52 Best Nonfiction Books: The Prosvetitel Awards Long Lists Announced

  • 26 Jun 2024

  • On June 26, the Prosvetitel and Prosvetitel.Translation book awards announced their long lists for 2024: altogether, 52 best nonfiction books written in and translated into Russian. These have been chosen from over 280 books presented by 67 publishing houses.

    Here is the long list of Dmitry Zimin’s Prosvetitel Award, season XVII:

    1. Alexei Alexenko. Sex With Scientists: Sexual Reproduction and Other Mysteries of Biology. — Moscow: Alpina Nonfiction, 2024.
    2. Dmitry Antonov. The Halo and the Cross: How to Read Russian Icons. — Moscow: AST, OGIZ, 2023.
    3. Olga Arnold. Field Biologists in Person. — Moscow: ARCHE, 2023.
    4. Pavel Basinsky. The True Story of Anna Karenina; The True Story of Konstantin Levin (a duology). — Moscow: Elena Shubina Editorial Group, 2022, 2024.
    5. Alexander Berdichevsky, Alexander Pipersky. The Mysteries of Linguistics. — Moscow: Alpina Nonfiction, 2022.
    6. Svetlana Guryanova. Linguistic Myths, Common Usage “Errors,” and Other Reasons to Fight Over the Russian Language. — Moscow: Bombora, 2024.
    7. Stanislav Drobyshevsky. Why Giraffes Never Became People and Other Questions of Evolution. — Moscow: Bombora, 2024.
    8. Leonid Yelenin. Comets. Wanderers of the Solar System. — Moscow: Bombora, 2024.
    9. Olga Yelina. Pictures From an Exhibition: Science and Technology in the Early USSR (based on the data from All-Russian Expo of 1923). — Moscow: Rutenia, 2024.
    10. Andrey Zhuravlev. Lifelike: Snakes with Legs, Zombie Sharks, and Other Vanished Animals. — Moscow: Alpina Nonfiction, 2024.
    11. Andrey Ivanov. Architecture Without an Architect. Vernacular Neighborhoods of the World Cities. — Moscow: Slovo, 2023.
    12. Asya Kazantseva*. Where Do Children Come From? A Brief Guide To Trading a Childfree Lifestyle for Quiet Family Joys. — Moscow: CORPUS, 2023.
    13. Maria Kondratova. The Crooked Mirror of Life. The Main Myths About Cancer and What Today’s Science Makes of Them. — Moscow: Alpina Nonfiction, 2019.
    14. Ivan Kurilla. The Americans and All the Rest: The Origins and Meaning of the Foreign Policy of the USA. — Moscow: Alpina Publisher, 2024.
    15. Andrey Lankov. Beyond Kimchi: History, Culture, and Everyday Life of Korea; North of the 38th Parallel: How People Live in North Korea (a duology). — Moscow: Alpina Nonfiction, 2024, 2020.
    16. Natalia Lebina. The Khrushchevka: The Soviet and Non-Soviet in the Space of the Mundane. — Moscow: New Literary Observer, 2024.
    17. Ivan Leskov. Breathe Through Your Nose: What You Need To Know About Modern Approaches To Treating Nose Disorders. — Moscow: Alpina Publisher, 2023.
    18. Alexander Markov, Elena Naimark. The Prospects of Selection. From Greenish Warblers and Useless Complexity to Naked Mole Rats and a Mutating Humanity. — Moscow: CORPUS, 2019.
    19. Pavel Polyan. Babi Yar. The Reality. — Chisinau: The Historical Expertise, 2024.
    20. Alexey Semikhatov. One Hundred Years of Understatement: Quantum Mechanics for All. — Moscow: Alpina Nonfiction, getting ready for publishing.
    21. Pavel Filin, Evgeny Vershinin, Sergey Kukhterin, Mikhail Naimark. Koch: The Vessel of the 18th Century Polar Sailors. New Data. — Moscow: Paulsen, 2022.
    22. Leonid Fishman. Inequality of Equals. The Concept and Phenomenon of Ressentiment. — Moscow: Higher School of Economics Publishing House, 2024.
    23. Timofey Chernov. A Weather Forecast For 100 Years. How the Earth’s Climate Is Changing and What to Do About It. — Moscow: Fiton XXI, 2024.
    24. Yana Chekhanovets. Jerusalem, Earthly and Underground. — Moscow: Slovo, 2024.
    25. Tatiana Shishkova. Zhdanov’s Era: Post-War Soviet Cultural Policy as Dialogue With the Imaginary West. — Moscow: New LIterary Observer, 2023.

    The long list of the Prosvetitel.Translation 2024 includes:

