Literary roundup: Ranking Russians, Glas and Balla

Way back in 2013 when the world wasn’t utterly collapsing I had the foresight to publish an excerpt from Balla’s novella In the Name Of the Father, translated from the Slovak by Julia and Peter Sherwood. Now the book has been published by Jantar Publishing and translator Charles Sabatos has written about it in the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Read an excerpt from the novella in B O D Y here

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Glas New Russian Writing

At the European Literature Network, publisher Natasha Perova recounts the history of Glas, which has introduced Russian writers, both contemporary and from the modernist era, such as Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky, Victor Pelevin and many others to international attention (and bigger publishers). She also kindly mentions my own interest and promotion of the 1920’s novella Cynics by the great Anatoly Mariengof.

There are more than a few works from Glas published in B O D Y, including Valery Ronshin, Irina Bogatyreva, Teffi and Vlas Doroshevich among others.

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Top 112 Russian writers

And many of the writers Glas published are included in a list of the greatest 112 (actually 113, because Ilf and Petrov get listed together) Russian writers of all time in Russia Beyond the Headlines. It’s a cool list, with many old, dead, 19th century and recognizable names at the top, followed by an interesting mix of more obscure older writers and contemporaries further down. A sad consequence of the list though is the report out of Russia of the tragic suicide of the 113th best writer (Why did you have to make the list 112? Why?!)

You can read a handful of the writers listed in B O D Y, including Zakhar Prilepin #49, Yuri Mamleyev #70 and Alisa Ganieva #74 among others.

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