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  • Published: 29 March 2022
  • ISBN: 9781784873080
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 656
  • RRP: $35.00

The Story of a Life

Volumes 1-3



A new remarkable new translation of one of Twentieth-Century Russia's most lauded lost classics

In 1943, the Soviet Union's most revered author, Konstantin Paustovsky, started out on his masterwork - The Story of a Life; a grand, sprawling memoir of a life lived on the fast-unfurling frontiers of Russian history. Originally published in 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 volumes of Paustovsky's epic for a whole new generation. Taking its reader from Paustovsky's Ukrainian childhood and youth, struggling with a family on the verge of collapse and first flourishes of creative ambition, to his experiences as a paramedic on Russia's frontlines, and then as a journalist aspiring to cover the country's many revolutions, TheStory of a Life not only offers the portrait of an artistic life like no other, but opens a window into the turmoil of one of modern history's most chaotic moments.

  • Published: 29 March 2022
  • ISBN: 9781784873080
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 656
  • RRP: $35.00

Praise for The Story of a Life

A work of astonishing beauty ... a masterpiece

Isaac Bashevis Singer

A literary masterpiece.... This is not the cracker-barrel blandness of some professional sage, as so often in America's ghost-written memoirs, but a wisdom of tragic insight and of hard-earned integrity

Saturday Review

An older man, a survivor, and a witness, Paustovsky writes against time, to tell the young what the past was like... His work is nothing like an elegy, nor is it as routine as a backward glance at the good or bad old days. It is, rather, a series of sketches, stories, novellas, in which vanished people (including the author's young self) are present again - as they once walked in a park, or smiled, or wept - and made anew in man's most endurable medium, language

New Yorker

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