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Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina
  • Author(s): Leo Tolstoy
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1870s

Anna Karenina is a novel by the Russian writer Leo Tolstoy, published in serial installments from 1873 to 1877 in the periodical The Russian Messenger. Tolstoy clashed with editor Mikhail Katkov over political issues that arose in the final...

Crime and Punishment

Crime and Punishment
  • Author(s): Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Crime
  • Era(s): early 19th century

Dostoyevsky’s great novel of damnation and redemption evokes a world where the lines between innocence and corruption, good and evil, blur. It tells the story of Raskolnikov, a destitute and desperate former student, who wanders through the slums of...

The Bear and the Nightingale

The Bear and the Nightingale
  • Author(s): Katherine Arden
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Fantasy
  • Era(s): various centuries

In a village at the edge of the wilderness of northern Russia, where the winds blow cold and the snow falls many months of the year, an elderly servant tells stories of sorcery, folklore and the Winter King to...

Salt the Snow

Salt the Snow
  • Author(s): Carrie Callaghan
  • Location(s): Spain, Moscow
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1930s

American journalist Milly Bennett has covered murders in San Francisco, fires in Hawaii, and a civil war in China, but 1930s Moscow presents her greatest challenge yet. When her young Russian husband is suddenly arrested by the secret police,...

The Secrets We Kept

The Secrets We Kept
  • Author(s): Lara Prescott
  • Location(s): Washington DC, Russia
  • Genre(s): Historical, Fiction
  • Era(s): 1950s

TWO FEMALE SPIES. A BANNED MASTERPIECE. A BOOK THAT CHANGED HISTORY. 1956. A celebrated Russian author is writing a book, Doctor Zhivago, which could spark dissent in the Soviet Union. The Soviets, afraid of its subversive power, ban it....

The Lost Pianos of Siberia

The Lost Pianos of Siberia
  • Author(s): Sophy Roberts
  • Location(s): Siberia
  • Genre(s): Nonfiction
  • Era(s): Modern looking back

Siberia’s story is traditionally one of exiles, penal colonies and unmarked graves. Yet there is another tale to tell. Dotted throughout this remote land are pianos – grand instruments created during the boom years of the nineteenth century, and...

Black Tea

Black Tea
  • Author(s): Stephen Morris
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): 2019

Black Tea is a book about Russia that starts in London at the height of the Cold War and ends on a beach in Crimea forty years later. It takes those elements of the writer’s life that were forged...

Stalin’s Ghost

Stalin’s Ghost
  • Author(s): Martin Cruz Smith
  • Location(s): Moscow
  • Genre(s): Mystery
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Investigator Arkady Renko, the pariah of the Moscow prosecutor’s office, has been assigned the thankless job of investigating a new phenomenon: late-night subway riders report seeing the ghost of Joseph Stalin on the platform of the Chistye Prudy Metro...

The Siberian Dilemma

The Siberian Dilemma
  • Author(s): Martin Cruz Smith
  • Location(s): Russia, Irkutsk
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Investigator Arkady Renko, described as ‘one of the most compelling figures in modern fiction’ by USA Today, finds himself travelling deep into Siberia when journalist Tatiana Petrovna disappears on a case. Journalist Tatiana Petrovna has disappeared. Arkady Renko, iconic...

The Archipelago of Another Life

The Archipelago of Another Life
  • Author(s): Andrei Makine
  • Location(s): Siberia
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): Mid 20th Century

On the far eastern borders of the Soviet Union, in the sunset of Stalin’s reign, soldiers are training for a war that could end all wars, for in the atomic age man has sown the seeds of his own...

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