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Andromeda Nebula

Ivan Yefremov (1908 – 1972) was a Soviet writer and paleontologist. In addition to introducing a new paleontological field taphonomy – the study of fossilization patterns, Yefremov has written a series of novels and short stories, including science fiction, historic fiction, adventure and drama.

Yefremov is frequently ridiculed for his enthusiasm and faith in the viability of a communist society, as described in his best known science fiction novel Andromeda Nebula. What is frequently overlooked is Yefremov's tremendous knowledge of history and profound understanding of psychology. His future society, while highly evolved, is not impervious to mistakes. His future humanity, having learned and discovered much, is not pausing to rest on its laurels - it continues to learn and explore.

It is not widely known that his more mature works, such as Hour of the Bull and Razor Blade, had the writer blacklisted by the Soviet government, as Yefremov's interpretation of a fair and balanced society deviated sharply from the government propaganda of the time.

To Yefremov's fans he is known for his thorough scientific analysis, study of art and history, emphasis on physical and intellectual balance and strong female characters.

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Ariel

Ariel does not know who he is, where he is from, or what is his purpose in life. The chance to get the answers comes in the form of a strange experiment, in which Ariel receives the ability to fly.

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Condemnation of Paganini

One never knows where genius comes from. Follow one of the greatest musicians and composers in history from the slums of Genoa to the grandest concert halls and palaces of Europe, through poverty, war, revolution, love, parenthood, and loss. An incredible life set against the backdrop of tumultuous Europe in late 18th - early 19th centuries.

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Count Cagliostro

When a young man goes from the demands and rigors of the army to a luxurious and serene country living, his mind is bound to wander where it should not. Such is the fate of Alexei Alexeyevich Fedyashev, who becomes so absorbed in his newfound idleness that he falls in love with an old portrait.

When the famous conjurer and medium Count Cagliostro accidentally ends up at Fedyashev's escape, the young man begs him to bring his dream to reality. "Be careful what you wish for," is the lesson young Alexei has yet to learn - and how!

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Diamond is Fragile

"The novels about precious stones tell about the nature, structure and search of the gems, as well as their history. Some of them are dedicated to the Russian gems, specifically to the Ural and Ukrainian emeralds, topazes and decorative stones. The thrilling storylines of the novels are interwoven with folk legends, myths and fairy tales." - Rustem Valayev, author

"Diamond is Fragile was one of my favorite books from my late grandfather's library. Much to my surprise (and dismay) it was only published once in the former Soviet Union approximately 50 years ago and (to the best of my knowledge) has never been published abroad.

I was inspired to translate Diamond is Fragile into English by my father-in-law - Thom Seymour, Sr. - due to his passion for geology and history (topics amply covered in the book). I hope that other English-speaking readers who are interested in these disciplines will enjoy it as well." - Maria K., translator

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Don't Leave

Strange things start happening in the kingdom of Abidon, when two traveling actors rescue a prince, when a mute poet and a serving maid open an old chest full of puppets, and when a very unusual - and seemingly dead - flower suddenly comes to life.

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Everyday Magic

From Egypt to a Russian village to the mountains of Eastern Europe and back - one of the old-fashioned gentlemen of Russian Literature Nikolai Leskov takes his readers on a journey of spirit, mind, and imagination.

This anthology includes the following works:
  • Alexendrite
  • Hermit Gerasim's Lion
  • Spirit of Madam Genlis
  • Beautiful Aza
  • Levsha
  • White Eagle
  • The Mountain
  • Pearl Necklace
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Faces of Hardship

Faces of Hardship is an anthology of short stories and novellas by Ukrainian writer, translator, and political activist Ivan Franko, showing the unpopular, uncomfortable, and unattractive sides of life in late 19th - early 20th century Ukraine and Russia in vivid color.