    1. Thomas Reinertsen Berg. Theater of the World: The Maps that Made History / transl. from Norwegian by Evgenia Vorobieva, ed. Sergey Kokurin. — Moscow: Ad Marginem Press, 2023.
    2. Michael Brookes. The Art of More. How Mathematics Created Civilization / transl. from English by Zaur Mamedyarov; sc. ed. Konstantin Knop; ed. Maxim Cherepovsky. — Moscow: CORPUS, 2024.
    3. Benjamin Aldes Wurgaft, Merry White. Ways of Eating: Exploring Food Through History and Culture / transl. from English by Alexandra Glebovskaya, eds. Oleg Bocharnikov, Sergey Gukov. — Moscow: Individuum, 2024.
    4. Carlo Ginzburg. History, Rhetorics, and Proof / transl. from Italian by Mikhail Velizhnev, sc. ed. Vsevolod Zelchenko. — Moscow: New Literary Observer, 2024.
    5. Stephen Greenblatt. The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve / transl. from English by Polina Yakusheva, Artem Prozhoga; ch. ed. Olesya Palamarchuk; eds. Svetlana Rudzievskaya, Maria Tabyrtsa. — Moscow, Led, 2023.
    6. Nick Groom. Tolkien in the Twenty-First Century: The Meaning of Middle-Earth Today
    7. / transl. from English by Vasily Gorokhov; sc. ed. Alexey Ionov; ch. ed. Marina Nefedova; lit. ed. Svetlana Polezhaeva. — Moscow: Mann, Ivanov and Ferber, 2024.
    8. Alexis Drahos. Astronomy in Art / transl. from French by Natalia Buntman; sc. ed. Mikhail Shevchenko; ed. Elena Borisova. — Moscow: Art Volkhonka, 2023.
    9. Edgar Cabanas, Eva Illouz. Manufacturing Happy Citizens: How the Science and Industry of Happiness Control our Lives / transl. from English by Anna Rakhmanko; sc. ed. Alexander Pavlov; ch. ed. Alina Klimkina; lit. ed. Nina Gorskaya. — Moscow: Led, 2023.
    10. Ed Yong. An Immense World / transl. from English by Maria Desyatova; sc. ed. Mikhail Nikitin; ed. Petr Favorov. — Moscow: Alpina Nonfiction, 2024.
    11. Lydia Kang, Nate Pedersen. Patient Zero: A Curious History of the World's Worst Diseases / transl. from English by Daria Yurina; ed. Daria Ivanovskaya. — Moscow: Livebook, 2023.
    12. Kevin Laland. Darwin's Unfinished Symphony: How Culture Made the Human Mind / transl. from English by Maria Desyatova; sc. ed. Elena Naimark; ed. Victoria Sagalova. — Moscow: Alpina Nonfiction, 2024.
    13. Jonathan Losos. The Cat's Meow: How Cats Evolved from the Savanna to Your Sofa / transl. from English by Elena Bortkevich; sc. ed. Angelica Klekot; ed. Oleg Bocharnikov. — Moscow: Alpina Nonfiction, 2024.
    14. Sinclair McKay. The Hidden History of Code Breaking / transl. from English by Ivan Bogdanov; sc. ed. Maxim Suravegin; lit. ed. Olga Barash. — Moscow: Alpina Publisher, 2023.
    15. Raghuveer Parthasarathy. So Simple a Beginning: How Four Physical Principles Shape Our Living World / transl. from English by Zaur Mamedyarov; ed. Olga Volkova. — Moscow: CORPUS, 2024.
    16. Stuart Ritchie. Science Fictions: How Fraud, Bias, Negligence, and Hype Undermine the Search for Truth / transl. from English by Alena Yakimenko; ed. Ekaterina Vladimirskaya. — Moscow: CORPUS, 2024.
    17. Carlo Rovelli. Helgoland: Making Sense of the Quantum Revolution / transl. from Italian by Andrey Dambis; ch. ed. Yulia Lavrova; managing editor Yulia Klushina. — Moscow: Bombora, 2024.
    18. Colin Thubron. The Amur River: Between Russia and China / transl. from English by Evgeny Ponikarov, Yulia Lavrova; ch. ed. Yulia Lavrova; managing editor Yulia Klushina. — Moscow: Bombora, 2024.
    19. Maria Tatar. The Heroine with 1001 Faces / transl. from English by Xenia Artamonova; ed. Ekaterina Ivankevich. — Moscow: Alpina Publisher, 2023.
    20. Guido Tonelli. Genesis: The Story of How Everything Began / transl. from Italian by Dmitry Bayuk; sc. ed. Mikhail Shevchenko; ed. Irina Gachechiladze. — Moscow: CORPUS, 2022.
    21. Stephen Walker. Beyond: The Astonishing Story of the First Human to Leave Our Planet and Journey into Space / transl. from English by Natalia Lisova; sc. ed. Igor Lisov; ed. Vyacheslav Ionov. — Moscow: Alpina Nonfiction, 2024.
    22. Maja Fowkes and Reuben Fowkes. Central and Eastern European Art Since 1950 / transl. from English by Vladimir Petrov; eds. Olga Gavrikova, Alexandra Shapovalova. — Moscow: Ad Marginem Press, 2024.
    23. Juliane Furst. Flowers Through Concrete: Explorations in Soviet Hippieland / transl. from English by Irina Kosals; sc. ed. Sofia Timofeeva. — Moscow: New Literary Observer, 2023.
    24. Frank Holt. When Money Talks: A History of Coins and Numismatics / transl. from English by Alexander Akopyan; ed. Yulia Klushina. — Moscow: Bombora, 2023.
    25. Bettina Stangneth. Eichmann Before Jerusalem: The Unexamined Life of a Mass Murderer / transl. from German by Vladimir Naidenov; sc. ed. Konstantin Zalessky. — Moscow: Rare Books Publishing; Buki Vedi, 2023.
    26. Jordan Ellenberg. Shape: The Hidden Geometry of Information, Biology, Strategy, Democracy, and Everything Else / transl. from English by Evgeny Ponikarov; sc. ed. Mikhail Gelfand; ch. ed. Yulia Konstantinova. — Moscow: Mann, Ivanov and Ferber, 2023.

    The Prosvetitel’s special award PolitProsvet announced its long list for 2024 earlier, on June 20. The Prosvetitel Awards will publish their short lists before September 30.