The authors included in Rasskazy are part of the first generation of Russian writers who have spent their entire adult lives in post-Soviet circumstances and, for the past nine years, under the shadow of Putin's rule. These stories demonstrate the range of aesthetics and subject matter of this young generation. Among those presented in this anthology are winners and finalists for Russia’s most prestigious literary awards, and many of the included stories were published in distinguished journals and magazines. With a few exceptions they appear here in English for the first time.
The work in this anthology reminds us that Russia’s greatest commodity and its greatest contribution to the world has not been oil and gas and armaments. Rather, it’s been the successive generations of Russian writers capable of examining life in all its emotional and intellectual restlessness, in all its complexity and intensity.