Robert Chandler and Elizabeth Chandler are co-translators of the NYRB Classics editions of Andrey Platonov’s Soul and The Foundation Pit. Robert Chandler’s masterful translation of Vasily Grossman’s Life and Fate first appeared in 1985.
Happy Moscow isn’t a place, but a person, a gifted orphan whose flair for parachuting catapults her into the Soviet elite. Until, that is, she comes in for a great fall and reveals that Stalin’s utopia isn’t quite as happy as it’s made out to be. “A reminder of the unique, paradoxical power of literature to expose the mismatch between rhetoric and reality.”—The Spectator