The KGB Plays Chess: The Soviet Secret Police and the Fight for the World Chess Crown

By Yuri Felshtinsky

The KGB performs Chess is a different publication. For the 1st time it opens to us one of the most mystery pages of the historical past of chess. The battles approximately which you may learn during this publication should not among chess masters sitting on the chess board, yet among the strong Soviet mystery police, often called the KGB, at the one hand, and a number of other courageous members, at the different. Their names are recognized within the chess international: Viktor Kortschnoi, Boris Spasski, Boris Gulko and Garry Kasparov turned matters of continuous strain, blackmail and persecution within the USSR. Their victories on the chess board have been accomplished regardless of this victimization. not like a few books, this tale has views. The sufferer and the persecutor, the hunted and the hunter, all describe of their personal phrases the exact same occasions. One aspect is represented by means of the recognized Russian chess gamers Viktor Kortschnoi and Boris Gulko. for a few years they fought opposed to a strong method, and on the finish they have been effective. The Soviet Union collapsed they usually bought what they have been battling for: their freedom. Former KGB Lieutenant Colonel Vladimir Popov, who left Russia in 1996 and now lives in Canada, used to be a kind of who had labored all his existence for the KGB and used to be chargeable for the game zone of the USSR. it's only now for the 1st time that he has made up our minds to inform the reader his tale of the KGB's involvement in Soviet activities. this is often his first publication, and it's not purely jam-packed with sensations, however it additionally dares to call names of mystery KGB brokers formerly identified in simple terms as recognized chess masters, sportsmen or recreation officers. quite a few brief years in the past a booklet like this might were unbelievable. learn this ebook. it isn't merely approximately chess. it really is approximately wonderful victory of the nice chess masters over the forces of darkness.

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A History of Russian Symbolism

By Avril Pyman

This publication is the 1st targeted heritage of the Russian Symbolist stream, which served because the seedbed of Existentialism and Modernism in Russia. It reassesses the symbolists' achievements within the gentle of recent study, targeting their literary works. Prose is quoted in English translation and poetry is given within the unique Russian with prose translations. there's a necessary bibliography of basic resources and an intensive chronological appendix. This e-book will fill a long-felt hole for college students and lecturers of Russian and comparative literature, symbolism, modernism, and pre-revolutionary Russian tradition.

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The Slynx: A Novel

By Jamey Gambrell

In what continues to be of Moscow a few 2 hundred years after the “Blast,” a group persists in primitive, ridiculous, and infrequently brutal situations. Mice are the present resource of nutrients, outfits, and trade, in addition to a resource of humor for Tatyana Tolstaya. possessing books during this society is illegal by way of the tyrant, who plagiarizes the outdated masters, changing into his people’s sole author. one of many tyrant’s scribes, Benedikt, is the most narrator of The Slynx. he's in love with books as items yet is not able to derive any which means or ethical reap the benefits of them. just like the imagined, feared animal of this rollicking satirical novel’s name, Benedikt represents lust, cruelty, egotism, and lack of understanding. The Slynx and Benedikt are one.
As Pearl ok. Bell wrote of Tolstaya’s tales at the hide of the hot York instances ebook evaluation, “The blazing energy of [her] mind's eye, the high-spirited playfulness . . . position her in that uniquely Russian line of satirists and surrealists.” David Remnick has referred to as her “the such a lot promising of all of the ‘post-Soviet’ writers . . . She seems like nobody else.”

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Ruling Russia: Authoritarianism from the Revolution to Putin

By William Zimmerman

When the Soviet Union collapsed, many was hoping that Russia's centuries-long background of autocratic rule may ultimately finish. but present day Russia seems to be backing out from democracy, no longer progressing towards it. Ruling Russia is the one booklet of its variety to track the historical past of recent Russian politics from the Bolshevik Revolution to the presidency of Vladimir Putin. It examines the advanced evolution of communist and post-Soviet management in mild of the newest study in political technology, explaining why the democratization of Russia has all yet failed.

William Zimmerman argues that during the Nineteen Thirties the USSR used to be totalitarian yet progressively advanced right into a basic authoritarian process, whereas the post-Soviet Russian Federation advanced from a aggressive authoritarian to an ordinary authoritarian procedure within the first decade of the twenty-first century. He strains how the selectorate--those empowered to settle on the choice makers--has replaced throughout varied regimes because the finish of tsarist rule. The selectorate used to be constrained within the interval after the revolution, and gotten smaller nonetheless additional in the course of Joseph Stalin's dictatorship, merely to extend just a little after his dying. Zimmerman additionally assesses Russia's political clients in destiny elections. He predicts that whereas a go back to totalitarianism within the coming decade is not likely, so too is democracy.

Rich in historic aspect, Ruling Russia is the 1st ebook to hide the complete interval of the regime adjustments from the Bolsheviks to Putin, and is key analyzing for an individual looking to comprehend why Russia nonetheless struggles to enforce lasting democratic reforms.

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Russian Thinkers (Penguin Classics)

By Isaiah Berlin, Henry Hardy

Required analyzing for enthusiasts of Tom Stoppard's The Coast of Utopia-the landmark research into Russian historical past and thought 

Few, if any, English-language critics have written as perceptively as Isaiah Berlin approximately Russian suggestion and culture. Russian Thinkers is his specific meditation at the influence that Russia's striking writers and philosophers had on its tradition. as well as Tolstoy's philosophy of heritage, which he addresses in his most famed essay, "The Hedgehog and the Fox," Berlin considers the social and political conditions that produced such males as Herzen, Bakunin, Turgenev, Belinsky, and others of the Russian intelligentsia, who made up, as Berlin describes, "the biggest unmarried Russian contribution to social swap within the world."

