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Worlds Apart (2007) [Anthology]
by Andrei Bely Alexander Blok Valery Bryusov Mikhail Bulgakov Faddei Bulgarin Nikolai Chernyshevsky Gavrila Derzhavin Fyodor Dostoevsky Nikolai Gogol Daniil Kharms Alexander Kuprin Mikhail Lermontov Vladimir Odoevsky Yuri Olesha Boris Pilnyak Andrei Platonov Alexander Pushkin Alexei Remizov Fyodor Sologub Alexei Tolstoy Ivan Turgenev Ivan Yefremov Nikolai Zabolotsky Yevgeny Zamyatin Rating: No votes (Rate!)
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Summary (From the publisher):

A constant thread woven throughout the history of Russian literature is that of fantasy and an escape from the bounds of realism. Worlds Apart is the first single-volume anthology that explores this fascinating and dominant theme of Russian literature—from its origins in the provincial folk tale, through its emergence in the Romantic period in the tales of Pushkin, Lermontov, and Turgenev, to its contemporary incarnation under the clouds of authoritarianism, revolution, mechanization, and modernization— with all-new translations of the key literary masterpieces that reveal the depth and ingenuity of the Russian imagination as it evolved over a period of tumultuous political, social, and technological upheaval.

Alexsander Levitsky, perhaps the world’s foremost expert on this genre, has selected, translated, and provided engaging and informative introductions to the selections that simultaneously represent the works of Russia’s best authors and reveal the dominant themes of her history: Myth and the Fairy Tale, Utopianism and Dystopianism, Mechanization and Modernization, Space Flight, and more. The authors range from familiar figures—Pushkin, Lermontov, Turgenev, Gogol, Dostoevsky, Bulgakov, and Bely—to writers practically unknown outside the Slavic world such as Derzhavin, Bulgarin, Kuprin and Pilniak.


  • Part I Russian Early-Modern Fantasy and Utopian Thought
    • From the ode God by Gavrila Romanovich Derzhavin
    • The Magic Lantern by Gavrila Romanovich Derzhavin
    • Zlogor by Gavrila Romanovich Derzhavin
    • Autumn by Alexander Sergeevich Pushkin
    • The Bronze Horseman by Alexander Sergeevich Pushkin
    • The Queen of Spades by Alexander Sergeevich Pushkin
    • Demon by Mikhail Iurievich Lermontov
    • The Dream by Mikhail Iurievich Lermontov
    • Shtoss by Mikhail Iurievich Lermontov
    • The Phantoms [abridged] by Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev
    • Two Poems in Prose from Senilia by Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev
    • Vyi [abridged] by Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol
    • Nevsky Prospekt by Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol
    • The Diary of a Madman by Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol
    • The Nose by Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol
    • excerpt from The Plausible Fantasies by Faddei Venediktovich Bulgarin
    • excerpt from The Year 4338. Letters from St. Petersburg by Vladimir Fyodorovich Odoevsky
    • Vera Pavlovna's Fourth Dream [excerpt from What Is to Be Done] by Nikolai Gavrilovich Chernyshevsky
    • Bobok by Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky
    • The Little Boy at the Savior's Christmas Tree by Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky
    • The Dream of a Ridiculous Man by Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky
  • Part II Modern Russian Fantasy, Utopia and Science Fiction
    • The Stranger by Alexander Alexandrovich Blok
    • excerpt from The Twelve by Alexander Alexandrovich Blok
    • Dust Demons by Valery Iakovlevich Briusov
    • The Republic of the Southern Cross by Valery Iakovlevich Briusov
    • The Asteroid by Fyodor Kuzmich Sologub
    • A Little Man by Fyodor Kuzmich Sologub
    • Demon by Andrei Bely
    • excerpt fom St. Petersburg by Andrei Bely
    • A Toast by Alexander Ivanovich Kuprin
    • Liquid Sunshine by Alexander Ivanovich Kuprin
    • The Bear Cub by Alexei Mikhailovich Remizov
    • The Blaze by Alexei Mikhailovich Remizov
    • excerpts from Russia in a Whirlwind and In a Rosy Light by Alexei Mikhailovich Remizov
    • The Dragon by Evgeny Ivanovich Zamiatin
    • The Cave by Evgeny Ivanovich Zamiatin
    • excerpt from We by Evgeny Ivanovich Zamiatin
    • A Year in Their Life by Boris Andreevich Pilniak
    • excerpt from The Naked Year by Boris Andreevich Pilniak
    • Signs of Zodiac by Nikolai Alekseevich Zabolotsky
    • Human of the Snows by Nikolai Alekseevich Zabolotsky
    • The Young Man who Surprized the Watchman by Daniel Kharms
    • The Dream by Daniel Kharms
    • Love by Yuri Olesha
    • On the Fantasy of H. G. Wells by Yuri Olesha
    • The Fatal Eggs by Mikhail Afanasievich Bulgakov
    • excerpt from Master and Margarita by Mikhail Afanasievich Bulgakov
    • excerpt from The Red Star by Alexander Alexandrovich Bogdanov
    • excerpt from Aelita by Alexei Nikolaevich Tolstoy
    • excerpt from The Sun, the Moon, and the Ether Channel by Andrei Platonovich Platonov
    • excerpt from The Andromeda Nebula by Ivan Antonovich Efremov

Original title: Worlds Apart: An Anthology of Russian Fantasy and Science Fiction
Original languages: Russian


Genre: FictionFantasy
FictionScience Fiction

The following works are contained within this one:
     Queen of Spades, the (1833) [Short Story]
      Author: Alexander Pushkin
     Diary of a Madman (1835) [Novelette]
      Author: Nikolai Gogol
     Viy (1835) [Short Story]
      Author: Nikolai Gogol
     Nevsky Prospect (1835) [Novella]
      Author: Nikolai Gogol
     Nose, the (1836) [Novelette]
      Author: Nikolai Gogol
     Bobok (1873) [Short Story]
      Author: Fyodor Dostoevsky
     Dream of a Ridiculous Man, the (1877) [Short Story]
      Author: Fyodor Dostoevsky
     Cave, the (1922) [Short Story]
      Author: Yevgeny Zamyatin
     Fatal Eggs, the (1924) [Novella]
      Author: Mikhail Bulgakov
This work contains excerpts from the following works :
     Petersburg (1913) [Novel]
      Author: Andrei Bely
     Aelita (1923) [Novel]
      Author: Alexei Tolstoy
     We (1924) [Novel]
      Author: Yevgeny Zamyatin
     Master and Margarita, the (1966) [Novel]
      Author: Mikhail Bulgakov

Edition #1: Worlds Apart

Worlds Apart (2007)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Edited by: Alexander Levitsky
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Manifested in:

Worlds Apart (July 10, 2007)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Overlook Press
ISBN: 1585678201
Pages: 656

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