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Der Königsberg-Plan

Der Königsberg-Plan
  • Author(s): Alexander Weiss
  • Location(s): Berlin, Kaliningrad (Königsberg)
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): 1945 and modern

Herr Parker, bitte folgen Sie mir. Wir haben nicht viel Zeit. Die Kanzlerin muss Berlin in einer Stunde verlassen – und will Sie vorher sehen.” Königsberg, 1945. Die Rote Armee rüstet sich zum Sturm auf die Stadt, in der...

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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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Doctor Zhivago

Doctor Zhivago
  • Author(s): Boris Pasternak
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): Russian Revolution

This epic tale about the effects of the Russian Revolution and its aftermath on a bourgeois family was not published in the Soviet Union until 1987. One of the results of its publication in the West was Pasternak’s complete...

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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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Eugene Onegin

Eugene Onegin
  • Author(s): Alexander Pushkin
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1820s

Eugene Onegin is the master work of the poet whom Russians regard as the fountainhead of their literature. Set in 1820s imperial Russia, Pushkin’s novel in verse follows the emotions and destiny of three men – Onegin the bored...

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Fathers and Sons

Fathers and Sons
  • Author(s): Ivan Turgenev
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 19th century

Considered one of Ivan Turgenev’s finest works, Fathers and Sons was the first of the great nineteenth-century Russian novels to achieve international renown. A stirring tale of generational conflict during a period of social revolution, it vividly depicts the...

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