This anthology includes the following works:
  • Your Own Fault
  • At the Bottom
  • The Story of a Coat
  • Two Buddies
  • To the Light
  • Woods and Pastures
  • Little Myron
  • Stone Mason
  • Lesikha's Family
  • Gryts' at School
  • Good Wages
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Imaginings of Years Past

His own ancestry and life very nearly the stuff of novels, it is no wonder Russian writer, philosopher, musical scholar, and politician Vladimir Odoyevsky had left behind an endlessly varied, fascinating, and captivating body of work. Imaginings of Years Past gives readers a taste of the strange and wonderful literary legacy left behind by this strange and wonderful man.

This anthology includes the following works:
  • Opere del Cavaliere Giambattista Paranesi
  • A City without a Name
  • TTwo Days in the Life of the Globe
  • Cosmorama
  • The Sylph
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Life as it Happens

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860 – 1904) was a Russian playwright, writer, and doctor. Known best for his plays, he had also written a great multitude of short stories for and about people of all ages and all walks of life."Life as it happens" is a selection of just such stories and novellas. From sad to ridiculous, to dramatic, to funny, by way of tragic or bitter-sweet - there is something here for everyone.

This anthology includes the following works:

  • The Order of Anna
  • Feminine Happiness
  • The Lady With the Little Dog
  • Chameleon
  • Birthday
  • Two Scandals
  • Sweetheart
  • The Duel
  • Living Merchandize
  • Princess
  • Beauties
  • Maria Ivanovna
  • The Bet
  • The Kiss
  • The Student
  • Forgot!
  • The Mask
  • Proposal
  • A Joke
  • A Man in a Case
  • Boys
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Light, Laugh, and Human Folly

Light, Laugh, and Human Folly
is a collection of novellas centered around anti-heroes living in a society that makes a straight road to success impossible. Alexander Belyaev’s reality-set stories with a touch of science fiction are chillingly close to home. They present the reader with scenarios that are very plausible and easy to imagine witnessing in today’s world. Instead of introducing a traditional hero, who comes and saves the world, Belyaev centers his narrative around individuals who are not only far from heroic but are decidedly unlikable at times.

This anthology includes the following works:
  • Invisible Light
  • Mister Laugh
  • Doomsday
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Moonlit Tales of the Macabre - Five Haunted Tales from Russia

When someone says “horror classics”, we usually think “Mary Shelley” and “Bram Stoker”. Russian writers hardly ever come to mind. The Russians are known for history and drama, but not necessarily for suspense, paranormal and ghost stories. The following collection is proof that such pieces do, in fact, exist in Russian literature.

Unattainable wealth, unrequited love, unlimited power, a world found and lost, a walk along the boundary between dream and reality... All this and more is offered to you by the creative team behind Moonlit Tales of the Macabre. We are proud to bring you this collection of classics and hope it serves as a new portal into the fascinating and largely unexplored world of Russian literature.

This anthology includes the following works:
  • The Queen of Spades by A. Pushkin
  • Count Cagliostro by A. Tolstoy
  • The Star of Solomon by A. Kuprin
  • Moonlight by A. Grin
  • May Night or the Drowned Maiden by N. Gogol
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Moonlit Tales of the Macabre - Volume Two

We, all of us, are hard-wired to fear the unknown, and what is more unknown than death, or rather, what happens after death? While each of the world’s philosophies has its own interpretation of the subject, there is really no telling for certain. In the six stories that follow, the authors not only consider death as such, but also whether there are things worse than death.

This anthology includes the following works:
  • The Wooden Guest or a Tale About a Doll That Came to Life And Monsieur Nodder by V. Odoyevsky
  • The Sinner from Toledo by A. Chekhov
  • The Eve of Ivan Kupala by N. Gogol
  • The Silver Wolf by A. Kuprin
  • The Chickadee by A. Tolstoy
  • An Incident in the Apartment of Madam Cerise by A. Grin
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Moonlit Tales of the Macabre - Volume Three

The first two volumes of Moonlit Tales of the Macabre dealt with human behavior when thrown in strange circumstances or when in contact with odd objects and creatures, as well as with questions of life, death, and everything that lies between.

