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Tsarina

Tsarina
  • Author(s): J Nelle Patrick
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): Russian Revolution

“”Romance, adventure, magic and history blend seamlessly into a story that is… historically sensitive and gloriously thrilling.” –Kirkus, starred review” Natalya knows a secret. A magical Faberge egg glows within the walls of Russia’s Winter Palace. It holds a...

Rasputin’s Daughter

Rasputin’s Daughter
  • Author(s): Robert Alexander
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Historical, Fiction
  • Era(s): Post Russian Revolution

Called “brilliant” by USA Today, Robert Alexander’s historical novel The Kitchen Boy swept readers back to the doomed world of the Romanovs. His latest masterpiece once again conjures those turbulent days in a fictional drama of extraordinary depth and...

The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar

The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar
  • Author(s): Robert Alexander
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): Russian Revolution

Drawing from decades of work, travel, and research in Russia, Robert Alexander re-creates the tragic, perennially fascinating story of the final days of Nicholas and Alexandra Romanov as seen through the eyes of their young kitchen boy, Leonka. Now...

Anastasia: The Last Grand Duchess, Russia, 1914

Anastasia: The Last Grand Duchess, Russia, 1914
  • Author(s): Carolyn Meyer
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1914

Award-winning author Carolyn Meyer’s ANASTASIA is back in print with a gorgeous new package! Thirteen-year-old Anastasia is the youngest daughter of Czar Nicholas II, ruler of Russia. Anastasia is used to a life of luxury; her major concerns are...

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
  • Author(s): Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1940s/ 1950s

Bringing into harsh focus the daily struggle for existence in a Soviet gulag, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich is translated by Ralph Parker in Penguin Modern Classics. This brutal, shattering glimpse of the fate...

And Quiet Flows the Don

And Quiet Flows the Don
  • Author(s): Mikhail Sholokhov
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): early 20th century

The epic novel of love, war and revolution from Mikhail Sholokhov, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature An extraordinary Russian masterpiece, And Quiet Flows the Don follows the turbulent fortunes of the Cossack people through peace, war and...

The Heart Of A Dog

The Heart Of A Dog
  • Author(s): Mikhail Bulgakov
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

A rich, successful Moscow professor befriends a stray dog and attempts a scientific first by transplanting into it the testicles and pituitary gland of a recently deceased man. A distinctly worryingly human animal is now on the loose, and...

The Cossacks

The Cossacks
  • Author(s): Leo Tolstoy
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): pre-revolutionary Russia

“The Cossacks” is one of Tolstoy’s greatest works. In this semi-autobiographical work we meet the central character of Olenin, a young man of twenty-four who has yet to make anything of himself in life. Olenin joins the Russian army...

Hunger

Hunger
  • Author(s): Elise Blackwell
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1941

When German troops surround Leningrad and cut off food supplies in the fall of 1941, no one imagines that the siege will last 900 long days and take hundreds of thousands of lives. As the first “hunger winter” sets...

The Archivist’s Story

The Archivist’s Story
  • Author(s): Travis Holland
  • Location(s): Moscow
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1939

Moscow, 1939. In the recesses of the infamous Lubyanka prison, a young archivist is sent to authenticate an unsigned story confiscated from one of the many political prisoners there. The writer is Isaac Babel. The great author of Red...

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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