Some say there are only three Russian writers that the Western reader is familiar with: Tolstoy, Dostoevsky and Chekhov. Meanwhile, the gold reserves of Russian literature include dozens of names. We are launching a series dedicated to famous Russian authors who remain largely unknown in the West. One such author from the 20th century is Mikhail Zoshchenko.
Having studied Russian at university, I felt I had to share my passion for Russian literature with British readers. At Hesperus Press I published many lesser-known works by major Russian writers such as Gogol, Pushkin, Dostoevsky, Bulgakov, Leskov and Tolstoy. Since launching Oneworld Classics and Alma Books in 2005, I have continued my original project on a more ambitious scale and have expanded it to include works by contemporary Russian authors.