By Mikhail Shishkin
The 1st English-language choice of brief tales via Russia's maximum modern writer, Mikhail Shishkin, the single writer to win all 3 of Russia's such a lot prestigious literary awards.
Often incorporated in discussions of Nobel Prize contenders, Shishkin is a grasp prose author within the breathtakingly appealing type of the best Russian authors, identified for complicated, allusive novels approximately common and emotional topics. Shishkin's tales learn like sleek models of the everlasting literature written by means of his maximum inspirations: Boris Pasternak, Ivan Bunin, Leo Tolstoy, and Mikhail Bulgakov.
Shishkin's brief fiction is the best creation to his breathtaking oeuvre, his tales contact at the similar huge topics as his novels, spanning discussions of affection and loss, demise and everlasting existence, emigration and exile.
Calligraphy Lesson spans Shishkin's whole writing profession, together with his first released tale, the 1993 Debut Prize–winning "Calligraphy Lesson," and his latest tale "Nabokov's Inkblot," which was once written for a dramatic version played in Zurich in 2013.
Mikhail Shishkin (b. 1961 in Moscow) is without doubt one of the so much trendy names in modern Russian literature. A former interpreter for refugees in Switzerland, Shishkin divides his time among Moscow, Switzerland, and Germany.