Format Hardcover
Publication Date 12/15/10
ISBN 9781605981352
Trim Size / Pages 9.3 x 6.4 in / 368

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The Greatest Russian Stories of Crime and Suspense

The greatest Russian crime and mystery fiction—including Acunin, Chekhov, Dostoevsky, Gogol, Nabokov, Pushkin, and Tolstoy.

Many of the greatest Russian authors, including Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov and Pushkin, produced crime and mystery fiction, a type of literature that was largely suppressed during the Soviet era because it did not glorify the state but, instead, gave individual characters the significance that the U.S.S.R. despised. With the fall of the Soviet Union, mystery writers have become some of the most successful novelists in Russia, and there is a renewed interest in, and appreciation of, the great crime classics of an earlier era.

There have been few policemen, and virtually no private detectives or amateur sleuths, in Russian history worthy of approbation, and in consequence its literature is dramatically different from its Western counterparts. Criminals in Mother Russia tend to be caught or punished by their own consciences or by ghosts, and the notion of a criminal trial as we know it is utterly alien. Nonetheless, the enormous talent and passion of Russian authors has long been justly acclaimed, and the rare forays they made into the loosely defined genre of mystery fiction rank among the world’s classics. This volume is the first collection ever devoted entirely to Russian crime fiction.

Among the esteemed contributors are Anton Chekhov, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Nicolai Gogol, Maxim Gorky, Vladimir Nabokov, Vil Lipitov, Alexander Pushkin, Lev Sheinen, Boris Sokoloff and Leo Tolstoy.

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“Otto Penzler knows more about crime fiction than most people know about anything.” Robert B. Parker
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