Subtly Worded and other stories, by Teffi
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Teffi was quite possibly the most popular writer in Russia before the October Revolution, a favourite of Tsar Nicholas II and Lenin alike - no small achievement!)
There's a fair bit of info about the collection floating around on the internet, and the wonderful Teffi herself seems to finally be getting the recognition that her work so richly deserves, as after many years of near silence, she's suddenly being translated into a number of languages. And there's a huge body of work waiting to be translated!!
ETA Per Amazon, it's not being released (in the US???) until December, but the UK Book Depository has it. Will wait a few weeks to see if I can get it at the bookstore and then may order it.
rebeccanyc, yes, there's quite a gap between the UK and US publication dates. It's available electronically, but then you would miss out on the presentation - it's absolutely gorgeous. And the cover image is highly detailed, which doesn't come across electronically. I hope you're able to find a copy locally.
Irish Times - http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/rasputin-the-tsars-tolstoy-and-their-wor...
The Kompass - http://thekompass.rbth.co.uk/article/473
New Welsh Review - https://www.newwelshreview.com/article.php?id=788
Loved this book to bits - hard to pick out favourites because there isn't a dud among them, but "The Lifeless Beast" was very moving, the title story clever and chilling, and her memories of Rasputin absolutely fascinating! Hope more Teffi will make its way into English!
"The Lifeless Beast" is considered one of her finest works, and certainly her finest before emigrating.
(There is more Teffi in the pipeline. "Yavdokha" has just been published in the latest issue of Chtenia, and I believe her memoirs are scheduled for release in 2016.)
And over the past few months I've translated a number of short stories for different publications: a story by Teffi - "Yavdokha" - for the summer issue of Chtenia (http://www.russianlife.com/archive/backissue/params/Issue/2103108215/), a couple of stories for Maaboret (one by Yevygeny Shvarts and two by Daniil Kharms, all still to appear) and and a piece by Olga Slavnikova for an as yet unnamed anthology which I think is due to appear in the spring.
So... this and that!
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