Books set in Russia (15)


1.

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy EN

Rating: 4.1     19 Votes
Country: Europe / Russia flag Russia
Description:
Presents the classic nineteenth-century Russian novel in which a young woman is destroyed when she attempts to live outside the moral law of her society.
Recommended: 16 Sep 2022

2.

Crime and Punishment : A Novel in Six Parts with Epilogue by Fyodor Dostoyevsky EN

Rating: 4.1     35 Votes
Country: Europe / Russia flag Russia
Description:
Hailed by Washington Post Book World as “the best [translation] currently available" when it was first published, this second edition has been updated in honor of the 200th anniversary of Dostoevsky’s birth. With the same suppleness, energy, and range of voices that won their translation of The Brothers Karamazov the PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Prize, Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky offer a brilliant translation of Dostoevsky's astounding pyschological thriller, newly revised for his bicentenniel. When Raskolnikov, an impoverished student living in the St. Petersburg of the tsars, commit... continue
Recommended: 21 Oct 2022

3.
Diary of a Madman and Other Stories

Diary of a Madman and Other Stories: The Nose; the Carriage; the Overcoat; Taras Bulba by Nikolai Gogol EN

Rating: 2     1 Vote
Country: Europe / Russia flag Russia
Description:
Hailed by Nabokov as "the greatest artist that Russia has yet produced," Nikolai Gogol (1809-1852) left his mark as a playwright, novelist, and writer of short stories. Gogol's works remain popular with both writers and readers, who prize his originality, imaginative gifts, and sheer exuberance.
This collection offers an excellent introduction to the author's works. Opening a door to his bizarre world of broad comedy, fantasy, and social commentary, the title story portrays a petty official's mental disintegration as he struggles for the attention of the woman he love... continue
Recommended: 30 Jan 2023

4.

Klotsvog by Margarita Khemlin EN

Rating: 4.5     2 Votes
Country: Europe / Ukraine flag Ukraine
Description:
Klotsvog is a novel about being Jewish in the Soviet Union and the historical trauma of World War II--and it's a novel about the petty dramas and demons of one strikingly vain woman. Maya Abramovna Klotsvog has had quite a life, and she wants you to know all about it. Selfish, garrulous, and thoroughly entertaining, she tells us where she came from, who she didn't get along with, and what became of all her husbands and lovers. In Klotsvog, Margarita Khemlin creates a first-person narrator who is both deeply self-absorbed and deeply compelling. From Maya's perspective, Khemlin unfurls a retelli... continue
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Recommended: 13 Nov 2022

5.

Riot Days by Maria Alyokhina EN

Rating: 4     12 Votes
Country: Europe / Russia flag Russia
Description:
In 2012 Maria Alyokhina and other members of Pussy Riot performed a provocative 'Punk Prayer', taking on the Orthodox church and its support for Vladimir Putin's authoritarian regime. They were charged with 'organized hooliganism'. That trial and Alyokhina's subsequent imprisonment became an international cause. For Alyokhina, her two-year sentence launched a struggle against the Russian prison system and an iron-willed refusal to be deprived of her humanity. This book gives voice to Alyokhina's insistence on the right to say no, whether to a prison guard or to the president.
Recommended: 11 Sep 2022

6.

The Bear and the Nightingale : A Novel by Katherine Arden EN

Rating: 4     111 Votes
Description:
Katherine Arden’s bestselling debut novel spins an irresistible spell as it announces the arrival of a singular talent with a gorgeous voice. “A beautiful deep-winter story, full of magic and monsters and the sharp edges of growing up.”—Naomi Novik, bestselling author of Uprooted Winter lasts most of the year at the edge of the Russian wilderness, and in the long nights, Vasilisa and her siblings love to gather by the fire to listen to their nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, Vasya loves the story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon. Wise Russians fear him, for he claims unwary souls, and they h... continue
Recommended: 03 Jan 2023

7.

The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky EN

Rating: 4     127 Votes
Country: Europe / Russia flag Russia
Description:
Fyodor Dostoyevsky's final novel, considered to be the culmination of his life's work, "The Brothers Karamazov" is the story of the murder of Fyodor Pavlovich Karamazov, whose four sons are all to some degree complicit in the crime. Fyodor is a contemptible man who during his two marriages has three sons, Dmitri, Ivan, and Alexei. A fourth, Pavel, whom he employs as his servant, is suspected to be the illegitimate product of a union with "Reeking Lizaveta," a mute woman of the street who died in childbirth. Fyodor takes little interest in the raising of his children and as a result finds himse... continue
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Recommended: 09 Apr 2022

8.

The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy EN

Rating: 4     46 Votes
Country: Europe / Russia flag Russia
Description:
A middle-aged judge who had never thought about his own mortality, must readjust his thinking when he learns he has a terminal illness
Recommended: 05 Jan 2023

9.
The Long Walk

The Long Walk by Slavomir Rawicz EN

Rating: 3.5     38 Votes
Country: Europe / Poland flag Poland
Description:
'I hope The Long Walk will remain as a memorial to all those who live and die for freedom, and for all those who for many reasons could not speak for themselves' Slavomir Rawicz Slavomir Rawicz was a young Polish cavalry officer. On 19 November 1939 he was arrested by the Russians and after brutal interrogation he was sentenced to twenty-five years in a gulag. After a three-month journey in the dead of winter to Siberia, life in a Soviet labour camp meant enduring hunger, extreme cold, untreated wounds and illnesses and facing the daily risk of arbitrary execution. Realising that to remain mea... continue

10.

The Secret History of Moscow by Ekaterina Sedia EN

Rating: 3     13 Votes
Country: Europe / Russia flag Russia
Description:
Just released from a mental hospital, Galina, a young translator and recovering schizophrenic, doesn't quite believe her eyes when her pregnant sister abruptly gives birth and changes into a fleeing jackdaw. Yet others across the city witness similar transformations, including Yakov, a neighborhood detective assigned to investigate a disturbing epidemic of missing-person cases. When street artist Fyodor stumbles on a surprising clue to the avian mystery, Galina and Yakov follow him through a magic portal visible only in window reflections and into an underground world of forgotten misfits and ... continue
Recommended: 09 Apr 2022


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