Val Votrin is a Belgian speculative fiction writer of Russian origin, writing in Russian and English. He was a finalist of the Andrei Bely Prize, the oldest independent literary prize in Russia, for his 2009 novel The Last Magog. His 2012 novel, The Speech Therapist, was nominated for several main literary awards, including the Russian Booker Prize. His English prose appeared in The Quail Bell Magazine, Trafika Europe, and Eunoia Review.
This collection, compiled, translated, and edited by poet and scholar Ian Probstein, provides Anglophone audiences with a powerful selection of Mandelstam’s most beloved and haunting poems.
This collection of personal essays by a bi-national Russian/U.S. author offers glimpses into many things Soviet and post-Soviet: the sacred, the profane, the mundane, the little-discussed and the often-overlooked. What was a Soviet school dance like? Did communists go to church? Did communists listen to Donna Summer? If you want to find out, read on!