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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....

To the Lake

To the Lake
  • Author(s): Yana Vagner, Maria Wiltshire (translator)
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction, In Translation, Psychological Thriller

A deadly flu epidemic sweeps through Moscow, killing hundreds of thousands. Anya and her husband Sergey decide they have no choice but to flee to a lake in the far north of Russia.   Joining them on their journey...

Travels in Siberia

Travels in Siberia
  • Author(s): Ian Frazier
  • Location(s): Siberia
  • Genre(s): Travelogue
  • Era(s): Modern

Travles through this bleak area of the map. Not so bleak, actually! Track the authors travels on a map, enjoy the wry humour,as he travels around this little known part of the world.

Tsarina

Tsarina
  • Author(s): J Nelle Patrick
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): Russian Revolution

“”Romance, adventure, magic and history blend seamlessly into a story that is… historically sensitive and gloriously thrilling.” –Kirkus, starred review” Natalya knows a secret. A magical Faberge egg glows within the walls of Russia’s Winter Palace. It holds a...

Tsarina

Tsarina
  • Author(s): Ellen Alpsten
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): Early 18th Century

Spring 1699: Illegitimate, destitute and strikingly beautiful, Marta has survived the brutal Russian winter in her remote Baltic village. Sold by her family into household labour at the age of fifteen, Marta survives by committing a crime that will...

Twilight of the Eastern Gods

Twilight of the Eastern Gods
  • Location(s): Moscow
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1958

1958. In a dorm room in Moscow, a young writer is woken by the sound of angry voices on the radio. Through the fog of a hangover he hears the news that a novel called Doctor Zhivago has earned...

War and Peace

War and Peace
  • Author(s): Leo Tolstoy
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): Early 1800s

At a glittering society party in St Petersburg in 1805, conversations are dominated by the prospect of war. Terror swiftly engulfs the country as Napoleon’s army marches on Russia, and the lives of three young people are changed forever....

We

We
  • Author(s): Yevgeny Zamyatin
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Science Fiction/Future
  • Era(s): Soviet era / future

A seminal work of dystopian fiction that foreshadowed the worst excesses of Soviet Russia, Yevgeny Zamyatin’s We is a powerfully inventive vision that has influenced writers from George Orwell to Ayn Rand. This Penguin Classics edition is translated from...

We the Living

We the Living
  • Author(s): Ayn Rand
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): Post Russian Revolution

Ayn Rand’s first published novel, a timeless story that explores the struggles of the individual against the state in Soviet Russia. First published in 1936, We the Living portrays the impact of the Russian Revolution on three human beings...

Wolves Eat Dogs

Wolves Eat Dogs
  • Author(s): Martin Cruz Smith
  • Location(s): Russia, Pripyat/Chernobyl
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): early 2000s

Chernobyl: the Zone of Exclusion. A ghostly place, deserted and forgotten for almost two decades; now inhabited by militia, shady scavengers, a few reckless scientists, and some elderly Ukrainian peasants . . . This is the eerie and dangerous...

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