Foolsburg: The History of a Town (Paperback)

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Foolsburg: The History of a Town By Mikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin, Richard Pevear (Translated by), Larissa Volokhonsky (Translated by) Cover Image

Foolsburg: The History of a Town (Paperback)


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The award-winning translators bring us a new translation of an 1870 comic novel by Russia's greatest satirist—whose mockery of Russian autocracy is newly relevant in the age of Putin.

A major classic in Russia since its publication, Foolsburg is the farcical chronicle of a fictional town and its hapless inhabitants as they passively endure the violence and lunacy of their rulers. The succession of brutal mayors of the town include such surreal extremes as a man with a music box instead of a brain and one so tall that he snaps in half during a windstorm. Mikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin marries biting satire reminiscent of Jonathan Swift with the fantastical absurdity of Nikolai Gogol, imbued throughout with his own brand of playful wordplay. The award-winning translators Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky have produced the first translation of this work into English that successfully captures its zany humor and enduring relevance.
MIKHAIL SALTYKOV-SHCHEDRIN (1826–1889), known during his life by his pen name, Nikolai Shchedrin, was a major Russian writer and satirist. Born to a noble family, he worked as a civil servant while writing for and editing radical journals, which led to a banishment of seven years. His most famous novels are the family saga The Golovlyov Family (1880) and the political satire The History of a Town (1870).

About the Translators: RICHARD PEVEAR and LARISSA VOLOKHONSKY have translated works by Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Chekhov, Gogol, Bulgakov, Leskov, and Pasternak. They were twice awarded the PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Prize (for Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov and Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina). They are married and live in France.
Product Details ISBN: 9780593687314
ISBN-10: 0593687310
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: August 13th, 2024
Pages: 304
Language: English