He stepped into the bushes to fool around a little. “What can I say about Grigory,” he thought later, “when I don’t even know whether I exist?”
From The Sublimes by Yuri Mamleyev, translated from the Russian by Marian Schwartz. This highly influential cult classic from 1968 has never before been translated into English and is being published in April by Haute Culture Books in a hand-made luxury edition as well as e-book version.
The novel’s affinities with Dostoevsky have been noted in both the philosophical and murderous vein it takes, as well as the way the characters seem driven by ideas.
Upcoming: In Afterwords, a look at some of the writing on Mamleyev. Then, an interview with Haute Culture publisher Luis de Miranda.
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Photo – Yuri Mamleyev by Vladimir Sichov