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One Steppe Beyond

One Steppe Beyond
  • Author(s): Thom Wheeler
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Travelogue
  • Era(s): 1990s

Travelling across the former Soviet Union is a challenge at the best of times – but in a dilapidated VDub… that’s got to be plain daft… hasn’t it? I was in my prime, hungry to make a mark on...

Ostland

Ostland
  • Author(s): David Thomas
  • Location(s): Berlin, Russia
  • Genre(s): Historical, Thriller
  • Era(s): Mid 20th Century

February 1941, wartime Berlin. Brilliant, idealistic young detective Georg Heuser joins the Murder Squad in the midst of the biggest manhunt the city has ever seen. A serial killer is slaughtering women on S-Bahn trains and leaving their battered...

Red Sparrow

Red Sparrow
  • Author(s): Jason Matthews
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Modern

A Russian honey trap agent targets a young CIA operative to uncover a senior-ranking mole at the heart of the Russian Intelligence service. Dominika Egorov, former prima ballerina, is sucked into the heart of Putin’s Russia, the country she...

Red Winter

Red Winter
  • Author(s): Dan Smith
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): 1920

It is 1920, central Russia. The Red Terror tightens its hold. Kolya has deserted his Red Army unit and returns home to bury his brother and reunite with his wife and sons. But he finds the village silent and...

Russka

Russka
  • Author(s): Edward Rutherfurd
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Historical, Short Stories
  • Era(s): Various

Russka is the story of the history of the Russian heartland, in Edward Rutherfurd’s proven style. He traces family stories through short stories.

Sashenka

Sashenka
  • Author(s): Simon Montefiore
  • Location(s): Russia, St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 20th Century

Winter, 1916. In St Petersburg, snow is falling in a country on the brink of revolution. Beautiful and headstrong, Sashenka Zeitlin is just sixteen. As her mother parties with Rasputin and her dissolute friends, Sashenka slips into the frozen...

Tatiana and Alexander

Tatiana and Alexander
  • Author(s): Paullina Simons
  • Location(s): New York City (NYC), Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): WW2

The world at war … two people in love. Tatiana is eighteen years old and pregnant when she miraculously escapes war-torn Leningrad to the West, believing herself to be a widow. Her husband, Major Alexander Belov, a decorated hero...

The Betrayal

The Betrayal
  • Author(s): Helen Dunmore
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1950s

Leningrad, 1952. Andrei, a young hospital doctor, and Anna, a nursery school teacher, are forging a life together in the postwar, postsiege wreckage. But their happiness is precarious, like that of millions of Russians who must avoid the claws...

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 Holy Thief

The Holy Thief
  • Author(s): William Ryan
  • Location(s): Moscow
  • Genre(s): Historical, Thriller
  • Era(s): 1930s

‘Set in 1936, Ryan’s impressive debut introduces Capt. Alexei Korolev of the Moscow Militia’s Criminal Investigation Division, who looks into the murder of a young woman found butchered in a church… Ryan, who merits comparison to Tom Rob Smith,...

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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