Leonid Tsypkin

Leonid Tsypkin (1926–1982) was a pathologist, with a very strong interest in psychiatry, upholding the long tradition of doctors-turned-writers from Chekhov to Aksyonov. He was a devoted admirer of Dostoyevsky’s writings and a collector of Dostoyevsky memorabilia. He started writing prose in the late 1960s, and did not live to see one line of his fiction (unlike his many professional publications) in print. He had been twice denied permission to leave the Soviet Union with his family, and died of a heart attack in Moscow.

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The Bridge Over the Neroch & Other Works

by Leonid Tsypkin

Translated from the Russian by Jamey Gambrell

Leonid Tsypkin’s novel Summer in Baden-Baden was hailed as an undiscovered classic of 20th-century Russian literature. The Washington Post claimed it “a chronicle of fevered genius,” and The New York Review of Books described it as “gripping, mysterious and profoundly moving.” In her introduction, Susan Sontag said: “If you want from one book an experience of the depth and authority of Russian literature, read this book.” At long last, here are the remaining writings of Leonid Tsypkin: in the powerful novella Bridge Over the Neroch, the history of four generations of a Russian-Jewish family is seen through the lens of a doctor living in Moscow.…
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Summer in Baden-Baden

by Leonid Tsypkin

With a contribution by Susan Sontag

A lost masterpiece and one of the major achievements of Russian literature in the second half of the 20th century. Summer in Baden-Baden was acclaimed by The New York Review of Books as “a short poetic masterpiece” and by Donald Fanger in The Los Angeles Times as “gripping, mysterious and profoundly moving.” Its author, Leonid Tsypkin, never saw a single page of his literary work published during his lifetime. A complex, highly original novel, Summer in Baden-Baden has a double narrative.…
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The New York Times Book Review
A hundred years later, in his solitary underground in Brezhnev’s Moscow, Dostoevsky’s devoted reader, the good doctor Tsypkin, crafted his own small literary oeuvre of astonishing originality.
—Rachel Polonsky, The New York Review of Books
Masterful novellas … great tragic and artistic force.
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