Posted on 12/01/2021 at 02:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Russian author Yuri Felsen was once nicknamed the “Russian Proust” and ranked as highly in the literary world as Vladimir Nabokov. 

But very few readers nowadays have heard of him — perhaps unsurprising, given that he was arrested in France during World War II, with his papers and manuscripts disappearing after that, and then killed at Auschwitz.

Now, the Guardian reports, his work is coming into English for the first time.

Academic and translator Bryan Karetnyk discovered Felsen through literary criticism from the 1930s and decided to help pull the writer from obscurity.

His English translation of Deceit, Felsen’s debut novel, will come out in the UK in May 2022 (and hopefully also other English-language markets).

Head to the Guardian to see why Karetnyk believes Deceit will resonate some ninety-plus years after its original publication and what drew his publisher to the project.

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