Literature

A bookshop in every village: how the late Soviets animated Moldovan rural life with books

A bookshop in every village: how the late Soviets animated Moldovan rural life with books

How one Bulgarian writer created a global mail order community of radical artists

How one Bulgarian writer created a global mail order community of radical artists

Writer Varlam Shalamov on the criminal underworld’s obsession with motherhood | extract

Writer Varlam Shalamov on the criminal underworld’s obsession with motherhood | extract

In Maria Reva’s Kafkaesque satire, puzzled occupants discover their Soviet tower block doesn’t exist

In Maria Reva’s Kafkaesque satire, puzzled occupants discover their Soviet tower block doesn’t exist

‘How much you are hated is how much you are free’: how Azerbaijan’s underground writers fight for independence

‘How much you are hated is how much you are free’: how Azerbaijan’s underground writers fight for independence

Odesa’s literature museum is a radical tribute to the city’s multicultural, revolutionary history

Odesa’s literature museum is a radical tribute to the city’s multicultural, revolutionary history

This new book captures the history and reality of the black experience in Russia and Europe

This new book captures the history and reality of the black experience in Russia and Europe

Grey Bees: Andrey Kurkov's tale of quiet resilience amid war in Ukraine

Grey Bees: Andrey Kurkov’s tale of quiet resilience amid war in Ukraine

Armenia’s Narine Abgaryan weaves a story of transgenerational trauma amid the folds of fairytale prose

Armenia’s Narine Abgaryan weaves a story of transgenerational trauma amid the folds of fairytale prose

The Trap: Ludovic Bruckstein’s elegantly-observed novellas are a time capsule and warning about Romania’s lost multi-ethnic world

The Trap: Ludovic Bruckstein’s elegantly-observed novellas are a time capsule and warning about Romania’s lost multi-ethnic world

Joanna Lillis enters the world of Kazakh ‘returnees’ in an extract from her new book

Joanna Lillis enters the world of Kazakh ‘returnees’ in an extract from her new book

Tomorrow’s Tolstoy: publisher Yelena Shubina on the wait for a great novel about contemporary Russia

Tomorrow’s Tolstoy: publisher Yelena Shubina on the wait for a great novel about contemporary Russia

To The Lake: Kapka Kassabova’s book is a melancholic tale of boundaries and war in the Balkans

To The Lake: Kapka Kassabova’s book is a melancholic tale of boundaries and war in the Balkans

Can you ever truly know your mother? In the novel The Doll, Ismail Kadare thinks you can't

Can you ever truly know your mother? In the novel The Doll, Ismail Kadare thinks you can’t

Magda Szabó’s cult novel Abigail is an adventurous tale of teenage friendship in wartime Hungary 

Magda Szabó’s cult novel Abigail is an adventurous tale of teenage friendship in wartime Hungary 

Kolyma Stories: read Varlam Shalamov’s brutally moving fragments of life in Siberia’s gulags

Kolyma Stories: read Varlam Shalamov’s brutally moving fragments of life in Siberia’s gulags

Element 174: lose yourself in this queer sci-fi from Bishkek

Element 174: lose yourself in this queer sci-fi from Bishkek

St Petersburg’s Pushkin theme park will bring Russia's greatest fairytales to life

St Petersburg’s Pushkin theme park will bring Russia’s greatest fairytales to life

‘Men are everywhere’: Svetlana Alexievich to launch publishing house for women writers

‘Men are everywhere’: Svetlana Alexievich to launch publishing house for women writers

By the book: 9 new titles to get in your literary calendar in 2020

By the book: 9 new titles to get in your literary calendar in 2020