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The Enchanted Wanderer: and Other Stories (original 1873; edition 2013)

by Nikolai Leskov, Richard Pevear (Translator), Larissa Volokhonsky (Translator)

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Title:The Enchanted Wanderer: and Other Stories
Authors:Nikolai Leskov
Other authors:Richard Pevear (Translator), Larissa Volokhonsky (Translator)
Info:Knopf (2013), Hardcover, 608 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Tags:read 2012, 1001 books, Fiction, russia, folktales, short stories

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The Enchanted Wanderer and Other Stories by Nikolai Leskov (1873)



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Picked this up after reading Walter Benjamin's essay pitching Leskov as the last great figure in European storytelling. There are a number of shorter stories included (like Lady Macbeth of Mtensk, which Shostakovich later turned into an opera), but the title story is the centre of attention and surely what Benjamin was referring to; it sits as a sort of 19th century Russian terminal-station to the tradition embodied by the Decameron and the Thousand and One Nights. Also excellent is The Steel Flea, a sort of Gogolesque triumph of Russian craftsmanship in the face of Russian everything-else. ( )
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Do not combine books called The Enchanted Wanderer without careful checking; there are four separate collections under that title, plus the 1924 A.G. Paschkoff translation of the story by itself, published as a separate book.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0812966961, Paperback)

Written over the course of Leskov’s career, each story in The Enchanted Wanderer elucidates the very essence of the human condition; themes of love, despair, loneliness, and revenge are explored against the backdrop of nineteenth-century working-class Russia. Leskov deftly layers social satire and subtle criticism atop myth and fable, resulting in a richly entertaining collection.

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Presents newly translated versions of seventeen of Leskov's short stories, inspired by oral storytelling traditions, that range from the fantastical to the satirical to the tragic.

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