This new installment is dedicated to strange places – mansions, castles, cellars, and towers. You never know what might be hiding within the walls of a perfectly ordinary mental institution, or what you might find if you venture out to investigate a strange light in the window of an old fortress. Enter with care, as we present Moonlit Tales of the Macabre – Volume Three.

This anthology includes the following works:
  • Magical Mischief by A. Grin
  • The Witches' Castle by A. Belyaev
  • Kharitonov's Gold by by A. Tolstoy
  • A Mysterious Incident at the Mental Institution by N. Leskov
  • Terrible Revenge by N. Gogol
  • The Ghost of the Engineering Castle by N. Leskov
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Moonlit Tales of the Macabre - Volume Four

"Never talk to strangers," says Mikhail Bulgakov in the opening chapter of The Master and Margarita. "Never talk to strange women," we say in the latest installment of Moonlit Tales of the Macabre, "especially if what they offer appears to be entirely outside of the realm of reality or sanity."

Enjoy this new collection of strange and terrifying tales by Russian and Ukrainian authors, as they take you into the world of dark sorcery and mind-bending magic.

This anthology includes the following works:
  • Viy by N. Gogol
  • The Gray Automobile by A. Grin
  • The Sylph by V. Odoyevsky
  • The Mistress of the Copper Mountain by P. Bazhov
  • The Malachite Box by P. Bazhov
  • Ghosts by I. Turgenev
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Of Men and Women

Of Men And Women
is an anthology of short stories by the great Russian writer Alexander Kuprin focusing on various types of relationships between the two genders. Traditional marriages, friendships, obsessions, submissions, and much more - brought to life through the exquisite writing of a true literary master.

This anthology includes the following works:
  • The Lilac Bush
  • The Toy
  • At the Station
  • Forgotten Kiss
  • The Petitioner
  • A Terrible Moment
  • Sacred Love
  • The Night Orchid
  • Lenochka
  • Untitled
  • Legend
  • Marianne
  • Sea Sickness
  • The Telegrapher
  • Inna
  • Natalia Davidovna
  • Violets

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Poems You Have Never Met

As I make my way through various on-line and brick-and-mortar book stores, I am increasingly convinced that Russian literature is woefully under-represented. One can always find War and Peace or Crime and Punishment, but to think that is all there is to it?!

In all fairness, it would take a separate store chain or a huge server bank to accommodate all the works that would provide a reasonably comprehensive picture of Russian literature. However, I can't help feeling disheartened when seeing, how much precious shelf space is dedicated to the mediocre romance novels and how little - to the works by Alexander Pushkin, Mikhail Lermontov, Anton Chekhov, Ivan Turgenev and Fyodor Tyutchev, to say nothing of Nikolai Gogol, Sergei Yesenin, Anna Akhmatova, Marina Tsvetayeva, Igor Severyanin, Alexander Blok, Alexei Tolstoy (yes, there was more than one famous Tolstoy in Russian literature) and many others. There is an entire population of poems and stories you have in all likelihood never met.

This collection includes the following works:
  • To Kachalov's Dog by S. Yesenin
  • The Last Love by F. Tutchev
  • Love, Deceit, and a Sorcerer by E. Asadov
  • Untitled by G. Polonski
  • Don't Leave by G. Polonski
  • Untitled by A. Akhmatova
  • The Gray-eyed King by A. Akhmatova
  • To Grandmother by M. Tsvetayeva
  • Untitled by B. Pasternack
  • Verses Composed on the Way to Peterhoff Where I Went in 1761 to Request Approval for the Academy Petition, Having Been There Many Tims Prior for the Same by M. Lomonosov
  • Untitled by A. Pushkin
  • Poet's Death by M. Lermontov
  • I Had a Dream Today... by A. Dementyev
  • The Peak by V. Vysotsky
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Ruler of the World

Great historic rulers attempted to take over the world with superior armies and weapons. Ludwig Shtirner decided not to follow in their footsteps. Instead, he set out to take over the world using nothing more than the power of his mind.

