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Nabokov can describe it better than we ever could. “No single word in English renders all the shades of toska. At its deepest and most painful, it is a sensation of great spiritual anguish, often without any specific cause. At less morbid levels it is a dull ache of the soul, a longing with nothing to long for, a sick pining, a vague restlessness, mental throes, yearning. In particular cases it may be the desire for somebody of something specific, nostalgia, love-sickness. At the lowest level it grades into ennui, boredom.”

This capsule contains 3 surprise fiction books; all of the books were written in different generations, but all of them were written by Russian authors.

Disclaimer: These books may contain content that is not intended for younger readers, such as sexual content, violence, or bad language.  

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You'll receive:

  • Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov
  • Zoo or Letters Not about Love by Victor Shklovsky
  • The Funeral Party by Ludmila Ulitskaya
  • A handwritten letter from the founder, detailing why we chose these books 
  • A super cute bookmark ($5 value!)