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Child 44

Child 44
  • Author(s): Tom Rob Smith
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): 1950s

This is a thriller set in 1950s Stalinist Russia, a regime that balks at nothing and executes opponents without conscience. It wanted to be seen as the perfect society. A series of brutal murders shatter this image, but if...

City-Pick St Petersburg

City-Pick St Petersburg
  • Author(s): Heather Reyes
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Various

This series celebrates every aspect of Russia’s most legendary city – essential reading for travellers and lovers of wonderful writing about Russia. Malcolm Bradbury guides us to the Hermitage Anna Pavlova describes her school days Vladimir Nabokov re-lives a...

Consolations of the Forest

Consolations of the Forest
  • Author(s): Sylvain Tesson
  • Location(s): Siberia
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): 2010

In Consolations of the Forest, Sylvain Tesson explains how he found a radical solution to his need for freedom, one as ancient as the experiences of the hermits of old Russia: he decided to lock himself alone in a...

Critique of Criminal Reason

Critique of Criminal Reason
  • Author(s): Michael Gregorio
  • Location(s): Kaliningrad (Königsberg)
  • Genre(s): Crime

Hanno Stiffeniis, a rural magistrate, is asked come to Königsberg to solve a series of murders that have caused terror in the city: set against the Napoleonic Wars 1803/4.

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...

Devil’s Acre

Devil’s Acre
  • Author(s): Jonathan Bastable
  • Location(s): Moscow, St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1812-1990s

Devil’s Acre is a novel about love, Russia and forbidden architecture. Moscow, 1982. The oppressive Soviet regime is solidly in place: Leonid Brezhnev is praised to the skies for the brilliance of his unreadable memoirs: and the KGB is...

Gorky Park

Gorky Park
  • Author(s): Martin Cruz Smith
  • Location(s): Moscow
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): Late 1900s

They lay peacefully, even artfully, under their thawing crust of ice, the centre one on its back, hands folded as if for a religious funeral, the other two turned, arms out under the ice like flanking emblems on embossed...

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...

Königskinder

Königskinder
  • Author(s): Gernot Gricksch
  • Location(s): Hamburg, Moscow
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Romance
  • Era(s): 1970s -2000s

Zuerst die gute Nachricht: Ja, es gibt sie wirklich, die eine große wahre Liebe und den einen Menschen, den das Schicksal für uns vorherbestimmt hat. Dummerweise ist das Schicksal manchmal aber etwas schlampig bei der Durchführung seiner Pläne. So...

Konstantin

Konstantin
  • Author(s): Tom Bullough
  • Location(s): Ryazan
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1867

It is 1867 and winter in Ryazan, a city on the banks of the Oka River in Central Russia. Konstantin is ten years old. His days are full of dreams of flight – to Moscow, even to the silent...

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