Teffi Who?

My editorial position at the Los Angeles Review of Books gives me the chance to publish excellent writing about excellent writing, and today it is a special honor to feature Maria Bloshteyn’s sparkling review of two volumes by Teffi (née Nadezhda Lokhvitskaya, 1872-1952), one of Russia’s finest writers, brilliantly translated by Robert and Elizabeth Chandler, Anne Marie Jackson, Rose France, and Irina Sternberg:


Thanks largely to Robert Chandler’s efforts, this modern master has finally found a voice in English and is now getting her due.  For a taste of Teffi, proceed to The New Yorker and Flavorwire:

http://tinyurl.com/oyq34s4 (“Stepping Across the Ice: Teffi (1872-1952)” — an excerpt from Memories, introduced by Robert Chandler)

http://tinyurl.com/h3lfsuh  (Teffi on her pseudonym in Flavorwire, introduced by Jonathon Sturgeon)

And here are some other appreciative and insightful reviews, as well as two wonderful BBC broadcasts:

http://tinyurl.com/z3uhlvb (Michael Robbins in The Chicago Tribune)
http://tinyurl.com/jcvp9q9 (Claire Kohda Hazelton in The Guardian)
http://tinyurl.com/hsup7ku (Rachel Cooke in The Guardian)
http://tinyurl.com/h98qjg4 (Sophie Pinkham in The New Yorker)
http://tinyurl.com/z3mhy9t (Erica Wagner in the New Statesman)
http://tinyurl.com/zj2zmg4 (Masha Gessen in The New York Times)
http://tinyurl.com/h3mnj4r / http://tinyurl.com/jg5952r (Catherine Brown in The Literary Review)
http://tinyurl.com/hkxrwyz (Virginia Rounding in Financial Times)
http://tinyurl.com/zob74vu (William Boyd in The Sunday Times)
http://tinyurl.com/jgmh47u (Christine Smallwood in Harper’s Magazine)
http://tinyurl.com/hfxdx6x (Masha Karp in The World Today [Chatham House])
http://tinyurl.com/zdcbysw (Lucy Scholes in The National)
http://tinyurl.com/hgkk5gl (Lucy Scholes for the BBC)
http://tinyurl.com/jr39vtt (Hans Rollman in PopMatters)
http://tinyurl.com/j398zrv (Trevor Berrett in The Mookse and the Gripes)
http://tinyurl.com/hfkoya6 / http://tinyurl.com/zan48n7 (Kaggsy’s Bookish Ramblings, parts 1 and 2)
http://tinyurl.com/zhhjvve / http://tinyurl.com/hojsvuu (Shoshi’s Book Blog, parts 1 and 2)
http://tinyurl.com/jnhhqcy (The Bookbinder’s Daughter)
http://tinyurl.com/zn65zzr (A Bookish Type)
http://tinyurl.com/jpapoa2 (His Futile Preoccupations)
http://tinyurl.com/hpzygeo (BBC Radio 4 — Open Book with Charlotte Hobson)
http://tinyurl.com/zj3nlm9 (BBC Radio 4 — Book of the Week reading of Memories by Tracy-Ann Oberman)

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