Search Results: "Nikolai Popov"


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WHY? by Nikolai Popov
by Nikolai Popov, illustrated by Nikolai Popov
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1996

"Provocative. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A wordless condemnation of violence and war—their often absurd origins and always grim aftermath. Read full book review >

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KWIK & KWAK NEVER GIVE UP by Nikolai Popov
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Friendly, froggy fun. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Odd-couple frogs Kwik and Kwak are friends. Read full book review >

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AMAZONIA by Daniel  Munduruku
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 14, 2013

"As the reteller states in his preface, 'Myths allow us to recognize our proper role in the web of life,' but this anthology will require an intermediary who can creatively make the connections between the text and its readers. (Folk tales. 9-12)"
Twelve folk tales from various Amazonian cultures are retold, but their audience is unclear. Read full book review >

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GLOTTAL STOP by Paul Celan
Released: Nov. 3, 2000

"A good beginning for anyone unfamiliar with Celan: Popov and McHugh de-emphasize literal translation in an attempt to capture the spirit of his work."
Celan is considered a key postwar poet because of his radical method of creating meaning by breaking the conventions of language. Read full book review >

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THE COLLECTED TALES by Nikolai Gogol
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 4, 1998

"Pevear's informative Preface persuasively emphasizes the personal, nonpolitical, and, to some degree, haphazard nature of the distinctive alchemy by which a deeply flawed and troubled soul managed to create some of the most colorful and haunting fiction of his century."
Pevear and Volokhonsky continue their remarkable conquest of 19th-century Russian fiction with this lively new translation of 13 of "the Russian Dickens's" wildest and finest stories. Read full book review >

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IN CONCERT PERFORMANCE by Nikolai Dezhnev
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 19, 1999

"Witty, literate, and moving: Dezhnev's allegory of the flesh and the spirit offers a sharp and up-to-date portrait of the Russian soul."
A fairy-tale romance—in the strictest sense of the term—between a malcontent Russian wife and a fallen angel provides the outline of Moscow physicist Dezhnev's American debut. Read full book review >

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WUNDERKIND by Nikolai Grozni
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2011

"Grozni's writing about music is resonant and nuanced; his writing about life under communism, much less so."
In his autobiographical first novel, this Bulgarian-American writer describes the travails of an alienated musical prodigy in Cold War Bulgaria. Read full book review >

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THE SQUABBLE by Nikolai Gogol
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2003

The great gifts for farcical detail and satiric characterization that distinguish such later masterpieces as Dead Souls and "The Government Inspector" are amply displayed in these three earlier stories, set in Gogol's native Ukraine (a.k.a. Read full book review >

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TWO LEAPS ACROSS A CHASM by Nikolai Aleksandrov
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1992

"A true original: the shaggiest tale of cloak and dagger you're ever likely to read."
A melancholy farce, obviously written with an eye on Gogol, about the untidy coverup of a Kremlin scandal—first US publication for this Russian criminologist/journalist. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2008

"Zen and the art of writing a pretty cool book."
Join a spiritual seeker on his journey to becoming a monk. Read full book review >

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THE ENCHANTED WANDERER by Nikolai  Leskov
Released: March 26, 2013

"A literate delight, and a book to look forward to reading more than once."
A welcome new translation of Leskov's grand metaphysical romp, a hallmark of 19th-century Russian literature. Read full book review >

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THE RETURN OF MUNCHAUSEN by Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"Playful and erudite, sprinkled with philosophy and politics, funny in places and melancholy in others, this novella, like most of Krzhizhanovsky's work, remained unpublished during his lifetime; how lucky that we can read it now."
Early Soviet writer Krzhizhanovsky (1887-1950; Autobiography of a Corpse, 2013, etc.) revives the eponymous teller of tall tales and sets him loose in 1920s Moscow. Read full book review >