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Russian Collection for Kids - Volume One

Come in and sample an entirely different sort of fairy tale – coming to you from a far-away land and written by authors you have never heard of.

This anthology includes the following works:
  • Black Hen or the Underground Dwellers by A. Pogorelsky
  • Frost Ivanovich by V. Odoyevsky
  • The Music Box City by V. Odoyevsky
  • The Fire Dancer by P. Bazhov
  • The Unspendable Rouble by N. Leskov
  • The Scarlet Flower by S. Aksakov
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Russian Collection for Kids - Volume Two

The first installment of the Russian Collection for Kids series included stories of strange creatures (a talking hen, anyone?) and fascinating journeys through unlikely places (like a music box). Volume two invites its young readers to visit with all sorts of animals and to explore different professions.

This anthology includes the following works:
  • About Elephants by B. Zhitkov
  • About the Monkey by B. Zhitkov
  • Pudya by B. Zhitkov
  • Miracle Doctor by A. Kuprin
  • The Elephant by A. Kuprin
  • Ju-Ju by A. Kuprin
  • The Carpenter by V. Odoyevsky
  • Chestnut by A. Chekhov
  • The Blue Snake by P. Bazhov
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Not Quite Russian Collection for Kids - Volume Three

The first installment of Russian Collection for Kids dealt with odd places and creatures. Volume two went all around the world exploring the various professions and lives of fascinating animals. Most of all, both volumes comprised the works of Russian authors.

In volume three, we look beyond the borders of Russia. This collection includes fifteen folk tales – one from each of the former Soviet Republics, each with its own unique traditions and storytelling style.

This anthology includes the following works:
  • The Witch And the Sun's Sister, Russia
  • Ivan And the Wonder Book, Ukraine
  • The Golden Apple Tree, Belarus
  • Daphin and Vestra, Moldova
  • The Forbidden Knot, Estonia
  • How a Shepherd Boy Became a King, Latvia
  • Seven Ravens, Lithuania
  • Itygil, Kazakhstan
  • Three Swans With Black Wings, Kyrgyzstan
  • A Warrior And the Simurg Bird, Tajikistan
  • A Dream for Sale, Turkmenistan
  • Adopted Brother, Uzbekistan
  • A Poor Man And Three Pomegranates, Georgia
  • A Gold-Haired Maiden, Armenia
  • A Tale of a Wise Woman, Azerbaizhan
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Russian Collection for Kids - Volume Four

The fourth installment of "Russian Collection for Kids" features stories that begin in everyday life and end in magic. Their main characters are children - boys and girls thrown into tough circumstances and having to test the limits of their courage and ingenuity to solve problems without grownup help.

This anthology includes the following works:
  • Toys by Alexander Grin
  • Blizzard by Boris Zhitkov
  • Sashka and Yashka by Alexander Kuprin
  • Boys by Anton Chekhov
  • The Sun's Pantry by Mikhail Prishvin
  • A Father and His Little Daughter at New Year's Eve by Alexander Grin
  • The Steel Ring by Konstantin Paustovsky
  • The Squall by Boris Zhitkov
  • Silver Hoof by Pavel Bazhov
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Sulamyth

Come away to Ancient Jerusalem in the time of King Solomon - a city of great splendor and great squalor, of many gods and goddesses, of paupers and kings. Behold the beating heart of the Middle East, whose economic and political affairs reach far and wide and impact lands hundreds of miles away.

Barbarism and wisdom. Lust and love. The most senseless violence and the most exquisite wisdom. Joined together in Alexander Kuprin's brilliant Sulamyth translated by Maria K. The Song of Songs retold in a way you have never seen before.

