5 MAY 1894, Page 25

Stories from Garshin. Translated by C. L. Voynich. (T. Fisher

Unwin.)—The reader probably knows what to expect from a Russian teller of tales, a realism which does not shrink from the most painful effects. If the condition of the country can be diagnosed from its literature, Russia must be the most unhappy of all lands, at least of all that can articulately express them- selves. These stories are powerful of their kind; but we cannot honestly say that they have any attraction.