The Greatest Russian Stories of Crime and Suspense by Otto Penzler

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The first anthology ever devoted entirely to Russian crime fiction—including works by Acunin, Chekhov, Dostoevsky, Gogol, Nabokov, Pushkin, and Tolstoy Many of the greatest Russian authors, including Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov, and Pushkin, produced crime and mystery fiction, a type of literature that was largely suppressed during the Soviet era because it did not glorify the state but, instead, gave individuals the significance that the U.S.S.R. despised. With the fall of the Soviet Union, mystery writers have become some of the most successful novelists in Russia, and there is a renewed interest in the great crime classics of an earlier era. Nonetheless, the enormous talent and passion of Russian authors has long been justly acclaimed, and the rare forays they made into the genre rank among the world’s classics. This volume is the first collection ever devoted entirely to Russian crime fiction.

About Otto Penzler

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Otto Penzler owns the Mysterious Bookshop in New York & founded the Mysterious Press & Otto Penzler Books. He has written & edited several books, including the Edgar-winning "Encyclopedia of Mystery & Detection".
Published June 5, 2012 by Pegasus Books. 368 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Nikitin’s surprisingly idiomatic Sherlock Holmes pastiche “The Strangler,” Lev Sheinen’s Arctic expansion of the locked-room formula in “The Hunting Knife” or Vladimir Nabokov’s macabre resolution of domestic difficulties in “Revenge.” But Maxim Gorky’s portrait of a compulsive killer in “A Stran...

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