What the Emperor Cannot Do: Tales and Legends of the Orient
Published by Glas New Russian Writing
These Oriental fables by Russian great Vlas Doroshevich are unexpected, exciting, colourful and tremendously readable.
Doroshevich could not stand tyranny in any form and used his tales to mock and accuse the rich and the powerful for their wickedness, hypocrisy and stupidity. The themes within will ring large with the anti-establishment and ‘Occupy’ movements of today. Doroshevich’s works were often banned during Tsarist times and then finally banned completely under the Bolsheviks.
This great Russian writer, a friend of Chekhov, is only now being resurrected from oblivion. This is the first English translation of his Tales.
Vlas Doroshevich (1864-1922) was a novelist, journalist, drama critic and short-story writer of world renown. During the 1880s he worked alongside the young Anton Chekhov. His best-known works are The Way of the Cross (2010), his 1915 account of the German invasion of Russia during the First World War, and Sakhalin: Russia’s Penal Colony in the Far East (2011).
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