WLT's Post-Soviet Reading List

Discover new authors to read from Armenia to Uzbekistan in WLT's post-Soviet reading list. Links to read or purchase each book are provided.

ArmeniaAzerbaijanBelarusEstoniaGeorgiaKazakhstanKyrgyzstanLatviaLithuaniaMoldovaRussiaTajikistanTurkmenistanUkraineUzbekistan

Armenia

Deviation

Violet Grigoryan and Vahan Ishkhanyan

Deviation: Anthology of Contemporary Armenian Literature
(Inknagir Grakan Akumb, 2008)

www.abrilbooks.com

 
Bringing Ararat

Armand Inezian

Bringing Ararat
(Last Light Studio, 2010)

www.amazon.com

 

Azerbaijan

A Voice from the Sea

Sabir Ahmadli

"A Voice from the Sea”
(WLT, June 1996 issue)

www.amazon.com

 
Magnolia

Gioulzar Akhmedova

Magnolia
(Unicont Enterprises Int., 2011)

www.amazon.com

 
Issa, Miriem, and Sana

Amir Pahlavan

Issa, Miriem, and Sana
(ANIVUS, 2008)

www.shop.avinus.de

 

Belarus

The Sun City of Dreams

Artur Klinov

“The Sun City of Dreams”
(Mischief & Mayhem, 2010)

www.mischiefandmayhembooks.com

 
Factory of  Tears

Valzhyna Mort

Factory of Tears
(Copper Canyon Press, 2008)

www.coppercanyonpress.org

 
Wave of Terror

Theodore Odrach

Wave of Terror
(Academy Chicago Publishers, 2008)

www.amazon.com

 

Estonia

Evening Brings Everything Back

Jaan Kaplinski

Evening Brings Everything Back
(Bloodaxe Books, 2004)

www.bloodaxebooks.com

 
Purge

Sofi Oksanen

Purge
(Grove Press, 2010)

www.groveatlantic.com

 
Beyond the Window a Park Is Dimming

Toomas Vint

“Beyond the Window a Park Is Dimming”
Best European Fiction 2011 (Dalkey Archive, 2011)

www.dalkeyarchive.com

 

Georgia

One More Year

Sana Krasikov

One More Year
(Spiegel & Grau, 2008)

www.randomhouse.com

 
Sex for Fridge

Zurab Lezhawa

“Sex for Fridge”
Best European Fiction 2011 (Dalkey Archive, 2011)

www.dalkeyarchive.com

 
Santa Experanza

Aka Morchiladze

Santa Esperanza
(Pendo Verlag, 2006)

www.amazon.com

 

Kazakhstan

Apples are from Kazakhastan

Christopher Robbins

Apples Are from Kazakhstan
(Atlas & Co., 2008)

atlasandco.com

 

Wave of TerrorRollan Seisenbayev

The Day the World Collapsed
(Alma-Alta, 1991)

books.google.com

 

The Silent SteppeMukhamet Shayakhmetov

The Silent Steppe: The Story of a Kazakh Nomad Under Stalin
(Stacey International Publishers, 2006)

www.stacey-international.co.uk

 

Kyrgyzstan

JamiliaChinghiz Aimatov

Jamili
(Telegram Books, 2008)

www.telegrambooks.com

 

Post-Socialist Kyrgyz Literature: Crisis or Renaissance?Bektash Shamshiev

“Post-Socialist Kyrgyz Literature: Crisis or Renaissance?”
(WLT, June 1996 issue)

www.amazon.com

 

Latvia

Ants and BumblebeesInga Abele

“Ants and Bumblebees”
Best European Fiction 2010 (Dalkey Archive, 2010)

www.dalkeyarchive.com

 

The Free WorldDavid Bezmozgis

The Free World
(Viking Press, 2011)

www.amazon.co.uk

 

A Woman in AmberAgate Nesaule

A Woman in Amber
(Penguin, 1996)

us.penguingroup.com

 

Lithuania

K.B. the SuspectMarcelijus Martinaitis

K.B. the Suspect
(White Pine Press, 2009)

www.amazon.com

 

Forms of HopeTomas Venclova

Forms of Hope
(Sheep Meadow Press, 2002)

www.upne.com

 

The Junction: Selected PoemsTomas Venclova

The Junction: Selected Poems
(Bloodaxe Books, 2009)

www.bloodaxebooks.com

 

Moldova

Auntie FroseaIulian Ciocan

“Auntie Frosea”
Best European Fiction 2011 (Dalkey Archive, 2011)

www.dalkeyarchive.com

 

Moldavian AutumnIon Drutse

Moldavian Autumn
(University Press of the Pacific, 2001)

www.barnesandnoble.com

 

Russia

The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar CuisineAlina Bronsky

The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine
(Europa 2011)

www.europaeditions.com

 

Apricot JamAleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Apricot Jam
(Counterpoint, 2011)

www.barnesandnoble.com

 

Day of the OprichnikVladimir Sorokin

Day of the Oprichnik
(Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2011)

us.macmillan.com

 

Tajikistan

Paprin FlowersAkbar Golrang

Parpin Flowers
(Publish America, 2004)

www.barnesandnoble.com

 

PoemsFarzaneh Khojandi

Poems
(Enitharmon Press, 2008)

www.enitharmon.co.uk

 

HurramabadAndrey Volos

Hurramabad
(Ivan R. Dee, 2011)

www.barnesandnoble.com

 

Turkmenistan

DepthAtamurad Atabaev

“Depth”
(WLT, June 1996 issue)

http://www.jstor.org/stable/40042088

 

Toward a New MaturityKhudayberdy Durdyev

“Toward a New Maturity”
(WLT, June 1996 issue)

http://www.jstor.org/stable/40042080

 

Unknown SandsJohn W. Kropf

Unknown Sands
(Dusty Spark Publishing, 2006)

www.amazon.com

 

Ukraine

RecreationsYuri Andrukhovych

Recreations
(Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Study Press, 1998)

www.amazon.com

 

The President's Last LoveAndrey Kurkov

The President’s Last Love
(Knopf Doubleday, 2009)

www.barnesandnoble.com

 

Fieldwork in Ukrainian SexOksana Zabuzhko

Fieldwork in Ukrainian Sex
(AmazonCrossing, 2011)

www.amazon.com

 

Uzbekistan

The RailwayHamid Ismailov

The Railway
(Random House UK, 2007)

www.randomhouse.co.uk

 

Escape HatchVladimir Makanin

Escape Hatch
(Ardis Publishers, 1996)

www.amazon.com

 

2017Olga Slavnikova

2017
(Overlook Press, 2010)

www.overlookpress.com

 

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