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Between Dog and Wolf

Between Dog and Wolf

Between Dog and Wolf, written in 1980, has long intimidated translators because of its complex puns, rhymes, and neologisms. Language rather than plot motivates the story-the novel is often compared to James Joyce's Finnegans Wake-and time, characters, and death all prove unstabl... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780231181471
Barcode 9780231181471
Published 15 December 2016 by Columbia University Press
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Author(s) By Sokolov, Sasha
Translated by Boguslawski, Alexander
Series Russian Library
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ISBN-13 9780231181471
ISBN-10 0231181477
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Columbia University Press
Imprint Columbia University Press
Publication Date 15 December 2016
International Publication Date 6 December 2016
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Sokolov, Sasha
Translated by Boguslawski, Alexander
Series Russian Library
Category Award Winning
Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 296
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 216mm
Spine: 20mm
Weight 354g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Russian fiction, Russian fiction, Volga River (Russia), Dialect fiction
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 891.7344
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

Sasha Sokolov is one of few writers to have been praised by Vladimir Nabokov, who called his first novel, A School for Fools, an enchanting, tragic, and touching book. Sokolov's second novel, Between Dog and Wolf, written in 1980, has long intimidated translators because of its complex puns, rhymes, and neologisms. Language rather than plot motivates the story-the novel is often compared to James Joyce's Finnegans Wake-and time, characters, and death all prove unstable. The one constant is the Russian landscape, where the Volga is a more-crossable River Styx, especially when it freezes in winter. Sokolov's fiction has hugely influenced contemporary Russian writers. Now, thanks to Alexander Boguslawski's bold and superb translation, English readers can access what many consider to be his best work.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Long-listed for Read Russia Prize 2018
NZ Review Sokolov is one of those rare novelists whose primary concern is the praise and exploration of a language rather than the development of a position. In this, he is in the line of Gogol, Lermontov, Nabokov. -- David Remnick, Washington Post

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Author's Bio

Sasha Sokolov is the author of the novels A School for Fools (1976), Between Dog and Wolf (1980), and Astrophobia (1985) and the essay collection In the House of the Hanged (2011). Alexander Boguslawski is professor of Russian at Rollins College and the translator of Sasha Sokolov's A School for Fools (2015) and In the House of the Hanged (2011).

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