White Walls: Collected Stories

byTatyana TolstayaTranslated byJamey GambrellContribution byAntonina Bouis

Paperback | April 17, 2007

White Walls: Collected Stories by Tatyana Tolstaya
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“Tolstaya carves indelible people who roam the imagination long after the book is put down.” –Time

Tatyana Tolstaya’s short stories—with their unpredictable fairy-tale plots, appealingly eccentric characters, and stylistic abundance and flair—established her in the 1980s as one of modern Russia’s finest writers. Since then her work has been translated throughout the world. Edna O’Brien has called Tolstaya “an enchantress.” Anita Desai has spoken of her work’s “richness and ardent life.” Mixing heartbreak and humor, dizzying flights of fantasy and plunging descents to earth, Tolstaya is the natural successor in a great Russian literary lineage that includes Gogol, Yuri Olesha, Bulgakov, and Nabokov.

White Walls is the most comprehensive collection of Tolstaya’s short fiction to be published in English so far. It presents the contents of her two previous collections, On the Golden Porch and Sleepwalker in a Fog, along with several previously uncollected stories. Tolstaya writes of lonely children and lost love, of philosophers of the absurd and poets working as janitors, of angels and halfwits. She shows how the extraordinary will suddenly erupt in the midst of ordinary life, as she explores the human condition with a matchless combination of unbound imagination and unapologetic sympathy.
Born in Leningrad, Tatyana Tolstaya comes from an old Russian family that includes the writers Leo and Alexei Tolstoy. She studied at Leningrad State University and then moved to Moscow, where she continues to live. She is also the author of Pushkin’s Children: Writings on Russia and Russians.Jamey Gambrell is a writer on Russian ar...
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Title:White Walls: Collected StoriesFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:416 pages, 8 X 5.1 X 0.9 inShipping dimensions:416 pages, 8 X 5.1 X 0.9 inPublished:April 17, 2007Publisher:New York Review BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1590171977

ISBN - 13:9781590171974

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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