I review new books from Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia for Lossi 36.


Coming soon! Say Thank You by Mikhail Aizenberg, translated from Russian by J. Kates

Zephyr Press, 2007
Coming soon! Night Truck Driver by Marcin Świetlicki, translated from Polish by Elżbieta Wójcik-Leese

Zephyr Press, 2020
Breathing Technique by Marija Knežević, translated from the Serbian by Sibelan Forrester

Zephyr Press, 2020
For the Shrew by Anna Glazova, translated from Russian by Alex Niemi

Zephyr Press, 2022
Tideline by Krystyna Dąbrowska, translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones, Mira Rosenthal, Karen Kovacik

Zephyr Press, 2022
Paper-thin Skin by Aigerim Tazhi, translated from the Russian by J. Kates

Zephyr Press, 2019
To the Ashes by Anzhelina Polonskaya, translated from the Russian by Andrew Wachtel

Zephyr Press, 2019
Life in Space by Galina Rymbu (pdf)

After Hours Editions, 2020


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A Modern History of Russian Childhood: From the Late Imperial Period to the Collapse of the Soviet Union by Elizabeth White

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020
Dissident Histories in the Soviet Union: From De-Stalinization to Perestroika by Barbara Martin (pdf)

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020
Criminal Subculture in the Gulag: Prisoner Society in the Stalinist Labour Camps by Mark Vincent (pdf)

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020
Music, City and the Roma Under Communism by Anna G. Piotrowska (pdf)

Bloomsbury Academic, 2022
Russia in World History: A Transnational Approach by Choi Chatterjee (pdf)

Bloomsbury Academic, 2022
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Stalin’s Ninos: Educating Spanish Civil War Refugee Children in the Soviet Union, 1937-1951 by Karl D. Qualls (pdf)

University of Toronto Press, 2020
Russia and Central Asia: Coexistence, Conquest, Convergence by Shoshana Keller (pdf)

University of Toronto Press, 2020
Conspiracy Culture: Post-Soviet Paranoia and the Russian Imagination by Keith Livers (pdf)

University of Toronto Press, 2020
The Rise of the Modern Yiddish Theatre by Alyssa Quint (pdf)

Indiana University Press, 2020
Mixed Messages:
Mediating Native Belonging in Asian Russia
by Kathryn E. Graber (pdf)

Cornell University Press, 2020


Wild Honey & Rye by Ren Behan (pdf)

Interlink, 2017
Wrapped: Crepes, Wraps, and Rolls from Around the World by Gaitri Pagrach-Chandra (pdf)

Interlink, 2015
100 Best Jewish Recipes by Evelyn and Judi Rose (pdf)

Interlink, 2015
Rebellious Cooks and Recipe Writing in Communist Bulgaria by Albena Shkodrova (pdf)

Bloomsbury Academic, 2021
The Official Kremlin Cookbook by Chloe Tucker (pdf)

Amazon, 2021
Beyond the North Wind: Russia in Recipes and Lore by Darra Goldstein (pdf)

Penguin Random House, 2020
The Jewish Cookbook by Leah Koenig (pdf)

Phaidon Press, 2019
T-Bone Wacks and Caviar Snacks by Sharon Hudgins (pdf)

University of North Texas Press, 2018

Haymarket Books

Varieties of Post-communist Capitalism by Iván Szelényi and Peter Mihalyi (pdf)

Haymarket Books, 2019
Indefensible: Democracy, Counterrevolution, and the Rhetoric of Anti-Imperialism by Rohini Hensman (pdf)

Haymarket Books, 2018
Revolutions by Michael Lowy (pdf)

Haymarket Books, 2020
The Women’s Revolution: Russia 1905–1917 by Judy Cox (pdf)

Haymarket Books, 2019


Poland 1939: The Outbreak of World War II by Roger Moorhouse (pdf)

Basic Books, 2020
Pandemic! Covid-19 Shakes the World by Slavoj Žižek (pdf)

Polity, 2020
The Dark Double: US Media, Russia, and the Politics of Values by Andrei P. Tysgankov (pdf)

Oxford University Press, 2019
Absolute Zero by Artem Chekh (pdf)

Glagoslav Publications, 2020
The Great Nijinsky: God of Dance by Lynn Curlee (pdf)

Penguin Random House, 2019


The Pear Field by Nana Ekvtimishvili (pdf)

Peirene Press, 2019
My Heart by Semezdin Mehmedinović (pdf)

Catapult, 2021