Written over the course of Leskov’s career, each story in The Enchanted Wanderer elucidates the very essence of the human condition; themes of love, despair, loneliness, and revenge are explored against the backdrop of nineteenth-century working-class Russia. Leskov deftly layers social satire and subtle criticism atop myth and fable, resulting in a richly entertaining collection.
David Magarshack’s translations include works by Turgenev, Chekhov, Gorky, and Pushkin. His translation of The Best Short Stories of Fyodor Dostoevsky is available as a Modern Library Paperback Classic.
V. S. Pritchett (1900–1996) was a prolific English writer, essayist, critic, novelist, and journalist.
“Nikolai Leskov is one of the greatest and most popular of the wonderful group of Russian storytellers who flourished in the nineteenth century.”—The New York Times Book Review