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War and Peace
Leo Tolstoy, Anthony Briggs (Translator)
067003469X
January 19, 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
British scholar Briggs unveils his lucid new translation of Tolstoy's masterpiece-the first in almost 40 years-to a slightly anxious audience, from first-timers who, balking at the amount of time required by this massive yet startlingly intricate work, want to ensure they are reading the best translation available, to purists who worry that clunky modern prose will replace the cadences of earlier translations. But these concerns melt away after the first 100 pages of this volume. Briggs's descriptions are crisper and the dialogue is sharper, with fewer "shall's," "shan't's" and "I say!'s" than the Garnett, Maude, or Edmonds translations, leaving readers free to enjoy the rich and complex plot, vivid characters and profound insights into war and the nature of power. There are some awkward spots: Briggs claims his...


The Brothers Karamazov (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Fyodor Dostoevsky
1593083521
August 2005
Hardcover
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Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment
James L. Roberts
0764586556
Nov 2000
Paperback
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Book Description
The original CliffsNotes study guides offer a look into critical elements and ideas within classic works of literature. The latest generation of titles in this series also feature glossaries and visual elements that complement the classic, familiar format.

CliffsNotes on Crime and Punishment takes you into a masterpiece of Russian literature, a work published during the time the western world was moving away from romanticism and into a new realistic approach to writing.

Following the story of an impoverished young man who expects to enrich humanity by rising to a level above the law, this study guide provides a character list, character map, and character analyses to explore the personalities within Fyodor Dostoevsky's masterpiece. Other features that help you figure out this important work...



War and Peace
Marianne Sturman
0822013665
June 1967
Paperback
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Book Description
The original CliffsNotes study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background. The latest generation of titles in this series also feature glossaries and visual elements that complement the classic, familiar format.

In CliffsNotes on War and Peace, you discover Leo Tolstoy's masterpiece -- an epic novel of Russian society in the early 19th century. The novel combines the personal stories of members of three prominent Russian families with the historical backdrop of Russia's war with France.

Summaries and commentaries guide you through each chapter of the novel, and critical essays help you understand the structure, themes, and technical devices used in writing the novel. Other features that help you study include A...



Anna Karenina (Oprah's Book Club)
Leo Tolstoy, et al
0143035002
May 2004
Paperback
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Book Review
Some people say Anna Karenina is the single greatest novel ever written, which makes about as much sense to me as trying to determine the world's greatest color. But there is no doubt that Anna Karenina, generally considered Tolstoy's best book, is definitely one ripping great read. Anna, miserable in her loveless marriage, does the barely thinkable and succumbs to her desires for the dashing Vronsky. I don't want to give away the ending, but I will say that 19th-century Russia doesn't take well to that sort of thing.

Book Description
Anna Karenina tells of the doomed love affair between the sensuous and rebellious Anna and the dashing officer, Count Vronsky. Tragedy unfolds as Anna rejects her passionless marriage and must endure the hypocrisies of society. Set against...


Anna Karenina (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Leo Tolstoy
1593081774
September 2004
Hardcover
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Russian Stories (Russkie Rasskazy): A Dual-Language Book
Gleb Struve (Editor)
0486262448
February 1, 1990
Paperback
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Book Description
12 superb tales by Chekhov, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Pushkin, Bunin, other masters. Excellent word-for-word English translations on facing pages. Also teaching and practice aids, Russian-English vocabulary, biographical/critical introductions to each selection, study questions, more. Especially helpful are the stress accents in the Russian text, usually found only in primers.


The Portable Nineteenth-Century Russian Reader
Various
0140151036
Aug 1993
Paperback
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Anna Karenina (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Leo Tolstoy
1593080271
July 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Vladimir Nabokov called Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina “one of the greatest love stories in world literature.” Matthew Arnold claimed it was not so much a work of art as “a piece of life.” Set in imperial Russia, Anna Karenina is a rich and complex meditation on passionate love and disastrous infidelity.

