This anthology illustrates the evolution of Russian women´s writing over the 20th century. It wasn´t until the 1900s that women authors finally made a notable breakthrough on the Russian literary scene. Despite a brilliant start further development of women´s writing in Russia was crudely interrupted by Soviet censorship and only resumed after the downfall of the USSR. Whereas critics unanimously recognise the greatness of such literary stars as Anna Akhmatova and Marina Tsvetayeva, opinions differ about other writers such as Nadezhda Teffi and Lydia Ginzburg who reached wide readerships only in the 1990s, when most of the formerly banned books were published.Mid-century, women were almost invisible in Russian literature, but world-famous authors like Ludmila Ulitskaya, Galina Scherbakova, and Svetlana Alexiyevich were still writing. Latterly women writers such as Olga Slavnikova, Irina Muravyova, and Margarita Khemlin increasingly dominated publishing programmes.ContentsIntroduction by Natasha Perova1. Solovki and Kishmish by Nadezhda Teffi, translated by Robert & Elizabeth Chandler.2. My Jobs by Marina Tsvetaeva, translated by Jamey Gambrell.3. Autobiographical Sketches by Anna Akhmatova,translated by Andrew Bromfield.4. Conscience Deluded by Lydia Ginzburg, translated by Boris Dralyuk.5. Lady with the Dog by Galina Scherbakova, translated by Ilona Chavasse.6. The Gift Not Made by Human Hand by Ludmila Ulitskaya, translated by Arch Tait.7. Landscape of Loneliness : Three Voices by Svetlana Alexievich, translated by, Joanne Turnbull.8. The Stone Guest by Olga Slavnikova, translated by Marian Schwartz.9. Philemon and Baucis by Irina Muravyova, tanslated by John Dewey.10. Such a Girl by Ludmila Petrushevskaya, translated by Joanne Turnbull.11. Jewish Woman Farewell by Margarita Khemlin, translated by Arch Tait.
Scenes of Russian Court Life:Being the Correspondence of Alexander I. With His Sister Catherine (Classic Reprint) Henry Havelock
A cabal of ruthless men set in motion a plot to ignite nuclear war, certain they will survive the resulting holocaust and rule what is left after the missiles stop flying. Director Elizabeth Harker´s aging Project team is called into action once again, but the odds are stacked high against them. A hostile president means to shut them down. Someone keeps trying to kill them. Nick and Selena´s unborn children are in the line of fire. Even Selena´s Russian half-sister is caught up in the deadly game, with consequences she´d never expected. The doomsday clock is ticking. If the Project team doesn´t stop the plot in time, the world will pay the price.
A towering classic of Russian literature, Fyodor Dostoevsky´s Crime and Punishment is a compelling story of a brutal double murder and its aftermath. An impoverished ex-student, Rodion Raskolnikov, kills a pawnbroker and her sister, apparently for financial gain. But as he encounters friends and family, strangers and adversaries, Raskolnikov is compelled to face the true forces that have led him to murder. His struggle with himself and those around him becomes a battle of the individual against society, radicalism against tradition, and ultimately the will of man against the mysteries of divine providence. A sensation in its day, Crime and Punishment has left an indelible stamp on the world of literature. This beautiful Macmillan Collector´s Library edition of Crime and Punishment is translated from the Russian by Constance Garnett, with an afterword by Oliver Francis. Designed to appeal to the booklover, the Macmillan Collector´s Library is a series of beautiful gift editions of much loved classic titles. Macmillan Collector´s Library are books to love and treasure.
For readers of Philippa Gregory and Alison Weir comes a dramatic novel of the beloved Empress Maria, the Danish girl who became the mother of the last Russian tsar. Even from behind the throne, a woman can rule. Narrated by the mother of Russia´s last tsar, this vivid, historically authentic novel brings to life the courageous story of Maria Feodorovna, one of Imperial Russia´s most compelling women, who witnessed the splendor and tragic downfall of the Romanovs as she fought to save her dynasty in its final years. Barely nineteen, Minnie knows that her station in life as a Danish princess is to leave her family and enter into a royal marriage-as her older sister Alix has done, moving to England to wed Queen Victoria´s eldest son. The winds of fortune bring Minnie to Russia, where she marries the Romanov heir, Alexander, and once he ascends the throne, becomes empress. When resistance to his reign strikes at the heart of her family and the tsar sets out to crush all who oppose him, Minnie-now called Maria-must tread a perilous path of compromise in a country she has come to love. Her husband´s death leaves their son Nicholas as the inexperienced ruler of a deeply divided and crumbling empire. Determined to guide him to reforms that will bring Russia into the modern age, Maria faces implacable opposition from Nicholas´s strong-willed wife, Alexandra, whose fervor has led her into a disturbing relationship with a mystic named Rasputin. As the unstoppable wave of revolution rises anew to engulf Russia, Maria will face her most dangerous challenge and her greatest heartache. From the opulent palaces of St. Petersburg and the intrigue-laced salons of the aristocracy to the World War I battlefields and the bloodied countryside occupied by the Bolsheviks, C. W. Gortner sweeps us into the anarchic fall of an empire and the complex, bold heart of the woman who tried to save it. Praise for The Romanov Empress ´´Through the voice of Maria, [C. W.] Gortner succeeds in adding a new perspective to the well-known story of Nicholas, Alexandra, and Rasputin. As a sister, wife, mother, and empress, she is a fierce and dynamic narrator.´´-Library Journal ´´Gortner, an experienced hand at recreating the unique aura of a particular time and place, will deftly sweep historical-fictions fans into this glamorous, turbulent, and ultimately tragic chapter in history.´´-Booklist (starred review)
Can a woman ever really know herself if she doesn’t know her mother? From the author of the smash-hit bestseller Firefly Lane and True Colors comes a powerful, heartbreaking novel that illuminates the intricate mother-daughter bond and explores the enduring links between the present and the past Meredith and Nina Whitson are as different as sisters can be. One stayed at home to raise her children and manage the family apple orchard; the other followed a dream and traveled the world to become a famous photojournalist. But when their beloved father falls ill, Meredith and Nina find themselves together again, standing alongside their cold, disapproving mother, Anya, who even now, offers no comfort to her daughters. As children, the only connection between them was the Russian fairy tale Anya sometimes told the girls at night. On his deathbed, their father extracts a promise from the women in his life: the fairy tale will be told one last time—and all the way to the end. Thus begins an unexpected journey into the truth of Anya’s life in war-torn Leningrad, more than five decades ago. Alternating between the past and present, Meredith and Nina will finally hear the singular, harrowing story of their mother’s life, and what they learn is a secret so terrible and terrifying that it will shake the very foundation of their family and change who they believe they are.