Faithful Ruslan

Author: Georgiĭ Vladimov

Publisher: Melville House

ISBN: 1935554670

Category: Fiction

Page: 216

View: 5915

The story of a guard dog in a Siberian labor camp, an honest, noble, and loyal servant of the state, reveals the effects of tyranny on the souls of both prisoners and prison guards.

Faithful Ruslan

the story of a guard dog

Author: Georgiĭ Vladimov

Publisher: N.A


Category: Fiction

Page: 220

View: 9674

A guard dog in a Soviet Gulag attempts to survive with his dignity after he is no longer needed by the state.

Faithful Ruslan

Author: Georgi Vladimov

Publisher: Melville House

ISBN: 161219009X

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

View: 3869

Unavailable for twenty years, this harrowing allegory of obedience to authority is esteemed as “one of the defining literary texts of the post-Stalin period.” (The Guardian) Set in a remote Siberian depot immediately following the demolition of one of the gulag’s notorious camps and the emancipation of its prisoners, Faithful Ruslan is an embittered cri de coeur from a writer whose circumstances obliged him to resist the violence of arbitrary power. “Every writer who writes anything in this country is made to feel he has committed a crime,” Georgi Vladimov said. Dissident, he said, is a word that “they force on you.” His mother, a victim of Stalin’s anti-Semitic policy, had been interred for two years in one of the camps from which Vladimov derived the wrenching detail of Faithful Ruslan. The novel circulated in samizdat for more than a decade, often attributed to Solzhenitsyn, before its publication in the West led to Vladimov’s harassment and exile. A starving stray, tortured and abandoned by the godlike “Master” whom he has unconditionally loved, Ruslan and his cadre of fellow guard dogs dutifully wait for the arrival of new prisoners—but the unexpected arrival of a work party provokes a climactic bloodletting. Fashioned from the perceptions of an uncomprehending animal, Vladimov’s insistently ironic indictment of the gulag spirals to encompass all of Man’s inexplicable cruelty. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Niels Lyhne

Author: Jens Peter Jacobsen

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 3734012880

Category: Fiction

Page: 160

View: 9864

Reproduction of the original: Niels Lyhne by Jens Peter Jacobsen

Conscience, Dissent and Reform in Soviet Russia

Author: Philip Boobbyer

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317571223

Category: History

Page: 282

View: 2887

This book embraces the political, intellectual, social and cultural history of Soviet Russia. Providing a useful perspective of Putin’s Russia, and with a strong historical and religious background, the book: looks at the changing features of the Soviet ideology from Lenin to Stalin, and the moral universe of Stalin's time explores the history of the moral thinking of the dissident intelligentsia examines the moral dimension of Soviet dissent amongst dissidents of both religious and secular persuasions, and includes biographical material explores the ethical assumptions of the perestroika era, firstly amongst Communist leaders, and then in the emerging democratic and national forces.

Ambiguous Adventure

Author: Hamidou Kane

Publisher: Heinemann

ISBN: 9780435901196

Category: Fiction

Page: 178

View: 9278

Sambo Diallo is unable to identify with the soulless material civilization he finds in France, where he is sent to learn the secrets of the white man's power.

The Little Demon

Author: Fyodor Sologub

Publisher: Independently Published

ISBN: 9781720147596

Category: Fiction

Page: 132

View: 534

Fyodor Sologub's classic novel exploring issues of social class and position, professional envy, paranoia, and marital politics. Ardalyon Borisitch Peredonov, a teacher, dreams of elevating his station to become an inspector by the intervention of a princess. Plagued by his covetous pursuit of promotion, he suffers paranoid hallucinations, manifesting as a creature of the shadows. Acclaimed for its delving of the Russian psyche and exploration of the Russian concept of poshlost (banality), The Little Demon (also known as The Petty Demon) is a classic of literature.

Flame of Sevenwaters

Author: Juliet Marillier

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 045141487X

Category: Fiction

Page: 432

View: 2861

Maeve returns to Sevenwaters to find the country in turmoil after Prince Mac Dara's desperate attempts to return his only son to the Otherworld put innocents in peril.

