Twelve tales by such masters as Chekhov, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Pushkin, others. Excellent word-for-word English translations on facing pages, plus teaching and study aids, Russian/English vocabulary, biographical/critical introductions, more.
Born in Moscow, Wladimir Kaminer emigrated to Berlin in the early ´90s when he was 22. Russian Disco is a series of short and comic autobiographical vignettes about life among the émigrés in the explosive and extraordinary multi-cultural atmosphere of ´90s Berlin. It´s an exotic, vodka-fuelled millennial Goodbye to Berlin. The stories show a wonderful, innocent, deadpan economy of style reminiscent of the great humorists. [Several of his European editors make a comparison with current bestseller David Sedaris.] Kaminer manages to say a great deal without seeming to say much at all. He speaks about the offbeat personal events of his own life but captures something universal about our disjointed times.
A collection of charming folk tales and rhymes illustrated by Russian artist Elena Polenova, and designed by Christoph Stolberg. Russian folk tales have a timeless, slightly unworldly quality that children, and those who read to them, find particularly appealing. This is Fontanka´s second book of folk tales with illustrations by the artist Elena Polenova, with stories that are possibly even more beguiling than those in Why the Bear. The same team that produced the first book is responsible for Sinko-Filipko too: the translator Dr Louise Hardiman, the granddaughter of the artist, Natalia Polenova, and the designer Christoph Stolberg. The book is designed to be a companion to the first, with the same quarter binding, and individually coloured chapters.
A second volume of collected short fiction-from the bestselling author and winner of the 2015 Rea Award for the Short Story Few authors write with such sheer love of story and language as T.C. Boyle, and that is nowhere more evident than in his inventive, wickedly funny, and always entertaining short stories. In 1998, T.C. Boyle Stories brought together the author´s first four collections to critical acclaim. Now, T.C. Boyle Stories II gathers the work from his three most recent collections along with fourteen new tales previously unpublished in book form as well as a preface in which Boyle looks back on his career as a writer of stories and the art of making them. By turns mythic and realistic, farcical and tragic, ironic and moving, Boyle´s stories have mapped a wide range of human emotions. The fifty-eight stories in this new volume, written over the last eighteen years, reflect his maturing themes. Along with the satires and tall tales that established his reputation, readers will find stories speaking to contemporary social issues, from air rage to abortion doctors, and character-driven tales of quiet power and passion. Others capture timeless themes, from first love and its consequences to confrontations with mortality, or explore the conflict between civilization and wildness. The new stories find Boyle engagingly testing his characters´ emotional and physical endurance, whether it´s a group of giants being bred as weapons of war in a fictional Latin American country, a Russian woman who ignores dire warnings in returning to her radiation-contaminated home, a hermetic writer who gets more than a break in his routine when he travels to receive a minor award, or a man in a California mountain town who goes a little too far in his concern for a widow. Mordant wit, emotional power, exquisite prose: it is all here in abundance. T.C. Boyle Stories II is a grand career statement from a writer whose imagination knows no bounds.
Ivan Turgenev was a Russian novelist, short story writer, poet, playwright, translator and popularizer of Russian literature in the West. He considered himself an artist first, and approached his storytelling as such. Knock, Knock, Knock and Other Stories features: Knock, Knock, Knock The Inn Lieutenant Yergunov's Story The Dog The Watch
An enchanting collection of tales which showcase Anton Chekhov at the height of his power as a writer In the final years of his life, Chekhov produced some of the stories that rank among his masterpieces, and some of the most highly-regarded works in Russian literature. The poignant ´The Lady with the Little Dog´ and ´About Love´ examine the nature of love outside of marriage - its romantic idealism and the fear of disillusionment. And in stories such as ´Peasants´, ´The House with the Mezzanine´ and ´My Life´ Chekhov paints a vivid picture of the conditions of the poor and of their powerlessness in the face of exploitation and hardship. With the works collected here, Chekhov moved away from the realism of his earlier tales - developing a broader range of characters and subject matter, while forging the spare minimalist style that would inspire such modern short-story writers as Ernest Hemingway and William Faulkner. In this edition Ronald Wilks´s translation is accompanied by an introduction in which Paul Debreczeny discusses the themes that Chekhov adopted in his mature work. This edition also includes a publishing history and notes for each story, a chronology and further reading. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
This book contains now several HTML tables of contents that will make reading a real pleasure! Hector Hugh Munro (18 December 1870 ? 14 November 1916), better known by the pen name Saki, and also frequently as H. H. Munro, was a British writer whose witty, mischievous and sometimes macabre stories satirize Edwardian society and culture. He is considered a master of the short story, and often compared to O Henry and Dorothy Parker. Influenced by Oscar Wilde, Lewis Carroll and Rudyard Kipling, he himself influenced A. A. Milne, Noël Coward and P. G. Wodehouse. Besides his short stories (which were first published in newspapers, as was customary at the time, and then collected into several volumes), he wrote a full-length play, The Watched Pot, in collaboration with Charles Maude; two one-act plays; a historical study, The Rise of the Russian Empire, the only book published under his own name; a short novel, The Unbearable Bassington; the episodic The Westminster Alice (a parliamentary parody of Alice in Wonderland); and When William Came, subtitled A Story of London Under the Hohenzollerns, a fantasy about a future German invasion and occupation of Britain.
