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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To Viktor, the spoils: how Orbán’s Hungary launched a culture war from within

To Viktor, the spoils: how Orbán’s Hungary launched a culture war from within

Pussy Riot’s Tolokonnikova to release book on activism

Pussy Riot’s Tolokonnikova to release book on activism

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

Georgi Gospodinov: enter the world of the Bulgarian writer taking on empathy, sorrow and stereotypes

Georgi Gospodinov: enter the world of the Bulgarian writer taking on empathy, sorrow and stereotypes

A Terrible Country review: a poignant tale of love and compromise in a nation haunted by its past

A Terrible Country review: a poignant tale of love and compromise in a nation haunted by its past

A Swarm of Dust: Slovenia's Evald Flisar takes you on a chaotic whirlwind through sex and obsession

A Swarm of Dust: Slovenia’s Evald Flisar takes you on a chaotic whirlwind through sex and obsession