The first English-language collection of a contemporary Russian master of the short story.
Maxim Osipov is a cardiologist, social activist, and writer of
short fiction. In 1994, he founded a publishing company
specializing in medical translation, and in 2007, he began writing
essays, short stories, novellas, and dramas. He has published three
collections of prose and was the recipient of the Kazakov Prize for
the best short story of 2010.
Boris Dralyuk's most recent translations include Isaac Babel's Red Cavalry and Odessa Stories, and his writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The Times Literary Supplement, and elsewhere. He is the executive editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books.
"Osipov makes his English-language debut with this masterful and
sublime collection, largely set in rural Russian villages....This
collection showcases Osipov's talent in creating subtle,
sophisticated character portraits that carry a good dose of
suspense." --Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Masterful and often startling stories, suffused with an irony that is as merciless as it is tender." --Daniel Medin
"Maxim Osipov's stories cut me to the quick, because he does what true writers do: he tries to make sense of life with his own mind, puts his soul into the effort, and, most importantly, presents everything in his own words." --Sergey Gandlevsky "Osipov's prose -- remarkable, transparent, Russian, painful and tough, timely and timeless -- is imbued with compassion. It may not always console, but it always gratifies." -- Lev Dodin "Osipov writes not only laconically, but simply, plainly, without going into excessive details but 'going into' the essence of contemporary Russian life. ... Irony, Robert Musil once noted in his diaries, combines enmity with compassion. And this is what we find in the work of Maxim Osipov." --Alexander Livergrant, Novyi Mir "Maxim Osipov's stories are kaleidoscopic. [He] is continuing Russian literature's great love story with medicine, a flame lit by writer-physicians Mikhail Bulgakov and Anton Chekhov." --Matthew Janney, The Calvert Journal