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Taking Flight Duo

Two writers, two styles, two approaches to one subject. What if a human being could fly?

Join the two lions of Russian/Soviet science fiction and fantasy – Alexander Belyaev and Alexander Grin, as they explore the possibility of a flying man from their unique viewpoints.

This book includes the following wokrs:
  • Ariel by A. Belyaev
  • The Glittering World by A. Grin

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Tales of Madness

How many ways are there for driving someone mad? You could take him out of his time and propel him into another era. You could pluck him from his home and drop them in the middle of primitive jungle.You could pull him off the surface of the Earth altogether.

Welcome to the Tales of Madness - a collection of three novellas by Alexander Belyaev bound to make you ponder the variety of ways, in which one might lose his mind.

This anthology includes the following works: 
  • Neither Life Nor Death
  • The Death's Head Moth
  • Over the Abyss
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Tales of Transformation

Tales of Transformation
is a set of two novels by Alexander Belyaev, taking a very unconventional approach to explore how our physical appearance and abilities impact our lives.

This anthology includes the following works:
  • A Man Who Found His Face
  • The Amphibian Man
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Terra Phantasticum

Explore the nooks and crannies of the mysterious land created by Alexander Grin and overlayed seamlessly with our own - Grinlandia. Enjoy the journey down the paths of the sacred and the profane, the strange and the frightening, the hideous and the dazzling as you enter Terra Phantasticum.

This anthology includes the following works:
  • Adventure Seeker
  • The Kam-Bu Bird
  • The Golden Pond
  • Honse's Estate
  • A Path in the Woods
  • Nightmare
  • The Siurg Tribe
  • Glenau's Nanny
  • The Devil of the Orange Waters
  • Elda and Angothea
  • The Vanished Sun
  • August Esborn's Marriage
  • The White Fire
  • Pierre and Surinay
  • The Making of Asper
  • The Legend of Ferguson
  • Sorcerer's Apprentice
  • Daniel Horton's Weakness
  • Mistletoe
  • The Power of Incomprehensible
  • The Blue Telluri Cascade
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Thais of Athens

The beautiful hetaera Thais was a real woman who inspired poets, artists and sculptors in Athens, Memphis, Alexandria, Babylon and Ecbatana. She traveled with Alexander the Great's army during his Persian campaign and was the only woman to enter the capitol of Persia - Persepolis.

Love, beauty, philosophy, war, religion - all that and more in a historic masterpiece by Ivan Yefremov.

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The Air Merchant

Imagine if one man devised a way to gain control of one vital resource no one can live without. What would you do then?

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The Amphibian Man

A mysterious creature haunts the fishermen and pearl divers of the La Plata Bay. The superstitious local villagers call him the Sea Devil. When a pearl merchant decides to capture the strange being against all odds, the truth turns out to be far more tragic and complex than anyone had ever imagined.

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The Garnet Bracelet, Other Stories and Novellas

…From Ancient Jerusalem to a Russian sea resort, from a royal palace to a traveling circus by way of a bullfight .

Join the Russian writer, pilot and explorer Alexander Kuprin on a fascinating journey to a multitude of places in space and time.

This anthology includes the following works:
  • The Garnet Bracelet
  • Sapsan
  • The Star of Solomon
  • The Blue Star
  • Crimson Blood
  • Ju-Ju
  • Sulamyth
  • The Daughter of the Great Barnum
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The Glittering World

There are people comfortably settled into their lives. There are people confident in what they know. There are people who are safe within their well-defined world.

Just when they think they have the universe figured out, along comes Drood and changes everything overnight.

Join the great Russian dreamer Alexander Grin, as he explores the question - what would happen if a human being could fly.

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The Golden Chain

Sandy Pruel - a sixteen-year old ship boy serving on a third-grade cargo vessel - receives an unexpected visit from two strangers that approach him with an unusual offer. What begins as a daring prank, develops into a dazzling kaleidoscope of adventure, intrigue, unimaginable riches and romance.

