Klotsvog is a novel about being Jewish in the Soviet Union and the historical trauma of World War II—and it’s a novel about the petty dramas and demons of one wonderfully vain woman. Maya Abramovna Klotsvog has had quite a life, and she wants you to know all about it.
Margarita Khemlin (1960–2015) was born in Chernigov, Ukraine, and lived in Moscow. Her works were shortlisted for the Russian Booker Prize and the Big Book Prize. Her books include
The Investigator (2015).
Lisa Hayden has translated works from Russian including Eugene Vodolazkin’s
Solovyov and Larionov, and
Laurus. She blogs at Lizok’s Bookshelf, focusing on contemporary Russian fiction.
Brian Horowitz, Tulane University:
Truly a masterpiece of Russian fiction.