Mikhail Iossel
Leningrad, USSR-born Mikhail Iossel, writer and professor of English at Concordia University in Montreal, founder and executive director of the Summer Literary Seminars International programs, is a former participant in the literary samizdat movement and member of the samizdat literary Club-81 in Leningrad, USSR.  Author of Every Hunter Wants to Know, a collection of stories (W.W. Norton) and co-editor (with Jeff Parker) of the anthologies Amerika: Russian Writers View the United States (Dalkey Archive, 2004) and Rasskazy: New Fiction from a New Russia (Tin House, 2010), he is the recipient of Guggenheim Foundation and NEA Fellowships, among other awards.  His stories have been translated into several foreign languages, and anthologized in Best American Short Stories, and elsewhere.

Alain Delon Doesn’t Drink Cologne

Here, next to Jean-Paul Belmondo, in the film Borsalino, is Alain Fabien Maurice Marcel Delon, one of the biggest celebrities of modern-era world cinema — and almost certainly the brightest foreign movie star in old USSR circa the time of its protracted decline and slide into non-existence; the idol of two or...

The Beginning of a Long Road

Earlier today, in a conversation with a friend, I recalled the preposterous little novel I wrote at the age of thirteen: my very first literary work of any sizable scope. The year was 1968; the month was August; the location, Roshchino, a middle-scale lakeside resort community some forty-five minutes away from Leningrad...

Nothing Bad Ever Happens on a Day When it Rains Through the Sun

“Nothing bad ever happens on a day when it rains through the sun.” This was said both to me and off into space one afternoon by the ordinarily quarrelsome, foul-mouthed, and altogether pettily malicious old woman who had lived the longest (since shortly after the 1917 revolution, apparently) in the rambling communal...