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Maria K.

Maria K. (Maria Igorevna Kuroshchepova) is a first-generation Russian-Ukrainian immigrant.

An engineer by education, an analyst by trade, as well as a writer, photographer, artist and amateur model, Maria brings her talent for weaving an engaging narrative to stories of life, fashion and style advice, book and movie reviews, and common-sense and to-the-point essays on politics and economy.

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Maria’s Sites


Original works

A Child in Translation
A Child in Translation is a deeply personal autobiographic narrative about growing up in Soviet Ukraine that delivers a vivid picture of life in a part of the world most outsiders have never thought about. Please meet Maria from the Ukraine. She came to the West as an alien, bringing with her a childhood yet to be defined by translation.Paperback
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Stories for Anastasia
Stories for Anastasia

Welcome to our household! Who needs psychological thrillers and explosive blockbusters? Take a couple of book-crazy, martial arts-trained technology geeks, add a few homeless animals, mix thoroughly in one very old house - and you have a recipe for an exciting life. Enjoy! 
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Life, Supplemental
Life, Supplemental

Wise, witty, charming, educational and always sensible - all advice should be this easy to read and understand. From the world of business, to wrestling with your fashion sense or lack thereof, to the little things in life that can make or break your day, Maria K. has solutions.
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Limited Time for Tomato Soup
Limited Time for Tomato Soup

They don't alter the past. They don't spy on the future. Yet, even a very cautious time travel research leaves plenty of room to get into trouble.

Time, Limited is a foremost authority on space and time research. Wary of the time travel-related doomsday scenarios described by science fiction writers, the employees of the company take every precaution imaginable and move forward carefully as slowly.

But when a critical experiment is threatened by a natural disaster, even the best-laid precautions go tumbling down, and the nerds have to think on their feet to protect the research and ensure the company's recovery.
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La Gioconda Alternative
La Gioconda Alternative

What begins as a mugging investigation ends up as a foray into the realm of the impossible for two Seattle detectives.
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The SHIELD
The SHIELD

Once upon a time, shields were meant to protect. This is not one of them.

An exciting new technology with limitless entertainment possibilities turns out to be a lot more than anyone had bargained for.
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The Elemental Task
Elemental Tales I - The Elemental Task

Just when you think you are settled comfortably in your career, you get the most peculiar job offer in your life.

Megan Buchanan is a project analyst. She is not considering a career change. Until one evening she is offered to become an elemental.
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The Elemental Dance
Elemental Tales II - The Elemental Dance

When disaster strikes, all they can do is dance.

The elementals are superior beings who help take care of every aspect of our environment. When a major natural disaster strikes, they find themselves short on workforce, as some of their own make matters worse.
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The Elemental Birth
Elemental Tales III - The Elemental Birth

Smirk the hiring gnome wreaks havoc for his superiors once again, when he accidentally rescues two spirits - a human and her dog.
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The Elemental Mess
Elemental Tales IV - The Elemental Mess

A new force arises in the elemental universe and immediately turns it all upside down. It is unpredictable. It is powerful. It is alarmingly intelligent. It's ... a gnome.

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Translations
   
Thais of Athens
Thais of Athens by Ivan Yefremov

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 Ring of Nine
The Ring of Nine by Vasily Kuznetsov

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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Diamond is Fragile
Diamond is Fragile by Rustem Valayev

"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
Don't Leave by Georgiy Polonski

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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Poems You Have Never Met
Poems You Have Never Met by various authors.

"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." - Maria K., translator
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The Star of Solomon
The Star of Solomon by Alexander Kuprin

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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Note: Book cover art by Maria K.

Cover Design and Illustration

Gally Delbar, Healer

Gally Delbar, Healer by John Booth
Jalia on the Road

Jalia on the Road by John Booth
Mount Can't

Mount Can't by Anne Arlington
Pika the Phluph

Pika the Phluph and the Gribblebid Tough
by Kira Morgana
The Spellbinder

The Spellbinder by John Booth
Scotland Hard

Scotland Hard by John Booth


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