Pravda: A Novel

By Edward Docx

A sweeping transcontinental novel of secrets and techniques and lies buried inside of a unmarried family

Thirty-two-year-old Gabriel Glover arrives in St. Petersburg to discover his mom lifeless in her residence. Reeling from grief, Gabriel and his dual sister, Isabella, manage the funeral with no contacting their father, Nicholas, a super and manipulative libertine. Unknown to the twins, their mom had in the past deserted a son, Arkady, a pitiless Russian predator now decided to assert his birthright. Aided via an ex-seminarian whose heroin dependancy is destroying him, Arkady units out to discover the siblings and discover the darkish mystery hidden from them their complete lives.

Winner of the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and long-listed for the fellow Booker Prize, Pravda is a darkly humorous, compulsively readable, and hauntingly appealing chronicle of discovery and loss, love and loyalty, and the damaging legacy of deceit.

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Russian Politics and Society

By Richard Sakwa

Having been absolutely revised and up-to-date to mirror the significant alterations in Russia during the last decade, the fourth variation of this vintage textual content builds at the strengths of the former variants to supply a finished and complex research on Russian politics and society. New to this edition:

  • extended insurance of electoral legislation, celebration improvement and neighborhood politics
  • new bankruptcy at the ‘phoney democracy’ interval, 1991-93
  • historical evaluate of Yeltsin’s management
  • full assurance of Putin’s presidency
  • discussion of the improvement of civil society and the issues of democratic consolidation
  • latest advancements within the Chechnya clash
  • more on overseas coverage concerns
  • the re-introduction of the Russian structure as an appendix
  • an up-to-date choose Bibliography
  • more specialise in the demanding situations dealing with Russia within the twenty-first century.

Written in an available and vigorous type, this booklet is full of special info at the crucial debates and concerns in Russia’s tricky transformation. This makes it the simplest on hand textbook at the topic and is vital analyzing for all these curious about the destiny of Russia, and with the way forward for foreign society.

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There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor's Baby: Scary Fairy Tales

New York instances Bestseller
Winner of the area fable Award
One of New York Magazine's 10 top Books of the Year
One of NPR’s five most sensible Works of international Fiction

The literary occasion of Halloween: a e-book of otherworldly strength from Russia’s preeminent modern fiction writer

Vanishings and aparitions, nightmares and twists of destiny, mysterious diseases and supernatural interventions hang-out those tales by way of the Russian grasp Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, inheritor to the spellbinding culture of Gogol and Poe. mixing the outstanding with the macabre, and leavened via a mischievous gallows humor, those bewitching stories are like not anything being written in Russia—or wherever else within the world—today.

 

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Vodka Politics: Alcohol, Autocracy, and the Secret History of the Russian State

By Mark Lawrence Schrad

Russia is legendary for its vodka, and its tradition of utmost intoxication. yet simply as vodka is imperative to the lives of many Russians, it's also valuable to realizing Russian historical past and politics.

In Vodka Politics, Mark Lawrence Schrad argues that debilitating societal alcoholism isn't really hard-wired into Russians' genetic code, yet really their autocratic political procedure, which has lengthy wielded vodka as a device of statecraft. via a sequence of ancient investigations stretching from Ivan the bad via Vladimir Putin, Vodka Politics provides the key heritage of the Russian nation itself-a heritage that's soaking wet in liquor. Scrutinizing (rather than pushing aside) the position of alcohol in Russian politics yields a extra nuanced knowing of Russian heritage itself: from palace intrigues below the tsars to the drunken antics of Soviet and post-Soviet management, vodka is there in abundance.

Beyond bright anecdotes, Schrad scours unique records and archival facts to reply to provocative old questions. How have Russia's rulers used alcohol to solidify their autocratic rule? What position did alcohol play in tsarist coups? was once Nicholas II's ill-fated prohibition a catalyst for the Bolshevik Revolution? may well the Soviet Union became a global energy with no liquor? How did vodka politics give a contribution to the cave in of either communism and public healthiness within the Nineteen Nineties? How can the Kremlin triumph over vodka's hurdles to supply better social healthiness, prosperity, and democracy into the future?

Viewing Russian background in the course of the backside of the vodka bottle is helping us to appreciate why the "liquor query" is still very important to Russian excessive politics even today-almost a century after the problem were placed to mattress in such a lot some other glossy kingdom. certainly, spotting and confronting vodka's devastating political legacies could be the maximum political problem for this iteration of Russia's management, in addition to the next.

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Agrarian Reform in Russia: The Road from Serfdom

By Carol S. Leonard

This e-book examines the historical past of reforms and significant kingdom interventions affecting Russian agriculture: the abolition of serfdom in 1861, the Stolypin reforms, the NEP, the Collectivization, Khrushchev reforms, and at last farm firm privatization within the early Nineteen Nineties. It indicates a trend rising from a political significant in imperial, Soviet, and post-Soviet regimes, and it describes how those reforms have been justified within the identify of the nationwide curiosity in the course of critical crises - speedy inflation, army defeat, mass moves, rural unrest, and/or political turmoil. It seems to be on the results of adversity within the financial surroundings for rural habit after reform and at long-run traits. It has chapters on estate rights, rural association, and technological swap. It presents a brand new database for measuring agricultural productiveness from 1861 to 1913 and updates those estimates to the current. This publication is a research of the rules aimed toward reorganizing rural construction and their effectiveness in reworking associations.

