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Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina
  • Author(s): Leo Tolstoy
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1870s

Anna Karenina is a novel by the Russian writer Leo Tolstoy, published in serial installments from 1873 to 1877 in the periodical The Russian Messenger. Tolstoy clashed with editor Mikhail Katkov over political issues that arose in the final...

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Archangel

Archangel
  • Author(s): Robert Harris
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Modern

When historian Fluke Kelso learns of the existence of a secret notebook belonging to Josef Stalin he is determined to track it down, whatever the consequences. From the violent political intrigue and decadence of modern Moscow he heads north...

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Back to Moscow

Back to Moscow
  • Author(s): Guillermo Erades
  • Location(s): Moscow
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Early 2000s

The early 2000s, and Martin, an expat student recently arrived in Moscow to write a doctoral thesis on the heroines of Russian literature, needs all the guidance he can get to fathom the mysterious Russian soul. Distracted from his...

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Bird’s Milk

Bird’s Milk
  • Author(s): Jana Bakunina
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): 1970s- 2000s

In Bird’s Milk, Jana Bakunina tells the story of her childhood in the Soviet Union from the early days of perestroika to the collapse of the USSR, offering a unique insight into the lives of ordinary Russians. Bird s...

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Black Sun

Black Sun
  • Author(s): Owen Matthews
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Thriller
  • Era(s): 1961

1961. Hidden deep within central Soviet Russia is a place that doesn’t appear on any map: a city called Arzamas-16. Here a community of dedicated scientists and technicians is building the most powerful nuclear device the world will ever...

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Black Tea

Black Tea
  • Author(s): Stephen Morris
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): 2019

Black Tea is a book about Russia that starts in London at the height of the Cold War and ends on a beach in Crimea forty years later. It takes those elements of the writer’s life that were forged...

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Cilka’s Journey

Cilka’s Journey
  • Author(s): Heather Morris
  • Location(s): Auschwitz, Siberia
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): WW2

In 1942 Cilka Klein is just sixteen years old when she is taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp. The Commandant at Birkenau, Schwarzhuber, notices her long beautiful hair, and forces her separation from the other women prisoners. Cilka learns quickly...

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Crime and Punishment

Crime and Punishment
  • Author(s): Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Crime, Fiction
  • Era(s): early 19th century

Dostoyevsky’s great novel of damnation and redemption evokes a world where the lines between innocence and corruption, good and evil, blur. It tells the story of Raskolnikov, a destitute and desperate former student, who wanders through the slums of...

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Dead Souls

Dead Souls
  • Author(s): Nikolai Gogol
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1840s

Nikolai Gogol’s ‘epic poem in prose’, Dead Souls is a damning indictment of a corrupt society, translated from the Russian with an introduction and notes by Robert A. Maguire in Penguin Classics. Chichikov, a mysterious stranger, arrives in the...

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Deathless

Deathless
  • Author(s): Catherynne M Valente
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fantasy, Fiction
  • Era(s): 20th century

Koschei the Deathless is to Russian folklore what devils or wicked witches are to European culture: a menacing, evil figure; the villain of countless stories which have been passed on through story and text for generations. But Koschei has...

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