Asar Eppel

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Asar Eppel
Asar Eppel by Kubik 01.JPG
Born (1935-01-11)January 11, 1935
Moscow, Soviet Union
Died February 20, 2012(2012-02-20) (aged 77)
Moscow, Russia
Notable works The Grassy Street
Red Caviar Sandwiches

Asar Isayevich Eppel (Russian: Аса́р Иса́евич Э́ппель; January 11, 1935 – February 20, 2012) was a Russian writer and translator.[1]


Eppel was born in Ostankino, a suburb of Moscow. He studied architecture at the Institute of Civil Engineering. He worked as a translator in the Soviet Union, being unable to publish his fictional works under the Soviet Government. He translated Bruno Schulz and Wisława Szymborska from the Polish, the foreign language he is most proficient in, and poems from Petrarch, Boccaccio, Rudyard Kipling and Berthold Brecht.[2][3]

His works of fiction include the story The Grassy Street (1996) and the novel The Mushroom of My Life (2001).[4]

Eppel died, aged 77, in Moscow.

English translations[edit]

  • The Grassy Street, The GLAS Series, Vol 18, 1998.
  • Red Caviar Sandwiches, Russian Short Stories from Pushkin to Buida, Penguin Classics, 2005.


  1. ^ Novikova, Lisa (2012-02-20). Дворцовый бал Асара Эппеля (in Russian). Izvestia. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  2. ^ Russian Short Stories from Pushkin to Buida, Penguin Classics, 2005.
  3. ^ "Assar Eppel Biography". Russian PEN centre. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  4. ^ Contemporary Jewish Writing in Europe: A Guide, Indiana University Press, 2008.