Married to a powerful government minister, Anna Karenina is a beautiful woman who falls deeply in love with a wealthy army officer, the elegant Count Vronsky. Desperate to find truth and meaning in her life, she rashly defies the conventions of Russian society and leaves her husband and son to live with her lover. Condemned and ostracized by her peers and prone to fits of jealousy that alienate Vronsky, Anna finds herself unable to escape an increasingly hopeless...


The Master and Margarita (Penguin Classics)
Mikhail Bulgakov, et al
0141180145
December 2001
Paperback
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Book Review
Surely no stranger work exists in the annals of protest literature than The Master and Margarita. Written during the Soviet crackdown of the 1930s, when Mikhail Bulgakov's works were effectively banned, it wraps its anti-Stalinist message in a complex allegory of good and evil. Or would that be the other way around? The book's chief character is Satan, who appears in the guise of a foreigner and self-proclaimed black magician named Woland. Accompanied by a talking black tomcat and a "translator" wearing a jockey's cap and cracked pince-nez, Woland wreaks havoc throughout literary Moscow. First he predicts that the head of noted editor Berlioz will be cut off; when it is, he appropriates Berlioz's apartment. (A puzzled relative receives the following telegram: "Have just been run over by streetcar at Patriarch's Ponds...


The Brothers Karamazov (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Fyodor Dostoevsky
159308045X
August 2004
Paperback
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Lectures on Russian Literature
Vladimir Nabokov
0156027763
Dec 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
The author’s observations on the great nineteenth-century Russian writers-Chekhov, Dostoevsky, Gogol, Gorky, Tolstoy, and Turgenev. “This volume... never once fails to instruct and stimulate. This is a great Russian talking of great Russians” (Anthony Burgess). Edited and with an Introduction by Fredson Bowers; illustrations.

About the Author
Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977), Russian-born poet, novelist, literary critic, translator, and essayist was awarded the National Medal for Literature for his life's work in 1973. He taught literature at Wellesley, Stanford, Cornell, and Harvard. He is the author of many works including Lolita, Pale Fire, Ada, and Speak, Memory.


The Idiot (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Fyodor Dostoevsky
1593083475
January 2005
Hardcover
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Russian For Dummies (For Dummies (Language & Literature))
Andrew Ph.D. Kaufman, et al
0471780014
April 24, 2006
Paperback
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Book Description
Russian is spoken by nearly 450 million people, and demand for Russian-speakers is growing. This introductory course includes an audio CD with practice dialogues-just the ticket for readers who need basic Russian for business, school, or travel.

Serafima Gettys, PhD (Newark, CA), is Coordinator of the Foreign Language Program at Lewis University.
Andrew Kaufman, PhD (Charlottesville, VA), is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia.

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.

Download Description
Russian is spoken by nearly 450 million people, and demand for Russian-speakers is growing. Serafima Gettys, PhD (Newark, CA), is Coordinator of the Foreign Language...



Russian Literature
Catriona Kelly
0192801449
Dec 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
Rather than presenting a conventional chronology of Russian literature, Russian Literature: A Very Short Introduction explores the place and importance in Russian culture of all types of literature. How and when did a Russian national literature come into being? What shaped its creation? How
have the Russians regarded their literary language? The book uses the figure of Pushkin--'the Russian Shakespeare'--as a recurring example, as his work influenced every Russian writer who came after him, whether they wrote prose or verse. It furthermore examines why Russian writers are venerated,
how they've been interpreted inside Russia and beyond, and the influences of the folk tale tradition, orthodox religion, and the West.


The Brothers Karamazov
Fyodor Dostoevsky, Konstanfin Mochulski
0553212168
April 1, 1984
Paperback
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Review
“[Dostoevsky is] at once the most literary and compulsively readable of novelists we continue to regard as great . . . The Brothers Karamazov stands as the culmination of his art–his last, longest, richest, and most capacious book. [This] scrupulous rendition can only be welcomed. It returns us to a work we thought we knew, subtly altered and so made new again.” –Washington Post Book World

“A miracle . . . Every page of the new Karamazov is a permanent standard, and an inspiration.” –The Times (London)

“One finally gets the musical whole of Dostoevsky’s original.” –New York Times Book Review

“Absolutely faithful . . . Fulfills in remarkable measure most of the criteria for an ideal translation . . . The...


