"A welcome quantity of news from Russia’s best modern fiction author, Mikhail Shishkin, filled with his common fusing of mysticism and modernist experimentation." —Sam Sacks, Wall road Journal
The first English-language number of brief tales by way of Russia's maximum modern writer, Mikhail Shishkin, the single writer to win all 3 of Russia's so much prestigious literary awards.
Often integrated in discussions of Nobel Prize contenders, Shishkin is a grasp prose author within the breathtakingly appealing sort of the best Russian authors, identified for advanced, allusive novels approximately common and emotional issues. Shishkin's tales learn like sleek models of the everlasting literature written by way of his maximum inspirations: Boris Pasternak, Ivan Bunin, Leo Tolstoy, and Mikhail Bulgakov.
Shishkin's brief fiction is the fitting creation to his breathtaking oeuvre, his tales contact at the similar great subject matters as his novels, spanning discussions of affection and loss, loss of life and everlasting lifestyles, emigration and exile.
Calligraphy Lesson spans Shishkin's whole writing occupation, together with his first released tale, the 1993 Debut Prize–winning "Calligraphy Lesson," and his newest tale "Nabokov's Inkblot," which was once written for a dramatic edition played in Zurich in 2013.
Mikhail Shishkin (b. 1961 in Moscow) is likely one of the so much famous names in modern Russian literature. A former interpreter for refugees in Switzerland, Shishkin divides his time among Moscow, Switzerland, and Germany.