Volodymyr Arenev just now sent me images of the covers of two of my books, forthcoming in Russia. The first is Dancing With Bears (Eksmo Publishers) and the second is The Best of Michael Swanwick (Azbooka-Atticus Publishing Group).
I am, it goes without saying (but I'll say it anyway), delighted. I've been to Russia only three times, but it's a country that tugs at the heart. And of course they have had more than their share of great writers, so the association, however tenuous, with Russian literature is one that any writer cannot help but savor.
Dancing With Bears is set almost entirely in Moscow, a destination that Darger and Surplus, my post-Utopian confidence artists, have been heading toward ever since they accidentally set fire to London in "The Dog Said Bow-Wow." So I'm really curious as to how Russians and Muscovites (not the same thing; the first joke I was ever told on Russian soil was, "Have you heard that Russia has just opened an embassy in Moscow?") will react to the novel. I fervently hope they'll like Dancing. Despite some of the things that happen to their great city in it.
But is that a great cover or what?
As is the cover for my short fiction collection. Azbooka-Atticus has also signed contracts for an omnibus volume containing The Iron Dragon's Daughter and The Dragons of Babel.