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The End of Days

The End of Days
  • Author(s): Jenny Erpenbeck
  • Location(s): Eastern Europe, Europe, Moscow
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 20th Century

‘We are born and we die – but many things could happen in between. Which life do we end up living?’ From one of the most daring voices in European fiction, this is a story of the twentieth century...

The Master and Margarita

The Master and Margarita
  • Author(s): Mikhail Bulgakov
  • Location(s): Moscow
  • Genre(s): Fantasy
  • Era(s): Second half 20th century

In Soviet Moscow, God is dead, but the devil – to say nothing of his retinue of demons, from a loudmouthed, gun-toting tomcat, to the fanged fallen angel Koroviev – is very much alive. As death and destruction spread...

Kill with a Borrowed Knife: or Agent Ai

Kill with a Borrowed Knife: or Agent Ai
  • Author(s): Michael Wreford
  • Location(s): Beijing (Peking), China, Hong Kong, Moscow
  • Genre(s): Thriller

China, the eve of the September 11 attacks. A powerful cyber weapon is about to be released. Only one man can stop it … Journalist and SIS (MI6) contract agent George Quant arrives on the run in Beijing. Estranged...

One Night in Winter

One Night in Winter
  • Author(s): Simon Sebag Montefiore
  • Location(s): Moscow
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1945

If your children were forced to testify against you, what terrible secrets would they reveal? Moscow 1945. As Stalin and his courtiers celebrate victory over Hitler, shots ring out. On a nearby bridge, a teenage boy and girl lie dead. But this...

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...

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...

Love in the strangest of places

Love in the strangest of places
  • Author(s): M Alexander
  • Location(s): Bangkok, London, Moscow

Dan changes his mind on holiday to Bangkok. He sees the girls and the drinks and forgets about work with the rest but something is not right. He returns to London and takes the chance of redundancy when it...

Moscow Noir

Moscow Noir
  • Author(s): Natalia Smirnova
  • Location(s): Moscow
  • Genre(s): Crime, Short Stories
  • Era(s): Modern

“crime fiction featuring hard-boiled cynical characters and bleak sleazy settings.” Dirty dealings in the middle of the night, in the snow, very louche, stereotypical Moscow? Judge for yourself

Moscow Rules

Moscow Rules
  • Author(s): Daniel Silva
  • Location(s): Courchevel, Italy, Moscow
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): 2000s

The violent death of a journalist leads secret agent Gabriel Allon to Russia. But this is not the grim Moscow of Soviet times, but a new Moscow, awash in oil wealth and in thrall to a new generation of...

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