheka, living in Leningrad and forced to do demeaning jobs while he struggles to write. Read full book review >

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BECAUSE... by Mikhail Baryshnikov
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 22, 2007

"Radunsky's trademark offbeat artistry makes him a perfect partner in this charming pas de deux. (Picture book. 4- 7)"
A little red-headed boy is embarrassed by his grandma every day of the week. Read full book review >

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THE NAKED PIONEER GIRL by Mikhail Kononov
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2004

"Outrageously funny for the first few chapters, but wears very thin and becomes quite tedious in short order: Kononov's humor depends on familiarity with the pomposities of Soviet mythology that will be lost on most Americans."
Over-the-top first novel from Russia that butchers an entire stockyard full of sacred communist cows in its account of the military and erotic exploits of a 15-year-old girl during the Siege of Leningrad. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 1, 2014

"Wise reading for policymakers, executives, entrepreneurs—anyone who seeks to survive and thrive in the crucible that is competition."
To better understand the art of strategy, consider studying the ancient Chinese game of go, write Grishin and Emelyanov in a new translation of their Russian work. Read full book review >

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ANTON CHEKHOV by Mikhail  Chekhov
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"A work invaluable for what it says, frustrating for what it does not."
The first English translation of the desultory, digressive recollections—originally published in 1933—of the youngest brother of the celebrated playwright, novelist and short-story writer. Read full book review >

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FLORENTINE AND PIG by Eva Katzler
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"A mouthwatering menu, but not much else. (foreword to parents) (Picture book. 6-8)"
With help from her silent porcine buddy, a young cook concocts picnic treats—some of which are more yummy than feasible. Read full book review >

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THE FEATHER MERCHANTS by Steve Sanfield
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Glossary; excellent bibliography. (Folklore. 8+)"
The author of The Adventures of High John the Conqueror (1989) turns to his Jewish heritage for an entertaining collection of nonsense stories, organized into a sort of history of Chelm and an introduction to its foolish residents. Read full book review >

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THE GALOSH by Mikhail Zoschenko
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 17, 2006

"Amusing, but mainly for Russian history- and literature-lovers."
A new translation of stories by Zoschenko, a satirist who deftly took whacks at the Soviet regime before the hammer came down on such writing in the 1930s. Read full book review >