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The Crown’s Game

The Crown’s Game
  • Author(s): Evelyn Skye
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fantasy, Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 18th century

Vika Andreyev can summon the snow and turn ash into gold.Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air.They are enchanters the only two in Russia and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening,...

Eugene Onegin

Eugene Onegin
  • Author(s): Alexander Pushkin
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1820s

Eugene Onegin is the master work of the poet whom Russians regard as the fountainhead of their literature. Set in 1820s imperial Russia, Pushkin’s novel in verse follows the emotions and destiny of three men – Onegin the bored...

The Death of Ivan Ilych

The Death of Ivan Ilych
  • Author(s): Leo Tolstoy
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1880s

Hailed as one of the world’s supreme masterpieces on the subject of death and dying, The Death of Ivan Ilyich is the story of a worldly careerist, a high court judge who has never given the inevitability of his...

Dead Souls

Dead Souls
  • Author(s): Nikolai Gogol
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1840s

Nikolai Gogol’s ‘epic poem in prose’, Dead Souls is a damning indictment of a corrupt society, translated from the Russian with an introduction and notes by Robert A. Maguire in Penguin Classics. Chichikov, a mysterious stranger, arrives in the...

Fathers and Sons

Fathers and Sons
  • Author(s): Ivan Turgenev
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 19th century

Considered one of Ivan Turgenev’s finest works, Fathers and Sons was the first of the great nineteenth-century Russian novels to achieve international renown. A stirring tale of generational conflict during a period of social revolution, it vividly depicts the...

Peter the Great: His Life and World

Peter the Great: His Life and World
  • Author(s): Robert K Massie
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 17th / 18th centuries

Against the monumental canvas of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Europe and Russia, Robert K. Massie unfolds the extraordinary story of Peter the Great. A volatile feudal tsar with a taste for barbaric torture; a progressive and enlightened reformer of government...

The Last Days of the Romanov Dancers

The Last Days of the Romanov Dancers
  • Author(s): Kerri Turner
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1914

Petrograd, 1914. A country on a knife edge. The story of two people caught in the middle – with everything to lose… A stunning debut from a talented new Australian voice in historical fiction. Valentina Yershova’s position in the...

Romanov

Romanov
  • Author(s): Nadine Brandes
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical, Young Adult
  • Era(s): Russian Revolution

Anastasia “Nastya” Romanov was given a single mission: to smuggle an ancient spell into her suitcase on her way to exile in Siberia. It might be her family’s only salvation. But the leader of the Bolshevik army is after...

Hadji Murad

Hadji Murad
  • Author(s): Leo Tolstoy
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1850s

He is considered one of the greatest novelists in any language in all of human history, but many of Leo Tolstoy’s works remain obscure today. This short novel, published posthumously and recommended by Harold Bloom in his Western Canon,...

Doctor Zhivago

Doctor Zhivago
  • Author(s): Boris Pasternak
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): Russian Revolution

This epic tale about the effects of the Russian Revolution and its aftermath on a bourgeois family was not published in the Soviet Union until 1987. One of the results of its publication in the West was Pasternak’s complete...

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