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Overview

“Collecting what is beautiful . . . in the living Russian literature,” Stephen Graham assembled the Constable’s Russian Library. Graham’s collection captures the literary spirit of the age in Russia at the turn of the century. These stories, poetry, memoir, and other narratives open up the spiritual, intellectual, and physical struggles of Russian consciousness in the midst of war, famine, and revolution.

The grand narratives of Brothers Karamazov and Anna Karenina were the exception in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Russian literature. The short story carried all the import the novel did in Western Europe. Several authors mastered this form which saturated Russian society, high and low. Graham captures the best of Kuprin’s realism, Sologub’s fantasy, and Brussof’s emotion. Graham wrote that “these specimen volumes of Russian stories which I have edited from Sologub, Kuprin, and Brussof may be helpful in our own literary world as affording new conceptions, new models, and showing new possibilities of literary form.”

Also included are journalist Vlas Doroshevitch’s impactful account of Russian suffering in World War I, The Way of the Cross, and the extended prose work of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s daughter, Lyubov, The Emigrant.

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Key Features

  • Samples the best in Russian literature at the turn of the century
  • Collects the work of three masters of the short story: Kuprin, Sologub, and Brussof
  • Portrays the spiritual, intellectual, and physical struggles of the Russian people in the early twentieth century

Product Details

  • Title: Constable’s Russian Library
  • Editor: Stephen Graham
  • Series: Constable’s Russian Library
  • Volumes: 5
  • Pages: 1,179
  • Christian Group: Orthodox
  • Topic: Literature and the Arts

Individual Titles

The Sweet-Scented Name and Other Fairy Tales, Fables, and Stories

  • Author: Fedor Sologub
  • Editors: Stephen Graham
  • Translator: Stephen Graham and Rosa Savory
  • Series: Constable’s Russian Library
  • Publisher: Constable and Company
  • Publication Date: 1915
  • Pages: 260

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“One of the cleverest of . . . Russian tale-writers and poets” according to Graham, Fedor Sologub’s work skipped the detail and realism of his contemporaries to pull his readers “out of the everyday atmosphere into the mirage.” This volume contains a selection of the short stories he made his name in before the success of his novels. Some are filled with biting political satire, some with pleasant, lively humor, and some express the collective grief of Russia in the shadow of devastating wars. Sologub was a master of the short story, some of which fill barely a page. Those collected here reflect his genius and mastery of the form.

Contents;

  • Wings
  • The Sweet-Scented Name
  • Turandina
  • Lohengrin
  • Who Art Thou?
  • The Dress of the Lily and of the Cabbage
  • She Who Wore a Crown
  • The Delicate Child
  • The Bit of Candy
  • The Lump of Sugar
  • The Bull
  • The Golden Post
  • So Arose a Misunderstanding
  • Frogs
  • The Lady in Fetters
  • The Kiss of the Unborn
  • The Hungry Gleam
  • The Little Stick
  • Equality
  • Adventures of a Cobble-Stone
  • The Future
  • The Road and the Light
  • The Keys
  • The Independent Leaves
  • The Crimson Ribbon
  • Slayers of Innocent Babes
  • The Herald of the Beast
  • On the Other Side of the River Mairure
  • The Candles

Fedor Sologub (1863–1927) was a Russian poet, novelist, playwright, and essayist. He introduced the grim elements of European fin de siècle literature to the Russian audience. His father died of tuberculosis when Fedor was four and he was raised in the home of an aristocratic family where his mother was a servant. Determined to rescue his family from poverty, he brought them with him to his first teaching post and began his literary career publishing children’s literature. He rose to fame with the publication of his most celebrated work, the novel The Petty Demon.

The Way of the Cross

  • Author: V. Doroshevitch
  • Editor: Stephen Graham
  • Translator: Stephen Graham
  • Series: Constable’s Russian Library
  • Publisher: Constable and Company
  • Publication Date: 1916
  • Pages: 152

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Fleeing German invaders late in the summer of 1915, millions of Russian refugees suffered, starved, and perished—their journey east marked by white crosses remembering the dead. Journalist and Russophile Thomas Graham translated the Russian journalist Doroshevitch’s account of these sufferings, intending to distribute the moving work among the trenches of the Western front. Graham writes, “Doroshevitch is a liberal and a progressive, but he is a real Russian and a Christian. This breathless, almost desperate story yet breathes a tender love toward the individual, and there is that Christian mysticism that can see in the white crosses over the fugitives’ graves ‘Georgian crosses on the breast of the suffering earth.’”

Vlas Mikhailovitch Doroshevitch (1864–1922) was a popular early-twentieth-century Russian journalist, novelist, essayist, and literary critic, who poignantly covered Russian suffering during World War I.