Voices of Russian Literature
Sally Laird
0198151810
June 1999
Hardcover
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Book Description
Voices of Russian Literature presents in-depth interviews with ten of the most interesting figures writing in Russian today. These figures range from established authors such as Andrei Bitov and Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, who began their careers in the post-Stalinist thaw of the 1950s, to
newcomers like Viktor Pelevin, hailed as one of the most original writers of the present era. This collection offers an insider's account of the fate of Russian literature over the past four decades.

Language Notes
Text: Russian


The Idiot (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Fyodor Dostoevsky
1593080581
February 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
Just two years after completing Crime and Punishment, which explored the mind of a murderer, Dostoevsky produced another masterpiece, The Idiot. This time the author portrays a truly beautiful soul—a character he found difficult to bring to life because, as he wrote, “beauty is the ideal, and neither my country, nor civilized Europe, know what that ideal of beauty is.” The result was one of Dostoevsky’s greatest characters—Prince Myshkin, a saintly, Christ-like, yet deeply human figure.

The story begins when Myshkin arrives on Russian soil after a stay in a Swiss sanatorium. Scorned by St. Petersburg society as an idiot for his generosity and innocence, the prince finds himself at the center of a struggle between a rich, kept woman and a beautiful, virtuous...


Crime and Punishment (Everyman's Library (Cloth))
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, et al
0679420290
May 25, 1993
Hardcover
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Amazon.com
Mired in poverty, the student Raskolnikov nevertheless thinks well of himself. Of his pawnbroker he takes a different view, and in deciding to do away with her he sets in motion his own tragic downfall. Dostoyevsky's penetrating novel of an intellectual whose moral compass goes haywire, and the detective who hunts him down for his terrible crime, is a stunning psychological portrait, a thriller and a profound meditation on guilt and retribution.

From Publishers Weekly
An acclaimed new translation of the classic Russian novel. Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A History of Russian Women's Writing 1820-1992
Catriona Kelly
0198159641
June 1998
Paperback
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Book Description
Russian women's writing is now attracting enormous interest both in the West and in Russia itself. This is the first one-volume history of the subject to appear in any language in modern times. Written from a bold feminist perspective, the book combines a broad historical survey with close
textual analysis. Sections on women's writing in the periods 1820-1880, 1881-1917, 1917-1954, and 1953-1992 are followed by essays on individual writers. Drawing on a wide range of sources, including rare literary journals and almanacs, Catriona Kelly's account shows familiar figures such as
Akhmatova, Tsevtaeva, and Tolstaya in a radical new context and brings to light a colorful gallery of fascinating but neglected writers including Elena Gan, Nadezhda Teffi, Natalya Baranskaya, and Nina Sadur. The text is supported by...


Notes From Underground, The Double, and Other Stories (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Fyodor Dostoevsky
1593080379
September 2003
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Description
Often considered a prologue to Dostoevsky’s brilliant novels, the story “Notes from Underground” introduces one of the great anti-heroes in literature: the underground man, who lives on the fringes of society. In an impassioned, manic monologue this character—plagued by shame, guilt, and alienation—argues that reason is merely a flimsy construction built upon humanity’s essentially irrational core. Internal conflict is also explored in “The Double,” a surreal tale of a government clerk who meets a more unpleasant version of himself and is changed as a result. In addition to these two existential classics, this collection also includes the psychologically probing stories “The Meek One,” “The Dream of a Ridiculous Man,” and “White...


Slavic Excursions
Donald Davie
0226137597
June 1990
Paperback
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Heart of a Dog
Mikhail Afanasevich Bulgakov
0802150594
August 1987
Paperback
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Book Review
This early novella from Mikhail Bulgakov, published in 1925, already shows the surreal comic genius that later produced The Master and Margarita, the writer's masterpiece. A kind of Frankenstein parable, Heart of a Dog is the story of a stray dog that gains a human intelligence after a prominent Moscow professor transplants human glands into the unfortunate canine's body. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Nigel Jones, The Independent
"A blanket of silence succeeded in muffling, but never entirely stifled, his voice. An underground reputation persisted. Young people gathered each week on the stairway of his last home in Moscow's Arbat quarter to read from, act out and debate his work. In the West, in the theatre and...