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The Great Glass Sea

By Josh Weil

From celebrated storyteller Josh Weil comes a sui generis epic swathed in all of the magic of Russian folklore and set opposed to the dystopian backdrop of an all too actual trade present.

Twins Yarik and Dima were inseparable considering the fact that formative years. residing on their uncle’s farm after the demise in their father, the men as soon as spent their days aiding farmers in fields, their nights spellbound by means of their uncle’s stories. Years later, they exertions jointly on the Oranzheria, a sea of glass erected over acres of cropland and lit through area mirrors that ensnare the denizens of Petroplavilsk in perpetual sunlight. Now the twins have basically paintings in common—stalwart Yarik married with young children, oppressed by way of the load of accountability; dreamer Dima dwelling on my own together with his mom, wistfully making plans the brothers’ go back to their uncle’s land.

But an come upon with the Oranzerhia’s billionaire proprietor adjustments their lives without end and shortly either males locate themselves poster boys for opposing ideologies that threaten to ruin not just the lives of these they love however the love that has bonded them on account that birth.

A breathtakingly bold novel of affection, loss, and lightweight, set amid a daring imaginative and prescient of an alternate present-day Russia.

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Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman

By Robert K. Massie

“[A] story of strength, perseverance and keenness . . . an exceptional tale within the arms of a grasp storyteller.”—The Wall road Journal
 
The Pulitzer Prize–winning writer of Peter the nice, Nicholas and Alexandra, and The Romanovs returns with one other masterpiece of narrative biography, the extreme tale of an imprecise German princess who grew to become the most extraordinary, strong, and desirable girls in heritage. Born right into a minor noble kin, Catherine remodeled herself into empress of Russia via sheer selection. For thirty-four years, the govt., overseas coverage, cultural improvement, and welfare of the Russian humans have been in her arms. She handled household uprising, overseas wars, and the tidal wave of political swap and violence churned up via the French Revolution. Catherine’s relatives, buddies, ministers, generals, enthusiasts, and enemies—all are right here, vividly delivered to existence. historical past deals few tales richer than that of Catherine the nice. during this publication, an perpetually interesting lady is lower back to life.
 
“[A] compelling portrait not only of a Russian titan, but additionally of a flesh-and-blood woman.”—Newsweek
 
“An soaking up, pleasant biography.”—Los Angeles Times
 
“Juicy and suspenseful.”—The long island instances booklet Review
 
“A nice existence, certainly, and irresistibly told.”—Salon
 
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Letters from Russia (New York Review Books Classics)

The Marquis de Custine's list of his journey to Russia in 1839 is a brilliantly perceptive, even prophetic, account of 1 of the world's so much interesting and international locations. it's also an excellent piece of commute writing. Custine, who met with humans in all walks of lifestyles, together with the Czar himself, deals bright descriptions of St. Petersburg and Moscow, of existence at courtroom and in the street, and of the impoverished Russian geographical region. yet including a wealth of sharply delineated incident and aspect, Custine's nice paintings additionally provides an indelible picture--roundly denounced by means of either Czarist and Communist regimes--of a rustic beaten by means of despotism and "intoxicated with slavery."

Letters from Russia, the following released in a brand new variation ready by means of Anka Muhlstein, the writer of the Goncourt Prize-winning biography of Custine, stands with Tocqueville's Democracy in the US as a profound and passionate come across with historic forces which are nonetheless a great deal at paintings on this planet at the present time.

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Russian History: A Very Short Introduction

By Geoffrey Hosking

Russia's sheer dimension has made it tough to mobilize assets and to control successfully, in particular given its harsh weather, significant and weak borders, and the range of its humans. during this Very brief Introduction, Geoffrey Hosking discusses all elements of Russian heritage, from the fight by means of the nation to regulate society to the transformation of the country right into a multi-ethnic empire, Russia's family with the West, and the post-Soviet period. Hosking, a number one foreign authority, examines Russian heritage in an neutral approach, arguing that "Good Russia" and "Bad Russia" are one and an analogous. He additionally evaluates vital contributors in Russian background, from Peter the nice and Catherine II to Lenin and Stalin.

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The 900 Days: The Siege Of Leningrad

The Nazi siege of Leningrad from 1941 to 1944 used to be probably the most ugly episodes of worldwide struggle II. approximately 3 million humans persevered it; just below 1/2 them died. For twenty-five years the prestigious journalist and historian Harrison Salisbury pieced jointly this impressive narrative of villainy and survival, during which town had a lot to fear-from either Hitler and Stalin.

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