Rebbe Zusha of Hanipoli was once walking down the street when he was asked by a Russian police officer, ´´Where are you going?´´ Where are you going? That´s a good question for any day of the year, but it´s especially pertinent during the time period in the Jewish religion known as the Days of Awe - Rosh Hashanah, the Ten Days of Repentance, and Yom Kippur - which are days uniquely designed for taking an inner journey to discover the path to a fulfilling and meaningful life. In this short volume of eight classic Jewish tales retold by Libi Astaire, this spiritual journey is explored through the lens of Chassidus - the mystical religious movement founded by Rabbi Israel, the Baal Shem Tov. Along the way we´ll meet great chassidic leaders such as Rebbe Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev, Rebbe Zusha of Hanipoli, and the Baal Shem Tov himself, who were all masters at showing the way to a New Year filled with good health, prosperity, happiness and, of course, life.
CONTENTS: HEZEKIAH BUTTERWORTH 1. First New England Christmas JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY 2. A Defective Santa Claus JOHN BOWRING 3. Watchman, Tell Us of the Night JOHN GREENLEAF WHITTIER 4. A Christmas Carmen JOHN GREENLEAF WHITTIER 5. The Mystic´s Christmas L. FRANK BAUM 6. Little Bun Rabbit LEO TOLSTOY 7. A Russian Christmas Party LEO TOLSTOY 8. Papa Panov´s Special Christmas LETITIA ELIZABETH LANDON 9. Christmas LEWIS CARROLL 10. Christmas Greetings from a Fairy to a Child LOPE DE VEGA 11. A Christmas Cradlesong MARY E. WILKINS FREEMAN 12. A Stolen Christmas MARY E. WILKINS FREEMAN 13. Christmas Jenny MARY E. WILKINS FREEMAN 14. Jimmy Scarecrow´s Christmas MARY E. WILKINS FREEMAN 15. Josiah´s First Christmas MARY E. WILKINS FREEMAN 16. The Brownie´s Xmas MARY E. WILKINS FREEMAN 17. The Christmas Ball MARY E. WILKINS FREEMAN 18. The Christmas Ghost MARY E. WILKINS FREEMAN 19. The Christmas Masquerade MARY E. WILKINS FREEMAN 20. The Gospel According to Joan MARY E. WILKINS FREEMAN 21. The Snowflake Tree MARY LOUISA MOLESWORTH 22. Not Quite True MARY LOUISA MOLESWORTH 23. The Christmas Princess FRANCIS PHARCELLUS CHURCH 24. Is There a Santa Claus? MONTAGUE RHODES JAMES 25. The Story of a Disappearance and an Appearance MOTHER GOOSE 26. Little Jack Horner MRS. W. H. CORNING 27. A Western Christmas NAHUM TATE 28. Christmas OLIVE THORNE MILLER 29. The Telltale Tile O.HENRY 30. An Unfinished Christmas Story RICHMAL CROMPTON 31. The Christmas Present RICHMAL CROMPTON 32. William´s New Year´s Day ROBERT BROWNING 33. Christmas Eve ROBERT BURNS 34. Auld Lang Syne SAKI 35. Bertie´s Christmas Eve SAKI 36. Reginald on Christmas Presents SAKI 37. Reginald´s Christmas Revel SARA TEASDALE 38. Christmas Carol STEPHEN LEACOCK 39. A Christmas Letter STEPHEN LEACOCK 40. Merry Christmas STEPHEN LEACOCK 41. The Errors of Santa Claus THOMAS CHATTERTON 42. A Hymn for Christmas Day THOMAS HARDY 43. The Oxen THOMAS NELSON PAGE 44. How the Captain Made Christmas VIKTOR RYDBERG 45. Robin Goodfellow WILLIAM MAKEPEACE THACKERAY 46. Dr. Birch and His Young Friends WILLIAM MAKEPEACE THACKERAY 47. Mrs Perkins´s Ball WILLIAM MAKEPEACE THACKERAY 48. Our Street WILLIAM MAKEPEACE THACKERAY 49. The Kickleburys on the Rhine WILLIAM MAKEPEACE THACKERAY 50. The Rose and the Ring
Stories are like Russian dolls; Conjured from a wickedly imaginative pen, here is a new collection of short stories that showcases Joanne Harris´s exceptional talent as a teller of tales, a spinner of yarns. Sensuous, mischievous, uproarious and wry, here are tales that combine the everyday with the unexpected;