Fandango and Other Stories by Alexander Grin

Translated by Bryan Karetnyk Review by Karen Langley, 24 March 2020 Recent years have seen a wave of wonderful new translations of ‘lost’ Russian authors of the 19th and 20th century. Some have never been rendered into English before; some have simply not received the widespread readership they deserve; but all of those I’ve come…

Kallocain by Karin Boye

Translated by David McDuff Review by Karen Langley, 20 February 2020 Our modern world often seems to be getting very close to a dystopian nightmare, and most of our visions of that kind of world tend to be drawn from works like Brave New World and Nineteen Eighty Four. However, there are any number of…

Abigail by Magda Szabo

Translated by Len Rix Reviewed by Harriet, 6 February 2020 This novel, by the award-winning Hungarian novelist Magda Szabo, was first published in 1970. However, it is set in 1943-4, a crucial period in the history of Hungary during WWII. The country had been allied to Germany and Italy from the start of the war,…

Tales of Pirx the Pilot by Stanislaw Lem

Translated by Louis Iribarne Review by Karen Langley, 23 January 2020 Polish writer Stanislaw Lem was a prolific author of science fiction works, the most well known of which is Solaris (which has been filmed as a Hollywood blockbuster and a cult movie by Tarkovsky). However, his many other books have not always been so…

Death of the Vazir-Mukhtar by Yuri Tynianov

Translated by Susan Causey Translation editor Vera Tsareva-Brauner Reviewed by Karen Langley Recent years have seen a large number of works by Russian authors newly translated into the English language; many of these had disappeared under Soviet rule or while the authors were living abroad as émigrés, or simply because fashions in reading change. I’ve…