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Jan 14, 2014 | ISBN 9780307388872

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“Outstanding. . . . A worthy monument to add to your bookshelf of prized Russian literature.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“Vibrantly translated. . . . Thanks to this delicious new collection, the time is once again ripe for Leskov’s resurgence.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Surreal, gripping, violent but comic tales.” —Margaret Atwood
“Stories as strong as fables and crazy as life.” —Alice Munro

“We can recognize this Leskov, in English, as a king among Russian storytellers. . . . It is a testament both to his own resilience and to the unmatched talent of his translators that he has arrived in such brilliant color.” —The Quarterly Conversation

“[A] forgotten genius. . . . Leskov’s genius lies in the modesty of his narrators, their helplessness before the art of narrative.” —The Daily Beast

“Leskov remains pungently and overpoweringly Russian. . . . Leskov was in many regards—if not in his language—a very modern writer, being, together with Zola and Dickens, among the very greatest journalist-novelists of the nineteenth century.” —The Times Literary Supplement (London)

“Intensely Russian. . . . Rambling and yet engrossing. . . . Anyone interested in the last decades of Russia before the Bolshevik Revolution will be happy to be led into its vast expanses and depths by such an intelligent and always interested guide.” —The Scotsman

“Russians have revered Nikolai Leskov’s artistry for over a century, but he is little known in the West because the story-telling voices from deep in the Russian heartland that he skillfully ventriloquizes in his tales are notoriously difficult to translate. Pevear and Volokhonsky’s collection of Leskov’s best-known works bears all the hallmarks of their previous successes—absolute faithfulness to the author’s meaning and manner, ingenious finds and formulations, and fluency in English.” —Vladimir Alexandrov, B. E. Bensinger Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Yale University

“Without Leskov there would be no Bulgakov, no Chekhov, but also no García Márquez and Julio Cortázar. . . . Leskov is the essential storyteller: he does not portray life, he creates it in all its wonder and terror and magic.” —Alberto Manguel

“Nikolai Leskov’s absence from classic Russian literature lists must end now! If you like Russian, and you like funny, you will love Leskov.” —Gary Shteyngart

“Leskov was celebrated in his own time by luminaries no less than Tolstoy and Chekhov. . . . Seasoned with equal parts humor and social commentary, Leskov’s stories prove gentle but infectious portraits of the sorrow and joys of Russian peasantry.” —Publishers Weekly (starred)

“A welcome new translation of Leskov’s grand metaphysical romp, a hallmark of nineteenth-century Russian literature. . . . A literate delight, and a book to look forward to reading more than once.” —Kirkus Reviews

“[Pevear and Volokhonsky] have managed a formidable job, maintaining the master’s voice and allowing these essential Russian stories to retain a distinct nineteenth-century flavor while keeping them fresh and alive for the modern reader.” —BookPage

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