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Twilight of the Eastern Gods

Twilight of the Eastern Gods

Location(s): Moscow

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 1958

1958. In a dorm room in Moscow, a young writer is woken by the sound of angry voices on the radio. Through the fog of a hangover he hears the news that a novel called Doctor Zhivago has earned...

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Snowdrops

Snowdrops

Author(s): A D Miller

Location(s): Moscow, Russia

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Late 1990s -2000s

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That’s what the Russians call them – the bodies that float up into the light in the thaw. Drunks, most of them, and homeless people who just give up and lie down into the whiteness, and murder victims hidden...

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A Death in Siberia

A Death in Siberia

Author(s): Alex Dryden

Location(s): Arctic, Russia

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Modern

The Cold War is dead but Russia’s ambitions continue to rage… The West is under threat. Russia has been granted sole access to the undersea Lomonosov Ridge in the Arctic Ocean – home to oil reserves even greater than...

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Der Königsberg-Plan

Der Königsberg-Plan

Author(s): Alexander Weiss

Location(s): Berlin, Kaliningrad (Königsberg)

Genre(s): Thriller

Era(s): 1945 and modern

Herr Parker, bitte folgen Sie mir. Wir haben nicht viel Zeit. Die Kanzlerin muss Berlin in einer Stunde verlassen – und will Sie vorher sehen.” Königsberg, 1945. Die Rote Armee rüstet sich zum Sturm auf die Stadt, in der...

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A Gentleman in Moscow

A Gentleman in Moscow

Author(s): Amor Towles

Location(s): Moscow

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): Early 20th Century

On 21 June 1922 Count Alexander Rostov – recipient of the Order of Saint Andrew, member of the Jockey Club, Master of the Hunt – is escorted out of the Kremlin, across Red Square and through the elegant revolving...

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Galina Petrovna’s Three-Legged Dog Story

Galina Petrovna’s Three-Legged Dog Story

Author(s): Andrea Bennett

Location(s): Russia

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 1990s

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Perhaps you’re not a member of the Azov House of Culture Elderly Club? Perhaps you missed the talk on the Cabbage Root Fly last week? Galina Petrovna hasn’t missed a single one, since she officially became ‘old’. But she’d...

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Brief Loves that Live Forever

Brief Loves that Live Forever

Author(s): Andrei Makine

Location(s): Russia

Genre(s): Fiction

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In Soviet Russia the desire for freedom is also a desire for the freedom to love. Lovers live as outlaws, traitors to the collective spirit, and love is more intense when it feels like an act of resistance. Now...

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To Kill a Tsar

To Kill a Tsar

Author(s): Andrew Williams

Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)

Era(s): 19th Century

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This tense, gripping novel set in 19C St Petersburg amid desperate revolutionaries bent on the overthrow of the Tsar ‘confirms Andrew William’s place in the front ranks of English thriller writers’ (Daily Mail). Shortlisted for the CWA Ellis Peters...

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Moscow Calling

Moscow Calling

Author(s): Angus Roxburgh

Location(s): Russia

Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs

Era(s): Late 20th century

In the course of the past 45 years, Angus Roxburgh has translated Tolstoy, met four successive Russian presidents and been jinxed by a Siberian shaman. He has come under fire in war zones and been arrested by Chechen thugs....

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I Was Anastasia

I Was Anastasia

Author(s): Ariel Lawhon

Location(s): Germany, Russia

Genre(s): Historical, Mystery

Era(s): Early 20th Century

Russia, July 17, 1918 Under direct orders from Vladimir Lenin, Bolshevik secret police force Anastasia Romanov, along with the entire imperial family, into a damp basement in Siberia where they face a merciless firing squad. None survive. At least...

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