Zhadan’s How Fire Descends tops NYT literary recommendations

The New York Times recommended Serhiy Zhadan's book
The New York Times recommended Serhiy Zhadan's book

How Fire Descends: New and Selected Poems, by Ukrainian poet and novelist Serhiy Zhadan, translated by Virlana Tkacz and Wanda Phipps, leads The New York Times newly published literature recommendation list.

The poems were written between 2016 and 2022 and commemorate the plight of Zhadan’s fellow Ukrainians in the face of Russian imperialism. He mourns their deaths, “limited / by the silence that comes with it.”

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The book was published by Yale University Press on Oct. 3.

The list includes eight books in total, two of which are dedicated to Russians and Russia.

The Dissident: Alexey Navalny: Profile of a Political Prisoner, by David Herszenhorn. The Washington Post’s Russia and Eastern Europe editor presents a “news driven” biography of Russia’s most prominent opposition political leader, covering his explosive anti-corruption investigations, the 2020 assassination attempt, and more.

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The Wizard of The Kremlin, by Giuliano Da Empoli. Translated by Willard Wood. Vadim Baranov, fictional Putin adviser, rose to great heights as the Kremlin’s spin doctor before resigning. Structured as a confessional, the novel probes the corrupting nature of power.

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