- With an introduction by Marcel Theroux.
- Shortlisted for the French Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger 2012.
- Pavlov’s writing is firmly in the tradition of great Russian novelists such as Dostoyevsky and Solzhenitsyn.
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- Read an interview with Oleg Pavlov in Calvert Journal: ‘Man of letters: Oleg Pavlov is leading a literary renaissance. Don’t ask him to be happy about it’.
‘Pavlov imbues his world with a very particular flavour: the mixture of tragedy, absurdity and black comedy that runs in the veins of Russian literature as far back as the work of Nikolai Gogol … Pavlov fashions a disquieting and comic elegy.’
Times Literary Supplement
‘Captain of the Steppe combines a traditional Russian faith in the humanising power of literature with a boisterous energy and imagination. Pavlov wrote two further army novels which, along with Captain of the Steppe, have become known as the Tales of the Last Days trilogy, and we can be grateful that both are due for publication by And Other Stories.’
‘A comedy as dark and bitter as ersatz coffee.’
‘Pavlov skillfully navigates the razor-thin gap between dark comedy and tragedy’