If you’re curious about contemporary Russian literature, but don’t know where to look or what authors to read, “Life Stories” is a good place to start. It’s a collection of short stories and novellas by big names in contemporary Russian literature–Lyudmila Petrushevskaya, Zahar Prilepin, Vladimir Makanin, Dina Rubina–and less-known but still worthy authors, as well […]Read more "“Life Stories: Original Works By Russian Authors”"
Greetings from the swamp! Or at least that’s what it’s felt like this past week. It’s been in the 90s with massive thunderstorms every day this week until today. Now a cool, fall-like rain is coming down. Neither state has been doing much for my health. The damp has been turning everything into even more […]Read more "Turning Dreams into Reality (Or at Least Books)"
Probably the Russian literature event of the year in the English-speaking world has been the publication of the English translation of Vasily Grossman’s “Stalingrad,” the first part of his two-part series about the battle of Stalingrad that concludes with “Life and Fate.” Me reading “Life and Fate” for my PhD comps while camping out on […]Read more "“Stalingrad” by Vasily Grossman, Translated by Robert Chandler"
It’s August, so the cicadas are whirring up a racket outside my windows. Days are hot, but the mornings are already getting a bit of that pre-autumn chill to them. And–are you ready for this–yesterday I walked ALL THE WAY AROUND THE BLOCK!!!!!!! Considering that last fall I was having to hold onto the wall […]Read more "Sultry Stories for Late Summer"
If you’re into dark fantasy and strong female protagonists, you should check out the Shadow Stalker series. It’s being released in short episodes, like a magazine serial, and “Coup,” episode 22, is out today! It’s 99c or free on KU for a limited time. Get “Coup” on Amazon here. Book description: Living under the […]Read more "“Coup,” Shadow Stalker Episode 22, Available Now!"