Book ‘The Story of a Life’ by Konstantin Paustovsky

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Discover one of Twentieth-Century Russia’s most lauded lost classics, now in a remarakble new translation. ‘Outstanding… A sparkling, supremely precious literary achievement’ Telegraph. ‘One of the great Russian autobiographies, as fresh now as the day it was written – and the day it was lived’ Julian Barnes. In 1943, Konstantin Paustovsky, the Soviet Union’s most revered author, started out on his masterwork – The Story of a Life; a grand, novelistic memoir of a life lived on the fast-unfurling frontiers of Russian history. Eventually published over six volumes, it would cement Paustovsky’s reputation as the voice of Russia around the world, and see him nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature. Newly translated by Guggenheim fellow Douglas Smith, Vintage Classics are proud to reintroduce the first three books of Paustovsky’s epic for a whole new generation. Taking its reader from Paustovsky’s Ukrainian youth…

Publisher: Vintage Classics (20 Jan. 2022); Pages: ‎816 pages; ISBN-10: 178487308X; ISBN-13: 978-1784873080; ASIN: B09B9FQ9YM

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Author’s biography: Konstantin Georgiyevich Paustovsky, (born May 31 [May 19, Old Style], 1892, Moscow, Russia — died July 14, 1968, Moscow), Soviet fiction writer best known for his short stories, which carried the pre-Revolutionary romantic tradition into the Soviet period. A descendant of Ukrainian Cossacks, Paustovsky attended school in Kiev, St. Petersburg, and Odessa. Before he began to write, he worked at various jobs; he also traveled a good deal, both in the Soviet Union and abroad.

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