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Journey to Russia
Journey to Russia

Journey to Russia

By Miroslav Krleža, Introduction by Dragana Obradovic, Translated by Will Firth

POLITICAL SCIENCE

244 Pages, 5.5 x 8.25

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $18.95 (US $18.95) (CA $24.95)

Publication Date: April 2021

ISBN 9789533510293

Rights: US, CA, UK & EUR

Sandorf Passage (Apr 2021)

Not Yet Published. Estimated release date: April 2021
 

Overview

When Miroslav Krleža traveled through Russia for six months between the end of 1924 and the beginning of 1925, the celebrated Croatian writer was there to figure out what it all meant. The sprawling country was still coming to terms with the events of the 1917 revolution and reeling from Lenin’s death in January 1924. During this period of profound political and social transition, Krleža opened his senses to train stations, cities, and villages and collected wildly different Russian perspectives on their collective moment in history.Krleža’s impressionistic reportage of mass demonstrations and jubilant Orthodox Easter celebrations is informed by his preoccupation with the political, social, and psychological complexities of his environment. The result is a masterfully crafted modernist travelogue that resonates today as much as it did when first published in 1926.

Reviews

"Krlezais a shrewd observer of man as social animal, and his wry, sardonic style fits cleanly into the Eastern European tradition of bureaucratic satire by the likes of Kafka, Karel Capek and Jaroslav Hasek " --Publishers Weekly on On the Edge of Reason

"A great Croatian writer is seen at his most animated and unsparing in a venomous satire . . . on political aggrandizement and xenophobia. . . . Much worth reading as an introduction to an unjustly neglected European master." --Kirkus Reviews on The Banquet in Blitva

"The Croatian Miroslav Krleza is among the most neglected of the world's writers." --Antioch Review

Author Biography

Regarded as the most important twentieth-century Croatian author, Miroslav Krleža (1893-1981) wrote modernist poems, plays, novels, and essays that, in the words of Susan Sontag, protested "against the normality of delusion and cruelty," and earned him comparisons to Honore de Balzac, Emile Zola, and James Joyce. His novels The Return of Philip Latinowicz and On the Edge of Reason have both been translated into English. Dragana Obradovic is an Associate Professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Toronto. Will Firth was born in 1965 in Newcastle, Australia. He studied German and Slavic languages in Canberra, Zagreb, and Moscow. Since 1991 he has lived in Berlin, where he works as a translator of literature and the humanities—from Russian, Macedonian, and all variants of the "language with many names," aka Serbo-Croatian. In 2005–07 he translated for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Firth is a member of professional associations in Germany (VdÜ) and Britain (Translators Association).