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Volokhonsky, Larissa

Works: 45 works in 256 publications in 1 language and 20,800 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Political fiction  Domestic fiction  Historical fiction  Satire  Psychological fiction  War stories  Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc  Dictionaries 
Roles: Translator, Author of introduction, Annotator
Classifications: PG3326, 891.733
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Most widely held works by Larissa Volokhonsky
Anna Karenina : a novel in eight parts by Leo Tolstoy ( Book )
28 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in English and held by 3,150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Anna Karenina tells of the doomed love affair between the sensuous and rebellious Anna and the dashing officer, Count Vronsky. Tragedy unfolds as Anna rejects her passionless marriage and must endure the hypocrisies of society. Set against a vast and richly textured canvas of nineteenth-century Russia, the novel's seven major characters create a dynamic imbalance, playing out the contrasts of city and country life and all the variations on love and family happiness. While previous versions have softened the robust, and sometimes shocking, quality of Tolstoy's writing, Pevear and Volokhonsky have produced a translation true to his powerful voice. This award-winning team's authoritative edition also includes an illuminating introduction and explanatory notes. Beautiful, vigorous, and eminently readable, this Anna Karenina will be the definitive text for generations to come
Crime and punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky ( Book )
12 editions published between 1992 and 2007 in English and held by 1,754 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Determined to overreach his humanity and assert his untrammeled individual will, Raskolnikov, and impoverished student living in the St. Petersburg of the Tsars, commits an act of murder and theft and sets into motion a story which, for its excruciating suspense, its atmospheric vividness, and its profundity of characterization and vision, is almost unequaled in the literatures of the world
The brothers Karamazov : a novel in four parts with epilogue by Fyodor Dostoyevsky ( Book )
12 editions published between 1990 and 2008 in English and held by 1,505 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Brothers Karamazov, his last and greatest novel, published just before his death in 1881, chronicles the bitter love-hate struggle between the outsized Fyodor Karamazov and his three very different sons. It is above all the story of a murder, told with hair-raising intellectual clarity and a feeling for the human condition unsurpassed in world literature
War and peace by Leo Tolstoy ( Book )
11 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 1,491 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Presents a new translation of the classic reflecting the life and times of Russian society during the Napoleonic Wars, in a book accompanied by an index of historical figures, textual annotation, a chapter summary, and an introduction
Notes from the underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky ( Book )
10 editions published between 1993 and 2010 in English and held by 1,270 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A faithful translation of the classic written at the turn of the nineteenth to the twentieth century follows the narrator's withdrawal from his life as an official to the underground, where he makes passionate and obsessive observations on social utopianism and the irrational nature of humankind
The complete short novels by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov ( Book )
14 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 1,010 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The Steppe is an account of a nine-year-old boy's frightening journey by wagon train across the steppe of southern Russia. The Duel sets two decadent figures--a fanatical rationalist and a man of literary sensibility--on a collision course that ends in a series of surprising reversals. In The Story of an Unknown Man, a political radical spying on an important official by serving as valet to his son gradually discovers his own terminal illness has changed his long-held priorities in startling ways. Three Years recounts a complex series of ironies in the personal life of a rich but passive Moscow merchant. In My Life, a man renounces wealth and social position for a life of manual labor. The resulting conflict between the moral simplicity of his ideals and the complex realities of human nature culminates in a brief apocalyptic vision that is unique in Chekhov's work."--from cover, p. [2]
The idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky ( Book )
10 editions published between 1869 and 2003 in English and held by 943 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Just two years after completing Crime and Punishment, Dostoevsky produced a second novel with a very different man at its center. In The Idiot, the saintly Prince Myshkin returns to Russia from a Swiss sanatorium and finds himself a stranger in a society obsessed with wealth, power, and sexual conquest. He soon becomes entangled in a love triangle with a notorious kept woman, Nastasya, and a beautiful young girl, Aglaya. Extortion and scandal escalate to murder, as Dostoevsky's "positively beautiful man" clashes with the emptiness of a society that cannot accommodate his innocence and moral idealism. The Idiot is both a powerful indictment of that society and a rich and gripping masterpiece."--BOOK JACKET
Demons : a novel in three parts by Fyodor Dostoyevsky ( Book )
7 editions published between 1994 and 2006 in English and held by 900 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A new translation of The Possessed and a new title to go with it. The translators claim it better reflects the spirit of what basically is a novel of ideas, the demons of the title being the Western imports of idealism, socialism, materialism, nihilism, atheism and so on
Dead Souls by Nikolaĭ Vasilʹevich Gogolʹ ( Book )
7 editions published between 1996 and 2011 in English and held by 801 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In this comic classic of Russian literature, Chichikov, an amusing and often confused schemer, buys deceased serfs' names from landlords' poll tax lists hoping to mortgage them for profit
The brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky ( Book )
6 editions published between 1990 and 2000 in English and held by 776 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The violent lives of three sons are exposed when their father is murdered and each one attempts to come to terms with his guilt
