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The Raven’s Children

The Raven’s Children
  • Author(s): Yulia Yakovleva
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Children
  • Era(s): Late 1930s

Russia in 1938 is a place of great terror. Joseph Stalin is in charge. His Secret Police are everywhere, searching for anyone who might be his enemy. People have no idea who they can trust. Seven-year-old Shura doesn’t know...

The Matiushin Case

The Matiushin Case
  • Author(s): Oleg Pavlov
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): end of Soviet era

The Matiushin Case is one of the darkest and most powerful works of fiction to appear in Russian in the last twenty years. Deriving, like Captain of the Steppe (And Other Stories, 2013), from the author’s own traumatic experience...

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...

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...

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....

The Bear And the Dragon

The Bear And the Dragon
  • Author(s): Tom Clancy
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Contemporary

President Jack Ryan faces a world crisis unlike any he has ever known, in Tom Clancy’s extraordinary new novel. Being President has gotten no easier. Domestic pitfalls await him at every turn and in Moscow someone may have tried...

Let’s Put the Future behind Us

Let’s Put the Future behind Us
  • Author(s): Jack Womak
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Satire
  • Era(s): post Soviet

In the unfettered freedom of Russia’s new-found venture-capital frenzy, Max Borodin can organise anything – so long as the readies are ready. That’s why he’s Moscow’s most successful businessman. But Max’s life has its downside: his wife, Tanya, nags...

The Fall

The Fall
  • Author(s): Robert Muchamore
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): early 2000s

The sixth title in the number one bestselling CHERUB series! James uncovers corruption where he least suspects it … When an MI5 operation goes disastrously wrong, James Adams needs all of his skills to get out of Russia alive....

The Day Watch

The Day Watch
  • Author(s): Sergei Lukyanenko
  • Location(s): Moscow
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Paranormal
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Walking the streets of Moscow, indistinguishable from the rest of its population, are The Others. Possessors of supernatural powers and capable of entering the Twilight, a shadowy world that exists in parallel to our own, each owes allegiance either...

The Impossible Journey

The Impossible Journey
  • Author(s): Gloria Whelan
  • Location(s): Siberia
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical, Young Adult
  • Era(s): 1934

In 1934, thirteen-year-old Marya and her younger brother, Georgi, set out alone on a long and arduous journey into Siberia to find their mother after she and their father are exiled for opposing Stalin, in the companion story to...

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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