In the modern Russian literature, especially in the children’s literature, few books become a sensation. Not every year it is possible to find a book, which is read and discussed almost by everyone. Olga Gromova’s Sugar Child, first published in 2014, has been reissued several times, and its 2017 reissue differs from the others: it’s a “grown-up” version, it has new cover. The author of the new cover is Ksenia Dereka. Her illustration won the reader’s competition held by KompasGuide and Illustrators.ru site in social networks in June 2017. Sugar Child tells the story of a 5-year-old girl Elya, who was sent with her mother to a camp in Kirgizia as family members of an “enemy of the people”. Settling into a new place is hard, looking back on happy days in Moscow is painful and getting to know strange people is scary. However, this novel, despite its difficult subject, is its own way bright and optimistic: new place will be settled into, a grown-up Elya will see Moscow again and good people can be found anywhere.
book published with the financial support of the Institute of Tranalsation, Moscow, Russia (www.institutperevoda.ru)
Examining the ancient Gospel of Thomas–a Gnostic text supressed by the early church–OSHO paints a portrait of Jesus that is radical and revolutionary, a Jesus who makes demands that run counter to the safe and gentle person of traditional Christian teaching.
Having spent some time in Rome, Antonio – the handsomest young man in Catania – returns to his native town with the reputation of being a playboy and with a long list of amorous adventures behind him. To please his father, Antonio agrees to marry the beautiful Barbara. A year after their marriage however – scandal erupts. Barbara is still a virgin! The bride’s family attempt to annul the marriage and Antonio’s honour seems irrevocably lost.
The stories of Oğuz Atay do not lag behind his novels in terms of the depth of comprehension of daily life, the richness of expression and the energies of taking the reader away. The protagonist of the story that gave the book its name while “waiting for fear” imprisons itself at home is one of the greatest proofs of Atay’s difference in the literary route.
Stark, brooding, and enormously controversial when first published in 1905, this astonishing novel juxtaposes impressions of fin-de-siècle Stockholm against the psychological landscape of a man besieged by obsession. Lonely and introspective, Doctor Glas has long felt an instinctive hostility toward the odious local minister. So when the minister’s beautiful wife complains of her husband’s oppressive sexual attentions, Doctor Glas finds himself contemplating murder. A masterpiece of enduring power, Doctor Glas confronts a chilling moral quandary with gripping intensity.
‘Get down!’ the official said. ‘Or I will get a constable to push you out!’‘Do that,’ I told him. ‘I will not get off this train!’ We know Mahatma Gandhi as the father of the nation, as the benign looking old man whose picture graces ourcurrency notes. But who was Mohandas KaramchandGandhi and what made him the phenomenon he was? Born into a middle class Gujarati family, Gandhi gaveevidence of his thirst for the truth at an early age. Tirelessly striving for the truth, Gandhi was usuallyharder on himself than on anyone else. His moralcourage and implicit faith in truth and above all hisbelief that love and nonviolence were the perfect weapons to win any fight made him a charismatic leader whose life and words continue to influence people today.
‘Gandhiji’s life in South Africa isvery interesting as the events therechanged him.’
At the start of The Translator’s Bride, the Translator’s bride has left him. But if he can only find a way to buy a small house, maybe he can win her back . . . These are the obsessive thoughts that pervade the Translator’s mind as he walks around an unnamed city in 1920, trying to figure out how to put his life back together. His employers aren’t paying him, he’s trying to survive a woman’s unwanted advances, and he’s trying to make the best of his desperate living conditions. All while he struggles with his own mind and angry and psychotic ideas, filled with longing and melancholy. Darkly funny, filled with acidic observations and told with a frenetic pace, The Translator’s Bride is an incredible ride—whether you’re a translator or not!