Pink Sari Revolution: A Tale of Women and Power in India

Author: Amana Fontanella-Khan

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 039306297X

Category: Social Science

Page: 284

View: 7213

Describes the Pink Gang, an Indian women's grassroots vigilante group, 20,000-members strong, who fight for women's rights throughout the country and highlights the stories of the women they have helped and the tactics they used. 10,000 first printing.

The History of Terrorism

From Antiquity to ISIS

Author: Gérard Chaliand,Arnaud Blin

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520292502

Category: History

Page: 536

View: 1226

First published in English in 2007 under title: The history of terrorism: from antiquity to al Qaeda.

The Eternal Philistine

An Edifying Novel in Three Parts

Author: Ödön von Horváth

Publisher: Melville House

ISBN: 1935554476

Category: Fiction

Page: 162

View: 1644

A classic prescient work of pre-WWII literature by a major Weimar author about a young used car salesman. In search of another means to live the high life, he decides to travel from Berlin to Madrid to see the World's Fair - and hopefully meet a beautiful, rich woman who can provide for his every whim. The Eternal Philistine is a highly stylised and at times raucously funny tale of the almost absurd: a dark satiric look at Europe on the brink of Fascism, seen from all levels of society.

The Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen

Author: Rudolf Erich Raspe

Publisher: The Floating Press

ISBN: 1877527319

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 254

View: 7511

Sail off on a fantastical journey with Baron Munchausen, the jocular title character of this whimsical tale from Rudolf Erich Raspe. The book is based on the exploits of a real-life German baron whose stories about the battles in which he fought as a member of the Russian army included details such as riding on a cannonball and flying to the moon. The book was also the basis of a 1988 film adaptation.

A Dream in Polar Fog

Author: Yuri Rytkheu

Publisher: Archipelago

ISBN: 193574447X

Category: Fiction

Page: 337

View: 9220

A Dream in Polar Fog is at once a cross-cultural journey, an ethnographic chronicle of the people of Chukotka, and a politically and emotionally charged adventure story. It is the story of John MacLennan, a Canadian sailor who is left behind by his ship, stranded on the northeastern tip of Siberia and the story of the Chukchi community that adopts this wounded stranger and teaches him to live as a true human being. Over time, John comes to know his new companions as a real people who share the best and worst of human traits with his own kind. Tragedy strikes, and wounds are healed with compassion and honesty as tensions rise and fall. Rytkheu’s empathy, humor, and provocative voice guide us across the magnificent landscape of the North and reveal all the complexity and beauty of a vanishing world.

The Lord Chandos Letter

And Other Writings

Author: Hugo Von Hofmannsthal

Publisher: New York Review of Books

ISBN: 1590175433

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 152

View: 8800

Hugo von Hoffmannsthal made his mark as a poet, as a playwright, and as the librettist for Richard Strauss’s greatest operas, but he was no less accomplished as a writer of short, strangely evocative prose works. The atmospheric stories and sketches collected here—fin-de-siècle fairy tales from the Vienna of Klimt and Freud, a number of them never before translated into English—propel the reader into a shadowy world of uncanny fates and secret desires. An aristocrat from Paris in the plague years shares a single night of passion with an unknown woman; a cavalry sergeant meets his double on the battlefield; an orphaned man withdraws from the world with his four servants, each of whom has a mysterious power over his destiny. The most influential of all of Hofmannsthal’s writings is the title story, a fictional letter to the English philosopher Francis Bacon in which Lord Chandos explains why he is no longer able to write. The “Letter” not only symbolized Hofmannsthal’s own turn away from poetry, it captured the psychological crisis of faith and language which was to define the twentieth century.


Author: John Berger

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1408859270

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

View: 6456

A furious homage to the homeless and a lyrical meditation on language and experience. You will be led to a place you haven't been, from where few stories come. You will be led by King, a dog (or is he?) to a wasteland beside the motorway called Saint Valery.

A Pug's Tale

Author: Alison Pace

Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780425241196

Category: Fiction

Page: 194

View: 5225

Hope McNeill and her beloved pug, Max, help Manhattan D.A. Ben Brown search for a 19th-century painting that goes missing from the Metropolitan Museum of Art during a party, in this follow-up to Pug Hill. Original. 40,000 first printing.