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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|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|
|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
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.
|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
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.
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.
|La Gioconda Alternative|
What begins as a mugging investigation ends up as a foray into the realm of the impossible for two Seattle detectives.
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.
|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.
Buchanan is a project analyst. She is not considering a career change.
Until one evening she is offered to become an elemental.
|Elemental Tales II - The Elemental Dance|
When disaster strikes, all they can do is dance.
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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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
"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
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
|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.
|Poems You Have Never Met by various authors.|
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?!
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
|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
Note: Book cover art by Maria K.
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