A Slav Soul and Other Stories

  • Author: Alexander Kuprin
  • Editor: Stephen Graham
  • Translator: Stephen Graham and Rosa Savory
  • Series: Constable’s Russian Library
  • Publisher: Constable and Company
  • Publication Date: 1916
  • Pages: 256

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Stephen Graham writes in his introduction, “Perhaps the greatest of living Russian novelists is Kuprin. . . . He comes to you with a handful of wild flowers in one red, hairy hand and a shovelful of rubbish in the other—his shiny, lachrymose but unfathomable features pouring floods of tears or rolling and bursting in guffaws of laughter.” Graham collects fifteen of Kuprin’s wildly popular tales. Kuprin is “nearer to the earth, less in the clouds” than his contemporary Sologub. With gripping detail, Kuprin captures the life of the aristocracy, military officers, and relationships between men and women, as well as some simple yet delightful children’s stories.

Contents:

  • Introduction: Alexander Kuprin
  • A Slav Soul
  • The Song and the Dance
  • Easter Day
  • The Idiot
  • The Picture
  • Hamlet
  • Mechanical Justice
  • The Last Word
  • The White Poodle
  • The Elephant
  • Dogs’ Happiness
  • A Clump of Lilacs
  • Anathema
  • Tempting Providence
  • Cain
Even today, Alexander Kuprin remains one of the widest read classics in Russian literature. . . . His vivid stories of the lives of ordinary people and unhappy love, his descriptions of the military and brotheis, making him a writer for all times and places.

—Sergei Sossinsky, deputy editor-in-chief, Moscow News

Alexander Kuprin (1870–1928) was a Russian writer, pilot, and explorer, best known for his story The Duel. He attended military school and served until 1894, after which he served as everything from a circus performer to a dental care provider before found great success as a writer in 1905. Vladimir Nabokov called him “the Russian Kipling,” and Leo Tolstoy declared him Chekhov’s successor.

The Emigrant

  • Author: L.F. Dostoieffskaya
  • Editor: Stephen Graham
  • Translator: Vera Margolies
  • Series: Constable’s Russian Library
  • Publisher: Brentano’s
  • Publication Date: 1916
  • Pages: 323

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This work from the daughter of the great novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky, tells the story of a Russian emigrant in Italy. In this “deeply interesting study of contemporary types,” Dostoieffskaya’s characters work out the value and values of the Roman and Russian Orthodox churches, and grapple with their identity as Russian in the aftermath of military defeat and revolution.

Lyubov Fyodorovna Dostoieffskaya (1869–1926) was a Russian writer, memoirist, and daughter of Fyodor Dostoevsky. She authored a memoir of her father, Dostoevsky as Portrayed by His Daughter.

The Republic of the Southern Cross and Other Stories

  • Author: Valery Brussof
  • Editor: Stephen Graham
  • Translator: Stephen Graham
  • Series: Constable’s Russian Library
  • Publisher: Constable and Company
  • Publication Date: 1918
  • Pages: 188

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“An emotional study of reality and unreality cast in the form of brilliant tales,” this collection features the poetry, short stories, and criticism of the Russian writer Valery Brussof. Brussof’s style is a terse staccato next to the flowing legato of Dostoevsky and Kuprin. He explores the world of dreams and fantasy, questioning hardline reason and materialism.

Contents:

  • The Republic of the Southern Cross
  • The Marble Bust
  • For Herself or For Another
  • In the Mirror
  • Protection
  • The “Bemol” Shop of Stationery
  • Rhea Silvia
  • Eluli, Son of Eluli
  • In the Tower

Valery Yakovlevich Brussof (1873–1924) was a Russian poet, dramatist, translator, literary critic, and historian, and a principal member of the Russian Symbolist movement.

About Stephen Graham

Stephen Graham (1884–1975) was a British journalist, travel-writer, essayist, and novelist. Born in Edinburgh to the journalist P. Anderson Graham, Stephen left school at 14 to work as a legal clerk in London. He first studied Russian vacationing near the Sea of Azov. Shortly afterward he quit his job in order to explore the Caucasus and Urals. He supported himself thereafter through his writings as a Russophile and world traveler. He wrote reports on Russian culture for English readers, married in Russia, and documented World War I from the Russian perspective.

Graham is best known for his accounts of his travels throughout Russia and his pilgrimages to Jerusalem with Russian Christians. He also wrote reports on Russian culture for English readers and documented World War I from the Russian perspective. His works reflect deep sympathy for the poor and outcast of society, as well as a distaste for industrialization.