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the prime writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking international. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents an international bookshelf of the easiest works all through background and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the sequence to supply authoritative texts more suitable by way of introductions and notes by way of wonderful students and modern authors, in addition to updated translations by means of award-winning translators.

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Red Rabbit (Tom Clancy)

By Tom Clancy

Lengthy sooner than he used to be President or head of the CIA, sooner than he fought terrorist assaults at the great Bowl or the White condo, even ahead of a submarine named purple October made its perilous means around the Atlantic, Jack Ryan used to be an historian, instructor, and up to date ex-Marine briefly dwelling in England whereas studying a ebook. a sequence of lethal encounters with an IRA splinter staff had introduced him to the eye of the CIA's Deputy Director, Vice Admiral James Greeras good as his counterpart with the British SIS, Sir Basil Charlestonand while Greer requested him if he desired to come aboard as a contract analyst, Jack used to be fast to simply accept. the chance was once impossible to resist, and he used to be certain he may possibly healthy it in with the remainder of his work.

And then Jack forgot all in regards to the remainder of his paintings, simply because considered one of his first assignments used to be to aid debrief a high-level Soviet defector, and the defector instructed an grand story: best Soviet officers, together with Yuri Andropov, have been making plans to assassinate the Pope, John Paul II.

Could or not it's precise? because the days and weeks cross through, Ryan needs to conflict, first to attempt to substantiate the plot, after which to avoid it, yet it is a courageous new global, and not anything he has performed in the past has ready him for the deadly video game of cat-and-mouse that's the Soviet Union as opposed to the USA. in spite of everything, it is going to be not only the Pope's lifestyles however the balance of the Western international that's at stake. . . and it will probably already be too overdue for a beginner CIA analyst to do something approximately it.

"Clancy creates not just compelling characters yet frighteningly topical occasions and heart-stopping action," wrote The Washington Post approximately The undergo and the Dragon. "Among the handful of superstars, Clancy nonetheless reigns, and he's not more likely to be dethroned any time soon." those phrases have been by no means more true than in regards to the striking pages of his breathtaking new novel. this is often Clancy at his bestand there's none better.

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The Time of Women

By Elena Chizhova

Lifestyles isn't effortless within the Soviet Union at mid-20th century, specifically for a manufacturing unit employee who turns into an unwed mom. yet Antonina is fortunate to get a room in a communal residence that she and her little woman percentage with 3 previous ladies. Glikeria is the daughter of former serfs. Ariadna comes from a filthy rich kin and speaks French. Yevdokia is illiterate and sour. All have misplaced their households, all are deeply conventional, and all turn into “grannies” to little Suzanna. in simple terms they secretly identify her Sofia. And simply as secretly they communicate to her the background of her kingdom as they skilled it: the Revolution, the early days of the Soviet Union, the blockade and hunger of worldwide warfare II. The little lady responds through drawing appealing images, yet she is mute. If the professionals discover she's going to be taken from her domestic and despatched to an establishment. whilst Antonina falls desperately ailing, the grannies are confronted with the truth of wasting the little lady they love – except a stepfather are available ahead of it's too past due. And for that, they wish a miracle.

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Starman: The Truth Behind the Legend of Yuri Gagarin

By Jamie Doran

On April 12, 1961, Yuri Gagarin grew to become the 1st individual in historical past to go away the Earth's surroundings and enterprise into area. His flight aboard a Russian Vostok rocket lasted simply 108 mins, yet on the finish of it he had develop into the main well-known guy on this planet. again at the floor, his smiling face captured the hearts of hundreds of thousands worldwide. movie stars, politicians and dad stars from Europe to Japan, India to the us vied with one another to shake his hand.
Despite this big repute, virtually not anything is understood approximately Gagarin or the phenomenal humans at the back of his dramatic area flight. Starman tells for the 1st time Gagarin's own odyssey from peasant to overseas icon, his next decline as his own existence started to crumble less than the pressures of repute, and his ultimate disillusionment with the Russian nation. President Kennedy's quest to place an American at the Moon used to be a right away response to Gagarin's achievement--yet earlier than that winning moonshot happened, Gagarin himself used to be useless, elderly simply thirty-four, killed in a mysterious air crash. Publicly the Soviet hierarchy mourned; privately their sighs of aid have been virtually audible, and the KGB document into his loss of life is still secret.
Entwined with Gagarin's heritage is that of the breathtaking and hugely secretive Russian area software - its technological bold, its triumphs and failures. In a gripping account, Jamie Doran and Piers Bizony exhibit the brilliant global behind the curtain of the 1st nice area superb, and the way Gagarin's flight got here frighteningly as regards to destruction.

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A History of Russian Thought

By Derek Offord, William Leatherbarrow

The heritage of rules has performed a crucial function in Russia's political and social historical past. figuring out its highbrow culture and how the intelligentsia have formed the kingdom is essential to knowing the Russia of at the present time. This new heritage examines vital highbrow and cultural currents (the Enlightenment, nationalism, nihilism, and spiritual revival) and key topics (conceptions of the West and East, the typical humans, and attitudes to capitalism and usual technological know-how) in Russian highbrow background. targeting the Golden Age of Russian proposal within the mid 19th century, the individuals additionally glance again to its eighteenth-century origins within the flowering of tradition following the reign of Peter the good, and ahead to the continued power of Russia's classical highbrow culture within the Soviet and post-Soviet eras. With short biographical info of over fifty key thinkers and an intensive bibliography, this e-book presents a clean, complete assessment of Russian highbrow heritage.

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