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

All the remaining scattered gems by the great Russian-Jewish author of Summer in Baden-Baden

The Bridge Over the Neroch & Other Works

Fiction 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. In Norartakir, a husband and wife on vacation in Armenia bask in the view of Mt. Ararat and the ancient history of the land, until they are unceremoniously kicked out of their hotel and returned to Soviet reality. The remaining stories offer knowing windows into Soviet urban life. As the translator Jamey Gambrell says in her preface: “For Tsypkin’s narrator, history is a tightrope to be walked every minute of every day, in both his internal and external world.”

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Paperback (published March 27, 2013)

ISBN
9780811216616
Price US
16.95
Price CN
18
Page Count
352

Leonid Tsypkin

20th Century Russian writer

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.
Literlab
Extraordinary…Tsypkin turns out to have been a magnificent writer.
—Jonathan Rosen, The New York Times
Winding, twisting, poetic sentences of almost unsurpassable beauty…wove out of often far from beautiful material. They compose a small body of work that stands with the very best of world literature.
Asymptote
There is no prose quite like Tsypkin’s. Inside his dependent clauses, nested in his parentheses, the past is preserved, intact, contemporary with the present. The effect is vertiginous and profoundly moving.
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