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"Maidenhair" is composed of three main storylines: an interpreter listening to the stories of refugees, the letters he sends to his son, and the diaries of a Russian opera singer in the early 1900s. An instant classic of Russian literature, it was a finalist for the Best Translated Book Award.
About the Author
Mikhail Shishkin is one of Russia's most prominent and respected contemporary writers. When "Maidenhair" was published in 2005, it was awarded both the National Bestseller Prize and the Big Book Prize.
Marian Schwartz is a prize-winning translator of Russian. The winner of a Translation Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Heldt Translation Prize, Schwartz has translated classic literary works by Nina Berberova, Yuri Olesha, and Mikhail Bulgakov.