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The Duel and Selected Stories

by Aleksandr Ivanovich Kuprin Andrew R. Macandrew

Realistic short stories of army life set in Tsarist Russia and based on Kuprin's own minute, personal observation of life. All the stories in this selection have an element of symbolism and may provide ample food for thought on such matters as life, human destiny, love, and goodness.

The Golovlovs

by Andrew R. Macandrew Mikhail Evgrafovich Saltykov-Shchedrin

A critical look at the Russian gentry from the 1830s to the 1870s, M. E. Saltykov-Shchedrin's novel "The Golovlovs" exposes the insubstantiality of the family as one of the proclaimed bases of Russian social life. In sharp contrast to his contemporaries, including Aksakov, Turgenev, Tolstoy, and Goncharov, Saltykov-Shchedrin shows the gentry family, as represented by the Golovlovs, as disintegrating, corrupted by its status and way of life.

A Ticket to the Stars

by Andrew R. Macandrew Vasili Aksenov

A story of the lively adventure of four young Russian people whose unconventional ideas are matched only by their off-beat behavior.

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