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The Head of Professor Dowell

Marie Lauran is a young medical school graduate desperately looking for a job. Just as her savings are about to run out, she lands an assistant position with the famous surgeon, Professor Kern. The terms of her contract are somewhat strange, but the pay is spectacular, and Marie is the sole breadwinner in her household.

When she takes the job and steps through the door of Professor Kern's laboratory, Marie enters a nightmare world she realizes she cannot escape. Instead of a promising medical career, she ends up in the middle of a fight for her life and sanity, where she can trust no one and where everything she believed in is put into question.

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The Last Man From Atlantis

What begins with a bored millionaire looking for a new hobby, develops into a great international project, uncovering lives, mysteries, and tragedies of a long lost civilization.

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The Pit

Alexander Kuprin prefaced his novel The Pit about the lives of early 20th century Russian prostitutes as follows, "I know many people will find this novel amoral and inappropriate, but nevertheless I dedicated it from the bottom of my heart to mothers and young people."

Indeed, the novel's publication was followed by an explosion of outrage. The "good" society accused Kuprin of slander and forever exiled him from its sitting rooms, charity auctions, and holiday balls. Progressive intellecutals winced and shuddered, but could not help admitting Kuprin had a point. As with the works of Marquis de Sade and George Sand, parents hid copies of the book from their children. But those who wanted to read the book found the way. Whether hated or admired, forbidden or applauded - one thing was certain: Kuprin's beautifully written, brutally realistic, vivid, and poignant novel left no one indifferent.

Gender inequality and sex trade are still alive today, in our world of supersonic speeds and instant information exchange, hidden behind the latest and greatest political, social, and technological innovation. Strip away the details of the era, and Kuprin's novel suddenly becomes very modern and topical, filled with archetypes that still exist today, and thought-provoking ideas that are bound to send your mind reeling.

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The Ring of Nine

The Soviets. Allies during the war, enemies shortly after. One of them talks about one of the most harrowing chapters of human history in general and World War Two in particular - the Siege of Leningrad.

The Ring of Nine is a first-person account of the Leningrad Blockade during World War II, translated and edited by Maria K. This work started off as a series of journals written by Maria's late grandfather, Vasily Petrovich Kuznetsov, as he experienced these events.

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The Shipwreck Island

The "Roaring Twenties". The luxury steampship Benjamin Franklin leaves Genoa and sets out on a trans-Atlantic voyage it has taken many times before. Things do not go to plan, however, when the ship is caught in a storm and seriously damaged.

In all the confusion and panic, three passengers are left behind. A criminal, a detective who captured him and an heiress must face a journey far away from the regular trans-oceanic routes, into the heart of the treacherous Sargasso Sea - a journey that will change their lives forever.

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The Star of Solomon

So many dream of limitless power and fulfillment of all wishes. Wise men, alchemists and philosophers spend decades looking for this great secret. What would they say, if they discovered that the ultimate prize they so desperately pursued ended up falling into the hands of the least likely individual?

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The Three Fat Men

The fate of a kingdom hangs in balance, as a gymnast, a gunsmith, and one brave little dancer try to pry their land out of the clutches of greed and cruelty.

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The Waverunner

A legend, a ship, a mystery... One man sets out on a sea voyage of his dreams and sails along the boundary between fantasy and reality.

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The Way Things Were

A legend, a ship, a mystery... One man sets out on a sea voyage of his dreams and sails along the boundary between fantasy and reality.

This anthology includes the following works:
  • The Merchant's Daughter
  • Sasha
  • Mischief Maker
  • The Schoolgirl
  • Katerina
  • Nine Brothers And Their Sister Galya
  • The Tulle Baba
  • Lazy Bones
  • Little Toy
  • The King of Hearts
  • Lemerivna
  • Masha
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