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Devil’s Acre

Devil’s Acre

Author(s): Jonathan Bastable

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

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 1812-1990s

Devil’s Acre is a novel about love, Russia and forbidden architecture. Moscow, 1982. The oppressive Soviet regime is solidly in place: Leonid Brezhnev is praised to the skies for the brilliance of his unreadable memoirs: and the KGB is...

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Disappearing Earth

Disappearing Earth

Author(s): Julia Phillips

Location(s): Kamchatka

Genre(s): Fiction, Mystery

Era(s): Present day

One August afternoon, on the shoreline of the north-eastern edge of Russia, two sisters are abducted. In the ensuing weeks, then months, the police investigation turns up nothing. Echoes of the disappearance reverberate across a tightly woven community, with...

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Distant Annihilation

Distant Annihilation

Author(s): Azam Hossain

Location(s): Iran, Russia, Sweden, Turkey

Genre(s): Thriller

Era(s): Modern

Slaughter in the Balkans, corruption, amorous women, an insurgency in the harsh wastes of a Central Asian failed state, murderous henchman, insufferable natives, interrogation by the enemy, theocratic megalomania, treachery, a sinister crime lord and pursuit by bloodthirsty maniacs...

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Doomed Spy

Doomed Spy

Author(s): J R Rogers

Location(s): Kinshasa, London, Montevideo, Moscow

Genre(s): Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Era(s): 1960

From Leopoldville, to Antwerp to the quiet South American capital of Montevideo, Uruguay, Doomed Spy is a psychological spy thriller set in an unconventional distant posting at the height of the Cold War. At the center of the intrigue...

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Dr Zhivago

Dr Zhivago

Author(s): Boris Pasternak

Location(s): Russia

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Russian Revolution

Banned in the Soviet Union until 1988, Doctor Zhivago is the epic story of the life and loves of a poet-physician during the turmoil of the Russian Revolution. Taking his family from Moscow to shelter in the Ural Mountains,...

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Eastern Horizons

Eastern Horizons

Author(s): Levison Wood

Location(s): Central Asia, India, Russia

Genre(s): Travelogue

Era(s): Modern

Levison Wood was only 22 when he decided to hitch-hike from England to India through Russia, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan, but he wasn’t the conventional follower of the hippy trail. A fascination with the deeds of the early explorers,...

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Hidden in Plain Sight, a British Military Agent’s Story

Hidden in Plain Sight, a British Military Agent’s Story

Author(s): Shirley Read-Jahn

Location(s): England, North America, Russia

Genre(s): Biography, Fiction

Era(s): World War Two (1940s)

When World War Two splits Fred Read-Jahn and his English bride, Molly, she is forced to face the Blitz alone while he carries out secret missions on an epic journey from London to Moscow, travelling through North America, Canada,...

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I Was Anastasia

I Was Anastasia

Author(s): Ariel Lawhon

Location(s): Germany, Russia

Genre(s): Historical, Mystery

Era(s): Early 20th Century

Russia, July 17, 1918 Under direct orders from Vladimir Lenin, Bolshevik secret police force Anastasia Romanov, along with the entire imperial family, into a damp basement in Siberia where they face a merciless firing squad. None survive. At least...

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In Siberia

In Siberia

Author(s): Colin Thubron

Location(s): Siberia

Genre(s): Travelogue

Era(s): 1990s

Thubron has written extensively about this part of the world. Post Soviet Union he decides to take public transport and explore Siberia. This is a very readable book, travelling through exotic cities, deserted villages and meets a vast array...

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Lost Roses

Lost Roses

Author(s): Martha Hall Kelly

Location(s): Long Island, Paris, St Petersburg (Leningrad)

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): WW1

It is 1914, and the world has been on the brink of war so often, many New Yorkers treat the subject with only passing interest. Eliza Ferriday is thrilled to be traveling to St. Petersburg with Sofya Streshnayva, a...

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