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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Beyond Pulp: New Reprints

At first glance, it sometimes seems that Russian booksellers offer little more than hastily translated copies of such Western bestsellers as "The Firm" and "Scarlett." But despite the difficulties in the Russian publishing industry, there are several new books on offer that may renew one's faith in the well-known Russian passion for literature. Terra Publishers had just issued a new three-volume, 1,700-page edition of "Andrei Bolotov's Life and Adventures Written by Himself for His Descendants," considered the best blend of Russian memoirs and fiction of the 18th century. Very popular among Russian readers these days are historical novels written before 1917. Among the most interesting now on offer are "Strelets at the Throne" by Lev Zhdanov (Sovremmenik Publishers), about Russian soldiers during the time of the young Peter the Great; "1812" by Daniil Mordovtsev (Tiumen Publishers of Siberia), about Napoleon's invasion of Russia; and "Alexander the First" by Dmitri Merezhkovski (Pressa Publishers). The half-Parisian, half-Muscovite Eduard Limonov, who is quite popular among Russians with extreme tastes in both literature and politics, has two novels out from Moka Publishers, "History of His Servant" and "That's Me, Edichka." Moka also has released Limonov's "Taming Of Tiger In Paris." Last but not least, Voyennaya Kniga, the official publishing house of the Russian Ministry of Defense, has just published 30,000 copies of the sixth volume of the 10-volumed "Red Wheel" by Alexander Solzhenitsyn. The book is selling for about 5,500 rubles.