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One Steppe Beyond

One Steppe Beyond

Author(s): Thom Wheeler

Location(s): Russia

Genre(s): Travelogue

Era(s): 1990s

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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...

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Ostland

Ostland

Author(s): David Thomas

Location(s): Berlin, Russia

Genre(s): Historical, Thriller

Era(s): Mid 20th Century

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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...

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Red Sparrow

Red Sparrow

Author(s): Jason Matthews

Location(s): Russia

Genre(s): Thriller

Era(s): Modern

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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...

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Red Winter

Red Winter

Author(s): Dan Smith

Location(s): Russia

Genre(s): Thriller

Era(s): 1920

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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...

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Sashenka

Sashenka

Author(s): Simon Montefiore

Location(s): Russia, St Petersburg (Leningrad)

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): 20th Century

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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...

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Tatiana and Alexander

Tatiana and Alexander

Author(s): Paullina Simons

Location(s): New York City (NYC), Russia

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): WW2

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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...

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The Betrayal

The Betrayal

Author(s): Helen Dunmore

Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): 1950s

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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...

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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

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‘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...

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The Holy Thief

The Holy Thief

Author(s): William Ryan

Location(s): Moscow

Genre(s): Historical, Thriller

Era(s): 1930s

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‘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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The Innocent (David Szalay)

The Innocent (David Szalay)

Author(s): David Szalay

Location(s): Russia

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Modern

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A well researched book about an extraordinary environment and how it affects the lives of ordinary people doing ordinary things with huge consequences. About ordinary people going about their daily lives against a thunderous state backdrop.

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