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The Unwomanly Face of War

The Unwomanly Face of War
  • Author(s): Svetlana Alexievich, Larissa Volokhonsky (Translator), Richard Pevear (Translator)
  • Location(s): Russia, Belarus
  • Genre(s): Historical, Nonfiction
  • Era(s): Looking back to WW2

Extraordinary stories from Soviet women who fought in the Second World War – from the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature “Why, having stood up for and held their own place in a once absolutely male world, have...

The Way a River Went: Following the Volga Through the Heart of Russia

The Way a River Went: Following the Volga Through the Heart of Russia
  • Author(s): Thom Wheeler
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Travelogue
  • Era(s): Modern

Thom Wheeler is not a man to be put off by the prospect of an uncharted, impractical or downright dangerous journey. Having accidentally introduced his old school friend Vicky to Dmitry, the Russian love of her life, at the...

The Winter Palace: A Novel of Catherine the Great

The Winter Palace: A Novel of Catherine the Great
  • Author(s): Eva Stachniak
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 18th century

From award-winning author Eva Stachniak comes this passionate novel that illuminates, as only fiction can, the early life of one of history’s boldest women. The Winter Palace tells the epic story of Catherine the Great’s improbable rise to power—...

The Winter Queen

The Winter Queen
  • Author(s): Boris Akunin
  • Location(s): Moscow
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): Late 19th Century

It’s strange that there’s no contemporary crime fiction coming out of Putin’s Russia, but Boris Akunin makes up for that with his intricate, allusive Erast Fandorin books, set at the turn of the last century.

The Winter Soldier

The Winter Soldier
  • Author(s): Daniel Mason
  • Location(s): Austria, Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): WW1

Vienna, 1914. Lucius is a twenty-two-year-old medical student when World War One explodes across Europe. Enraptured by romantic tales of battlefield surgery, he enlists, expecting a position at a well-organized field hospital. But when he arrives, at a commandeered...

The Witches of St. Petersburg

The Witches of St. Petersburg
  • Author(s): Imogen Edwards Jones, Anonymous, Imogen Edwards Jones
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Historical, Fiction
  • Era(s): Early 20th Century

The Russian Empire is on the verge of collapse. Revolution is in the air. The starving stalk the streets of St Petersburg and yet the Imperial Court still commute between their estates and organise their lavish balls. Two sisters...

The Wolf Princess

The Wolf Princess
  • Author(s): Cathryn Constable
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Children
  • Era(s): early 21st century

Alone in the world, Sophie dreams of being someone special, but she could never have imagined this … On a school trip to Russia, Sophie and her two friends find themselves on the wrong train. They are rescued by...

The Wolf Wilder

The Wolf Wilder
  • Author(s): Katherine Rundell
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Children
  • Era(s): 20th century

Go on an adventure with Katherine Rundell… From the winner of the Costa Children’s Book Prize ‘A writer with an utterly distinctive voice and a wild imagination’ – Philip Pullman ‘Read everything she writes’ – Daily Mail Feodora and...

The House with Chicken Legs

The House with Chicken Legs
  • Author(s): Sophie Anderson
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Children
  • Era(s): early 21st century

Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2019. Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2019. Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2019. Shortlisted for Children’s Fiction Book of the Year at the British Book Awards 2019. Marinka dreams...

Time: Night

Time: Night
  • Author(s): Ludmilla Petrushevskaya
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Humour, Satire
  • Era(s): Soviet era

First published in Russia in 1992, “The Time: Night” is a darkly humorous depiction of the Soviet utopia’s underbelly by one of the most brilliant stylists in contemporary Russian literature. Anna Andrianova is a trite poet and disastrous parent....

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