Mikhail Iossel and I, with the help of a small army of great translators, put together this selection of stories from some of the most interesting contemporary Russian fiction writers.
“Rasskazy presents not only the future of Russian writing but also the future of literature, that hopelessly human project.”
—Aleksandar Hemon, author of Love and Obstacles
“Rasskazy is a marvelous collection that gives an American reader a taste of the diversity of literary voices as well as the richness of post-Soviet Russian life.”
—Lara Vapnyar, author of Broccoli and Other Tales of Food and Love
“A collection of first-rate stories like Rasskazy: New Fiction from a New Russia provides not only a much-needed renovation of our understanding of Russia’s present, but also a glimpse into the world’s future: a future featuring an exponential increase in sorrow and terror and corruption, endless premonitions of menace, and our main source of hope residing in the resilient capacities of human tenderness.” —Jim Shepard, author of Like You’d Understand Anyway