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The Greatest Russian Stories of Crime and Suspense

by Otto Penzler Editor · Boris Akunin Contributor


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The first anthology ever devoted entirely to Russian crime fiction—including works by Acunin, Chekhov, Dostoevsky, Gogol, Nabokov, Pushkin, and Tolstoy

Many of the greatest Russian authors, including Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov, and Pushkin, produced crime and mystery fiction, a type of literature that was largely suppressed during the Soviet era because it did not glorify the state but, instead, gave individuals the significance that the U.S.S.R. despised. With the fall of the Soviet Union, mystery writers have become some of the most successful novelists in Russia, and there is a renewed interest in the great crime classics of an earlier era.

Nonetheless, the enormous talent and passion of Russian authors has long been justly acclaimed, and the rare forays they made into the genre rank among the world's classics. This volume is the first collection ever devoted entirely to Russian crime fiction.

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Pegasus Books
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Otto Penzler (Editor)

Otto Penzler is the proprietor of the Mysterious Bookshop in New York City. He is the founder of the Mysterious Press and Otto Penzler Books, and has received numerous awards to his contribution to the mystery field. His anthology The Black Lizard...

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Contributor :
Anton Chekhov
Contributor :
P. Nikitin
Contributor :
Nikolai Gogol
Contributor :
Maxim Gorky
Contributor :
Boris Akunin
Contributor :
Leo Tolstoy
Contributor :
Alexander Pushkin
Editor :
Otto Penzler
Contributor :
Vladimir Nabokov
Contributor :
Ivan Bunin
Contributor :
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Contributor :
Vil Lipatov
Contributor :
Lev Sheinin
Contributor :
Nikolai Lyeskov
Contributor :
Boris Sokoloff
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