Russia is a country rich in talent which as often gone unrecognized or been actively suppressed and its literary achievements have frequently been inaccessible to non-Russians. GLAS has been designed to bridge the cultural gap between East and West by providing translations which allow the best modern Russian writing to speak directly to the Western reader. The sources at our disposal are vast new works by young talents and established writers, works well-known to the readers of samizdat but now freely available for the first time, works that have never been offered for publication before, works that have emerged from decades of imposed obscurity... The Russians write a lot. And they read a lot. In these turbulent times the Russian literature scene is changing rapidly, and every new contribution is avidly consumed. Our intention is to involve readers in this fascinating process. GLAS is produced through the efforts of a team of experienced writers, critics, editors and translators. Our greatest hope is that you will enjoy it.