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A Gentle Axe

A Gentle Axe
  • Author(s): R N Morris
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): 19th Century

A great setting of 19th Century St Petersburg for this crime novel

A Mountain of Crumbs: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain

A Mountain of Crumbs: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain
  • Author(s): Elena Gorokhova
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): 1900s

Agent 6

Agent 6
  • Author(s): Tom Rob Smith
  • Location(s): Afghanistan, Russia, United States (USA)
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Second half of the 20th Century

Agent 6, the third and final outing for the conflicted former MGB officer, brings the trilogy of novels to a resounding climax. Leo’s new civilian life with his wife Raisa and his family has acquired equilibrium, but the USSR...

Among the Russians

Among the Russians
  • Author(s): Colin Thubron
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Travelogue
  • Era(s): 1980s

Among the Russians is a marvellous account of a solitary journey by car from St. Petersburg and the Baltic States south to Georgia and Armenia. A gifted writer and intrepid traveller, Thubron grapples with the complexities of Russian identity...

Brief Loves that Live Forever

Brief Loves that Live Forever
  • Author(s): Andrei Makine
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction

In Soviet Russia the desire for freedom is also a desire for the freedom to love. Lovers live as outlaws, traitors to the collective spirit, and love is more intense when it feels like an act of resistance. Now...

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.

Empress of the Night

Empress of the Night
  • Author(s): Eva Stachniak
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 18th century

“We quarrel about power, not about love.” Catherine the Great takes centre stage in best selling author Eva Stachniak’s latest novel. Gorgeously written with vivid detail and lyrical prose, EMPRESS OF THE NIGHT is an intimate and revealing portrait...

Flesh-Coloured Dominoes

Flesh-Coloured Dominoes
  • Author(s): Zigmunds Skujinš
  • Location(s): Baltic Coast, Russia
  • Genre(s): Fantasy, Mystery
  • Era(s): 18th Century to WW2 and modern

When Baroness Valtraute von Bruegen’s officer husband’s body is severed in two, she is delighted to find that the lower half has been sewn onto the upper body of the humble local captain Ulste. She conceives a child only...

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...

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Enter the 2021TripFiction 'Sense of Place' Creative Writing Competition!

A story in which the location plays as important a role as the rest of your words.

2,500 word maximum, 750 word minimum

Judges include Victoria Hislop and Rosanna Ley

First Prize of £1,000 / US$1,350

Prizes total £1,750 / US$2,362 

Winning entry published on TripFiction site and publicised on Social Media

Entries close 6th November 2021