Vera Polozkova

Though still in her mid-20s, Vera Polozkova now holds a unique position in contemporary Russian literature as a leading representative of a new young generation.

Pet Monkey of the House of Tang by Master Chen

The Book of Necromancers The hero is caught in a fog, in the midst of a dreadful and a wondrous story, groping to find his way. He is surrounded by enigmas at every turn and can’t begin to fathom the direction from which deadly arrows are flying. Lo! He hears the heavy, cruel word war, which cuts through the fog like an icy wind and begins to disperse it.

The List by Dmitry Bykov

At Vnukovo, the scriptwriter Sergei Spiridov, who was flying to the Crimea for a children’s film festival with the picture The Little Miracle, was detained at the border. Spiridov said hello to the genial blonde border official, proffered his overseas passport to her (he could have gone on his internal one, but Sviridov liked to think he was showing work abroad) and prepared to wait. The procedure usually took no more than a minute.

The White Dove of Cordoba by Dina Rubina

He decided to call his aunt before his departure, anyway. Typically, he was the first to make a conciliatory move. The important thing here was not to curry favor or pander, but to conduct himself as if there hadn’t been a real quarrel – a mere trifle, a light tiff. “So, tell me,” he asked, “what should I bring you – castañuelas?” “Go to hell!” she snapped. But her voice conveyed a certain satisfaction that he’d telephoned – that he’d called despite everything, hadn’t flown off, chirring his little wings.

Letter-Book by Mikhail Shishkin

I open yesterday’s Evening News, and it’s all about you and me. It’s going to be the word in the beginning again, they write. But meanwhile in the schools they rattle on in the same old way, saying first of all there was a big bang, and the whole of existence went flying apart. And what’s more, supposedly everything already existed before the bang – all the words that still hadn’t been said, all the galaxies we can see and the ones we can’t.

Rossica 18

The Ties of Blood
Russian Literature from the 21st Century

This edition of Rossica takes on a new form! It is an Anthology of New Russian Writing, featuring both prose and poetry translated into English and edited by leading specialists.
The issue was launched at the first Russian Literature Week, in April 2008.

Rossica 18

The Ties of Blood
Russian Literature from the 21st Century

This edition of Rossica takes on a new form! It is an Anthology of New Russian Writing, featuring both prose and poetry translated into English and edited by leading specialists.
The issue was launched at the first Russian Literature Week, in April 2008.
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