For most of the twentieth century Russia existed under some form of
dictatorship-with the paradoxical effect that in Russia literature
continued to matter as it did in few other countries. From Tolstoy to
Nabokov, the writers of modern Russia have possessed the power to enrage
tyrants, to inspire allegiance and devotion in their readers, and to speak
for the suffocating conscience of their motherland, even when they are
addressing the least political of issues. Clarence Brown's marvelous
collection introduces us to the most resonant voices of twentieth-century
Russia. It includes stories by Chekhov, Gorky, Nabokov, Solzhenitsyn, and
Voinovich; excerpts from Andrei Bely's Petersburg, Mikhail Bulgakov's The
Master and Margarita, Boris Pasternak's Dr. Zhivago, and Sasha Sokolov's A
School for Fools, as well as the complete text of Yuri Olesha's 1927
masterpiece Envy; and poetry by Alexander Blok, Anna Akhmatova, and Osip
Mandelstam - all in authoritative English translations that convey their
music as well as their meaning.

Clarence Brown—The Portable Twentieth-Century Russian Reader

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