My Favourite Books From: Pushkin Press

I don’t usually pay attention to what publishing house publishes what. (Because lazy.) However, a lot of interesting new fiction reaches me via blogs and yearly awards, so I want to make an attempt to: a) find out what else is out from the people who publish some of my favourite books and b) be more aware.

Thus in the spirit of this exploration I thought I would share some of my favourite books from various publishers and new books I think I will enjoy.

Now when I thought of this idea and decided to begin with Pushkin Press I thought, ‘oh, I’ve read loads of there’s, they’re great!’. Turns out I’ve read only two. Awkward. So I’ve split this post between the books I’ve read, and happened to have loved – and the ones I would like to read. I should probably give this a bit more thought next time, but at least this is a wonderful opportunity to explore their catalogue.

“Pushkin Press was founded in 1997, and publishes novels, essays, memoirs, children’s books—everything from timeless classics to the urgent and contemporary.

Our books represent exciting, high-quality writing from around the world.” Pushkin Press.

The ones I’ve read:
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  1. The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma
  2. In the Beginning Was the Sea by Tomás González, Frank Wynne (Translation)


And then the one’s I can’t wait to read:

  1. The Nutcracker and the Strange Child by E. T. A. Hoffmann
  2. Before the Feast by Saša Stanišic
  3. The Librarian by Mikhail Elizarov
  4. The Silence and The Roar by Nihad Sirees


What’s your favourite Pushkin book?


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Alice, what a great idea to look at books, publisher by publisher, and Pushkin are a tremendous one to start with! I highly recommend Stefan Zweig, especially Beware of Pity. Teffi short stories and Gazdanov also top notch. Enjoy all these treasures!


Before the Feast is fab, very strange and rather sweet. Excellent reading fodder for this time of year, IMO!


I can also recommend Song for an Approaching Storm – very interesting.


I’m really keen to read The Fishermen & The Librarian as well! One of the best Pushkin titles I read recently was Stammered Songbook by Erwin Mortier. It’s a really beautiful memoir where the author writes about his mother’s struggle with dementia, but it’s done in such an original and poetic way.


@nomoreparades @PushkinPress Pushkin do publish such a fantastically diverse range of titles!


@nomoreparades Wow, how lovely! Thanks for featuring us Alice, we’re very honoured to be the first.


RT @nomoreparades: My favourite books from @PushkinPress (and some I can’t wait to read)


@nomoreparades @PushkinPress I recommend Stefan Zweig. I’ve reviewed two on my blog:


The Pushkin Press list is full of temptation! I haven’t read either of the two you’ve highlighted here, but they do sound interesting. As for my own favourites, I can recommend Madame de___ by Louise de Vilmorin (a wonderful story centred on a pair of earrings) and Subtly Worded by Teffi (a fascinating collection of short stories). If they’re of any interest, you can find reviews over at my blog.


I was just looking at the books here not very long ago. There are a lot that I’d like to read. I was also noticing how nice the cover art is. :)


“The Librarian” is amazing – I can’t recommend it enough. Stunning book! :)