The collected tales of Nikolai Gogol by Nikolaĭ Vasilʹevich Gogolʹ ( Book )
8 editions published between 1998 and 2012 in English and held by 767 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A new translation of stories by a 19th century Russian master. One story is on a madman convinced that a dog can tell him everything he needs to know, another is on a downtrodden clerk whose life is changed by a new overcoat
Doctor Zhivago by Boris Leonidovich Pasternak ( Book )
9 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 761 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Boris Pasternak's Widely acclaimed novel comes gloriously to life in a magnificent new translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhnosky, the award-winning translators of war and Peace and Anna Karenina, and to whom The New York Review of Books declared, "the English-speaking world is indebted." First published in Italy in 1957 amid international controversy--the novel was banned in the Soviet Union Until 1988, and Pasternak declined the Nobel prize a year later under intense pressure from soviet authorities--Doctor Zhivago is the story of the life and loves of a poet-physician during the turmoil of the Russian Revolution. Taking his family from Moscow to What he hopes will be shelter in the Ural Mountains, Zhivago finds himself instead embroiled in the battle between the Whites and the Reds. Set against this backdrop of cruelty and Strife is Zhivago's love for the tender and beautiful Lara: pursued, found, and lost again, Lara is the very embodiment of the pain and chaos of those cataclysmic times. Stunningly rendered in the spirit of Pasternak's original --resurrecting his style, rhythms, voicings, and tone--and including an introduction, textual annotations, and a translators' note, this edition of Doctor Zhivago is destined to become the definitive English translation of our time." --Book Jacket
The master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov ( Book )
19 editions published between 1997 and 2009 in English and held by 664 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Presents an English translation of the Russian novel written at the height of Stalin's regime, in which Satan, in the guise of a man named Woland, arrives in Moscow and begins to wreak havoc in the literary community, honing in on his real target, an author called The Master, who has written a novel about Pontius Pilate
The eternal husband and other stories by Fyodor Dostoyevsky ( Book )
9 editions published between 1997 and 2012 in English and held by 621 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Five classic stories in a new translation. The title story is on a relationship between a husband and his wife's lover, while A Nasty Anecdote is a satire on a tsarist official who considers himself humane
Stories by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov ( Book )
5 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 575 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Called the greatest of short story writers, Chekhov changed the genre itself with his spare, impressionistic depictions of Russian life and the human condition
The double ; and, The gambler by Fyodor Dostoyevsky ( Book )
6 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 562 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The award-winning translators Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky have given us the definitive version of Fyodor Dostoevsky's strikingly original short novels, The Double and The Gambler.The Double is a surprisingly modern hallucinatory nightmare-foreshadowing Kafka and Sartre-in which a minor official named Goliadkin becomes aware of a mysterious doppelganger, a man who has his name and his face and who gradually and relentlessly begins to displace him with his friends and colleagues. The Gambler is a stunning psychological portrait of a young man's exhilarating and destructive addiction to gambling, a compulsion that Dostoevsky-who once gambled away his young wife's wedding ring-knew intimately from his own experience. In chronicling the disastrous love affairs and gambling adventures of Alexei Ivanovich, Dostoevsky explores the irresistible temptation to look into the abyss of ultimate risk that he believed was an essential part of the Russian national character."--Publisher's website
The adolescent by Fyodor Dostoyevsky ( Book )
10 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 544 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Nineteen-year-old Arkady Dolgonsky has difficulty establishing his personal identity amid the political and social upheavals of nineteenth-century Russia
The death of Ivan Ilyich and other stories by Leo Tolstoy ( Book )
8 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in English and held by 522 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"This book is a new translation of Tolstoy's most important short fiction. Here are eleven stories from the mature author, some autobiographical, others moral parables, and all imaginative, transcendent, and evocatively drawn. They include The Prisoner of the Caucasus, inspired by Tolstoy's experiences as a soldier in the Chechen War, and one of only two of his works that Tolstoy himself considered "good art"; Hadji Murat, the novella Harold Bloom called "the best story in the world," featuring the real-life war hero Hadji Murat, a Chechen rebel who ravaged his Russian occupiers only to defect to the Russian side after a falling-out with his own commander; The Devil, a tale of sexual obsession based on Tolstoy's relationship with a married peasant woman on his estate in the years before his marriage; and the celebrated The Death of Ivan Ilyich, an intense and moving examination of death and the possibilities of redemption."--BOOK JACKET
The enchanted wanderer : and other stories by N. S Leskov ( Book )
7 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 469 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Presents newly translated verions of seventeen of Leskov's short stories, inspired by oral storytelling traditions, that range from the fantastical to the satirical to the tragic
Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky ( Book )
4 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 364 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Inspired by the true story of a political murder that horrified Russians in 1869, Fyodor Dostoevsky conceived of Demons as a 'novel-pamphlet' in which he would say everything about the plague of materialist ideology that he saw infecting his native land. What emerged was a prophetic and ferociously funny masterpiece of ideology and murder in pre-revolutionary Russia." --Book Jacket
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