Sergey Gandlevsky’s 2002 novel Illegible has a double-time focus, centering on the immediate experiences of Lev Krivorotov, a twenty-year-old poet living in Moscow in the 1970s, as well as his retrospective meditations thirty years later after most of his hopes have foundered.
In the surreal and darkly humorous stories of Alta Ifland’s Elegy for a Fabulous World, the narrator recalls an eccentric family and their polyglot friends and neighbors–Hungarians, Germans, Romanians, Gypsies, Jews, Russians–surviving together in a space where fable, reality, and State-issued lies are impossible to untangle.
Sometimes immigrants must share their experiences with those who are fortunate enough to reside in their countries of birth. Not just to take the load off their shoulders, but to make others aware of the plight of hundreds of millions who leave their countries annually worldwide. I’m one of those immigrants. In this collection of twenty-one stories, I share my own experience and the experience of others like me through the lives of my composite protagonists.
Книга-билингва “Мисс Нина, вы мусульманка?” – это легкие и забавные рассказы с не сразу заметным философским подтекстом, который постепенно охватывает и захватывает читателя. Учительница-еврейка наблюдает, как приживаются или, наоборот, остаются чуждыми современной американской культуре мусульманские традиции, с которыми приехали и в которых живут герои книги – дети. Предисловие Гасана Гусейнова.
Above Water deals with effects of Nazism on Harry Rosen, a Latvian Jew. Harry has to endure the inferno of the Riga ghetto. <…> Above Water is an important book about life in two totalitarian states–first, German-occupied Latvia, then the Soviet Union during the Cold War.