Book Review: The Englishman from Lebedian

The Englishman from Lebedian: A Life of Evgeny Zamiatin by J.A. E. Curtis was reviewed in the Canadian Slavonic Papers, Vol. LVI, Nos. 3-4, September-December 2014 by Eric Laursen (University of Utah). Laursen writes: 

“J.A.E. Curtis’s meticulously researched and highly entertaining new biography is a refreshing addition to Evgenii Zamiatin scholarship. . . . Curtis takes full advantage of archives that were previously closed or inaccessible in order to provide us with a detailed account of Zamiatin’s nomadic life and work. . . . I felt at times that I was peering over Curtis’s shoulder as she delightedly uncovered each new object and letter. Zamiatin’s journeys are informed and enriched by Curtis’s own journey through the archives. . . . I highly recommend this biography to anyone interested in the early Soviet period or in Zamiatin. Curtis provides us with a vivid, well-researched, and entertaining account of one of the most important writers of the twentieth century.”