Read Russia Prize 2015

The annual Read Russia Prize is awarded in New York each May for works of Russian literature in English translation. The ceremony will take place at the end of Book Expo America.

There are more than 20 nominees. The shortlist will be announced on May 20th.


Mikhail BulgakovDon QuixoteMargarita Marinova
Zakhar PrilepinSankyaMariya Gusev and Jeff Parker with Alina Ryabovolova
Leo TolstoyAnna KareninaRosamund Bartlett
Vladimir LorchenkovThe Good Life ElsewhereRoss Ufberg
Vladimir SharovBefore and DuringOliver Ready
Leo TolstoyAnna KareninaMarian Schwartz
Sergei LukyanenkoThe GenomeLiv Bliss
Fyodor DostoyevskyCrime and PunishmentOliver Ready
Alexander PushkinThe Captain’s DaughterRobert and Elizabeth Chandler
Vladimir KozlovUSSR: Diary of a Perestroika KidAndrea Gregovich
Fyodor TyutchevSelected PoemsJohn Dewey
Liudmila PetrushevskayaThere Once Lived a Mother Who Loved Her Children Until They Moved Back InAnna Summers
Sergei DovlatovPushkin HillsKatherine Dovlatov
Andrei BitovThe Symmetry TeacherPolly Gannon
Andrei GelasimovRachelMarian Schwartz
Nikolai GogolThe Night Before ChristmasAnna Summers
Lilianna LunginaWord for WordPolly Gannon and Ast A. Moore
Vladislav KhodasevichSelected PoemsPeter Daniels
Andrei Sen-SenkovAnatomical TheaterAinsley Morse and Peter Golub
Nikolai GogolThe InspectorRichard Nelson, Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky
Mikhail YeryominSelected Poems, 1959-2009J. Kates
Anna StarobinetsThe Icarus GlandJames Rann
Lev RubinsteinCompleat Catalogue of Comedic NoveltiesPhilip Metres and Tatiana Tulchinsky


The 2015 ceremony will be held on Friday, May 29, at the Grolier Club in New York.

Professor Gary Saul Morson, author, translator, and Frances Hooper Professor of the Arts and Humanities at Northwestern University, will help present the awards to the winning translators and publishers. Professor Morson, whose popular classes at Northwestern on Russian literature touch hundreds of students every year, also will present a special new lecture: "Because Everyone Needs a Little Russian Literature."

Read Russia, founded in 2012, is a initiative based in Moscow, New York, and London that celebrates Russian literature and culture. Through innovative programs, projects, and events supporting the English-language translation and publication of Russian works, Read Russia gives international audiences fresh opportunities to engage – in person, on screen, and online – with Russia’s literary leaders and heritage.

Find more information at the web-site.

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