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In Memory of Memory

In Memory of Memory
  • Author(s): Maria Stepanova, Sasha Dugdale (translator)
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Autobiography/Memoirs, In Translation, Travelogue
  • Era(s): 20th century

TRANSLATED BY SASHA DUGDALE With the death of her aunt, the narrator is left to sift through an apartment full of faded photographs, old postcards, letters, diaries, and heaps of souvenirs: a withered repository of a century of life...

In Siberia

In Siberia
  • Author(s): Colin Thubron
  • Location(s): Siberia
  • Genre(s): Travelogue
  • Era(s): 1990s

Thubron has written extensively about this part of the world. Post Soviet Union he decides to take public transport and explore Siberia. This is a very readable book, travelling through exotic cities, deserted villages and meets a vast array...

In the First Circle

In the First Circle
  • Author(s): Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • Location(s): Moscow
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1949

Moscow, Christmas Eve, 1949.The Soviet secret police intercept a call made to the American embassy by a Russian diplomat who promises to deliver secrets about the nascent Soviet Atomic Bomb program. On that same day, a brilliant mathematician is...

Infraction

Infraction
  • Author(s): Yvonne Zipter
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 19th century

Marya Zhukova is a woman of many passions. Her husband isn’t one of them. It’s mathematics and literature that captivate her, in part, but her lover, Vera, enthralls her most of all. These are, however, all dangerous obsessions in...

Koshka’s Tales: Stories from Russia

Koshka’s Tales: Stories from Russia
  • Author(s): James Mayhew
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Children
  • Era(s): N/A

Brave princes, evil witches and beautiful maidens abound as the tales of Koshka, the wise old storytelling cat, unfold. James Mayhew has drawn inspiration from the traditional stories and art style of old Russia to retell five enchanting tales...

Let’s Put the Future behind Us

Let’s Put the Future behind Us
  • Author(s): Jack Womak
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Satire
  • Era(s): post Soviet

In the unfettered freedom of Russia’s new-found venture-capital frenzy, Max Borodin can organise anything – so long as the readies are ready. That’s why he’s Moscow’s most successful businessman. But Max’s life has its downside: his wife, Tanya, nags...

Life and Fate

Life and Fate
  • Author(s): Vasily Grossman
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): WW2

The great Russian 20th-century novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author of Stalingrad. Life and Fate is an epic tale of a country told through the fate of a single family, the Shaposhnikovs. As the battle of Stalingrad looms,...

Lost Roses

Lost Roses
  • Author(s): Martha Hall Kelly
  • Location(s): Long Island, Paris, St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Historical, Fiction
  • Era(s): WW1

It is 1914, and the world has been on the brink of war so often, many New Yorkers treat the subject with only passing interest. Eliza Ferriday is thrilled to be traveling to St. Petersburg with Sofya Streshnayva, a...

Me, In Between

Me, In Between
  • Author(s): Julya Rabinowich, Claire Storey (Translator)
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad), Vienna
  • Genre(s): Young Adult
  • Era(s): 1970s

Madina’s family have fled war to seek asylum in Europe and begin a hopeful new life. An ordinary world of fitting in at school, learning the language and forging friendships lies before Madina. Yet she finds herself caught between...

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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