Book Review: The Englishman from Lebedian

The Englishman from Lebedian: A Life of Evgeny Zamiatin by J.A. E. Curtis was reviewed in the Slavic Review, vol. 73, no. 4 (Winter 2014). Reviewer Zinaida Gimpelevich (University of Waterloo, Canada) writes: 

“This book is the combined product of love for the subject matter and thorough research in archives across two continents and three countries: the United States, Russia, and France. The result is the first complete critical biography of one of Russia’s leading modernist writers, critics, and philosophers. . . . Curtiss detailed treatment of Zamiatin’s family, work, and literary relationships brings the story of the writer’s everyday life directly to the reader. Her analyses of his literary works are comprehensive but not obtrusively so. They whet the reader’s appetite to read the originals. . . . Most important, Curtis describes the highly complicated individual that was Evgenii Zamiatin fairly. In short, her book should be welcomed into every academic and general reader’s home. Readers will likely learn not only the uniqueness of Zamiatin’s multifaceted heritage and the history of his troubled times but will also understand something about their own personal struggles and victories.”