Grimm's Fairy Tales (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Brothers Grimm
1593080565
November 2003
Paperback
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Crime and Punishment
Fyodor Dostoevsky
0553211757
October 1996
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Review
The talented Alex Jennings creates an atmosphere of gripping psychological tension and brings a variety of characters to life in this new audio edition of a crime classic. When the student Raskolnikov puts his philosophical theory to the ultimate test of murder, a tragic tale of suffering and redemption unfolds in the dismal setting of the slums of czarist, prerevolutionary St. Petersburg. While Jennings's adept repertoire of British accents works to demonstrate the varying classes of characters, it occasionally distracts the listener from the Russian setting. However, Dostoyevsky's rendering of 18th-century Russia emerges unscathed, bringing the dark pathos (such as wretched poverty and rampant suffering) to life. (Running time: 315 minutes; 4 cassettes) --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition....


Return from the Archipelago
Leona Toker
0253337879
Feb 2001
Hardcover
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Book Description
"This is a ground-breaking book on a subject of capital importance, and I think [it] could start a debate about modern literature with rich potential for further development." -Michael Scammell This first systematic literary investigation of memoiristic and fictional narratives dealing with the experience of the prisoners of Soviet concentration camps surveys the "Gulag" corpus from the 1920s to the 1990s and discusses its landmark texts as sources of historical testimony and as works of art.

About the Author
Leona Toker is Professor of English at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Her previous works include Nabokov: The Mystery of Literary Structures and Eloquent Reticence: Withholding Information in Fictional Narrative.


The Brothers Karamazov
Fyodor Dostoevsky, et al
0374528373
June 14, 2002
Paperback
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Review
"[Dostoevsky is] at once the most literary and compulsively readable of novelists we continue to regard as great . . . The Brothers Karamazov stands as the culmination of his art--his last, longest, richest and most capacious book. [This] scrupulous rendition can only be welcomed. It returns to us a work we thought we knew, subtly altered and so made new again."--Donald Fanger, Washington Post Book World

"It may well be that Dostoevsky's [world], with all its resourceful energies of life and language, is only now--and through the medium of this translation--beginning to come home to the English-speaking reader." --John Bayley, The New York Review of Books

"Heartily recommended to any reader who wishes to come as close to Dostoevsky's Russian as it is possible."--Joseph Frank, Princeton...


The Idiot (Oxford World's Classics)
Fyodor Dostoevsky, et al
0192834118
July 9, 1998
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, justly acclaimed for their translations of such Russian classics as Gogol's Dead Souls and Dostoyevski's The Brothers Karamazov, Crime and Punishment and Notes from Underground, have now undertaken another major Dostoyevski novel, The Idiot. Their trademark style fresh, crisp and faithful to the original (bumps and blemishes included) brings the story of nave, truth-telling Prince Myshkin to new life. As is true of their other translations of Dostoyevski, this will likely be the definitive edition for years to come. Intro. by Pevear.Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From AudioFile
Writing with sweeping grandeur of the pre-Soviet era, Dostoyevsky describes an...


Women Writers in Russian Literature
Toby W. Clyman
0275949419
Apr 1994
Paperback
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Choice
"Faced with a tremendous undertaking both with respect to gender studies in Russia...and evaluating Russian literature as a whole, Clyman and Greene achieve an unprecedented success in conception and execution of their task....Each essay represents a new synthesis without involving the too-frequent bias of a contemporary cultural or feminist ideology. Feminists have the raw material to aid them in their understanding of Russian women writers, but the general reader with a different background will profit equally. For all readers intersted in the fabric of women's literature and women in a literary society, this book represents the highest achievement to date in Russian studies. All levels." --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Book Description
Women Writers in...


The Death of Ivan Ilych and Other Stories (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Leo Tolstoy
1593080697
January 2004
Paperback
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