Literature

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

In conservative Poland, gay literary couple ‘Maryla Szymiczkowa’ are cutting a defiant path

In conservative Poland, gay literary couple ‘Maryla Szymiczkowa’ are cutting a defiant path

“Learn to live with it, even forgive.” Russia’s bestselling author Guzel Yakhina on the traumas of Soviet history

“Learn to live with it, even forgive.” Russia’s bestselling author Guzel Yakhina on the traumas of Soviet history

“Everything changed.” Ukraine’s literary star Serhiy Zhadan on 5 years since Euromaidan

“Everything changed.” Ukraine’s literary star Serhiy Zhadan on 5 years since Euromaidan

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

Infinite Jest comes to Russia. Why translators finally took on the 'untranslatable' novel

Infinite Jest comes to Russia. Why translators finally took on the ‘untranslatable’ novel

“Flood, deluge, mass psychosis.” How the Soviet Union fell for Erich Maria Remarque

“Flood, deluge, mass psychosis.” How the Soviet Union fell for Erich Maria Remarque

These 9 books will tell you everything you need to know about the New East now

These 9 books will tell you everything you need to know about the New East now

Bride and Groom: an extract from Alisa Ganieva’s new book, a vivid portrayal of modern Dagestan

Bride and Groom: an extract from Alisa Ganieva’s new book, a vivid portrayal of modern Dagestan

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

Akram Aylisli: how one Azerbaijani writer dealt with a book burning campaign against him

Akram Aylisli: how one Azerbaijani writer dealt with a book burning campaign against him

The meteoric rise of Olga Tokarczuk, Poland’s pre-eminent novelist

The meteoric rise of Olga Tokarczuk, Poland’s pre-eminent novelist

Yevgeny Vodolazkin: Russia’s prize-winning novelist on Orthodoxy, death and playing with time

Yevgeny Vodolazkin: Russia’s prize-winning novelist on Orthodoxy, death and playing with time

Freedom fighters: have Russia’s dissidents past and present neglected LGBTQ struggles?

Freedom fighters: have Russia’s dissidents past and present neglected LGBTQ struggles?

LGBTQ literature: take a journey through New East history with our reading list

LGBTQ literature: take a journey through New East history with our reading list

Daša Drndić: reflecting on the life and literature of Croatia’s most courageous writer

Daša Drndić: reflecting on the life and literature of Croatia’s most courageous writer

Voice of a generation: join the fight to translate work by Bosnia’s Faruk Šehić into English

Voice of a generation: join the fight to translate work by Bosnia’s Faruk Šehić into English

The world’s first rapper was actually a Soviet poet, says Russia’s culture minister

The world’s first rapper was actually a Soviet poet, says Russia’s culture minister