The Captain's Daughter: And Other Stories (Vintage Classics)

Recognized for his tremendously influential poetry and performs, Alexander Pushkin can be cherished for his brief tales. This assortment showcases his super variety, which enabled him to painting the Russian humans via romance, drama, and satire. The glowing humor of the 5 “Tales of Belkin” contrasts with a dismal delusion of playing and obsessive greed in “The Queen of Spades” and the masterful ancient novella, “The Captain’s Daughter,” a narrative of affection and betrayal set in the course of a uprising throughout Catherine the Great.
Translated through Natalie Duddington and T. Keane

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Lost and Found in Russia: Lives in the Post-Soviet Landscape

After the autumn of communism, Russia was once in a kingdom of outrage. The surprising and dramatic switch left many of us adrift and uncertain—but additionally jam-packed with a tentative yet tenacious wish. Returning many times to the provincial hinterlands of this swiftly evolving kingdom from 1992 to 2008, Susan Richards struck up a few striking friendships with humans in the midst of this old drama. Anna, a questing journalist, struggles to specific her passionate spirituality in the principles of the recent society. Natasha, a stressed spirit, has relocated from Siberia in a bid to flee the calls for of her upper-class kinfolk and her personal mysterious demons. Tatiana and Misha, whose enterprise empire has blossomed from the ashes of the Soviet Union, look, regardless of their luxurious, uneasy during this new international. Richards watches them develop and alter, their fortunes upward push and fall, their hopes leap and crash.
   Through their tales and her personal reviews, Susan Richards demonstrates how in Russia, the previous and the current can't be separated. She meets scientists confident of the lifestyles of UFOs and mind-control struggle. She visits a cult according to operating the land and a tiny civilization based at the practices of conventional Russian Orthodoxy. Gangsters, dreamers, artists, healers, all are thinking about of their personal methods, “Who are we now if we’re no longer communist? What does it suggest to be Russian?” This extraordinary historical past of up to date Russia holds a replicate as much as a forgotten humans. Lost and located in Russia is a mystical and unforgettable portrait of a society in transition.

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Dog Boy: A Novel

By Eva Hornung

A vibrant, riveting novel approximately an deserted boy who takes up with a pack of feral canine

million teenagers roam the streets in past due twentieth-century Moscow. A four-year-old boy named Romochka, deserted by means of his mom and uncle, is left to fend for himself. Curious, he follows a stray puppy to its domestic in an deserted church cellar at the city's outskirts. Romochka makes himself at domestic with Mamochka, the mum of the pack, and 6 different canines as he slowly abandons his human attributes to outlive fiercely chilly winters. in a position to go as both boy or puppy, Romochka develops his personal ethical code. because the pack starts off to prey on humans for foodstuff with Romochka's support, he draws the eye of neighborhood police and scientists. His destiny, and the pack's, depends upon his skill to stay loose, however the open air global starts off to shut in on him because the novel reaches its gripping conclusion.

during this taut and emotionally convincing narrative, Eva Hornung explores common topics of the human situation: the significance of domestic, what it capability to belong to a relations, the implications of exclusion, and what our animal nature can educate us approximately survival.

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Stalingrad: The City that Defeated the Third Reich

The turning element of worldwide battle II got here at Stalingrad. Hitler’s infantrymen stormed the town in September 1942 in a bid to accomplish the conquest of Europe. but Stalingrad by no means fell. After months of sour combating, 100,000 surviving Germans, huddled within the ruined urban, surrendered to Soviet troops.

During the conflict and soon after its end, rankings of purple military commanders and infantrymen, occasion officers and employees spoke with a crew of historians who visited from Moscow to checklist their conversations. The tapestry in their voices presents groundbreaking insights into the concepts and emotions of Soviet voters in the course of wartime.

Legendary sniper Vasily Zaytsev acknowledged the horrors he witnessed at Stalingrad: “You see younger women, young ones putting from timber within the park.[...] That has a big impact.” Nurse Vera Gurova attended enormous quantities of wounded infantrymen in a makeshift health facility each day, yet she couldn’t disregard one younger amputee who begged her to avenge his pain. “Every soldier and officer in Stalingrad used to be itching to kill as many Germans as possible,” stated significant Nikolai Aksyonov.

These testimonials have been so harrowing and candid that the Kremlin forbade their e-book, they usually have been forgotten via sleek history—until now. published right here in English for the 1st time, they humanize the Soviet defenders and make allowance Jochen Hellbeck, in Stalingrad, to provide a definitive new portrait of the main fateful conflict of worldwide struggle II.

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The Quality of Freedom: Khodorkovsky, Putin, and the Yukos Affair

By Richard Sakwa

Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the pinnacle of the Yukos oil corporation, was once arrested on 25 October 2003. This occasion proved a turning element for post-communist Russia and for Vladimir Putin's presidency. via that point Khodorkovsky had turn into one of many world's richest and strongest males, whereas Yukos have been remodeled right into a vertically-integrated oil corporation that used to be set to head worldwide. On all counts, this gave the look of successful tale for Russia, however it used to be accurately at this second that the experts struck, and Khodorkovsky was once later sentenced to 8 years in penitentiary. This publication explains why all of this happened. It offers a few theoretical dialogue in addition to exact research of the increase and fall of Yukos, and with it the improvement of the Russian oil undefined. It additionally examines the connection among the nation and massive enterprise in the course of Russia's demanding shift from the Soviet deliberate financial system to the industry process, in addition to Russia's emergence as an 'energy superpower'. The assault on Khodorkovsky had far-reaching political and monetary effects however it additionally raised basic questions about the standard of freedom in modern Russia in addition to on the earth at huge

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Gulag: A History

By Anne Applebaum

The Gulag--a large array of Soviet focus camps that held thousands of political and felony prisoners--was a approach of repression and punishment that terrorized the complete society, embodying the worst traits of Soviet communism. during this magisterial and acclaimed historical past, Anne Applebaum deals the 1st totally documented portrait of the Gulag, from its origins within the Russian Revolution, via its enlargement below Stalin, to its cave in within the period of glasnost. Applebaum in detail re-creates what lifestyles was once like within the camps and hyperlinks them to the bigger heritage of the Soviet Union. instantly famous as a landmark and long-overdue paintings of scholarship, Gulag is an important booklet for a person who needs to appreciate the heritage of the 20 th century.

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Alexandra Kollontai: A Biography

By Cathy Porter

Alexandra Kollontai was once a key chief of the Russian Socialist circulation, the one lady within the early Soviet govt, and the most recognized ladies in Russian background. She labored tirelessly all her lifestyles as a speaker, author, and organizer for women's emancipation. This compelling biography recounts her existence for an rising new release of combatants for women's liberation.

Cathy Porter is a translator, instructor, and researcher on Russian background. She is the writer of Fathers and Daughters: Russian ladies in Revolution and translator of Alexandra Kollontai's Love of employee Bees.

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Popular Choice and Managed Democracy: The Russian Elections of 1999 and 2000

By Timothy J. Colton

Twice within the iciness of 1999-2000, voters of the Russian Federation flocked to their local balloting stations and scratched their ballots in an environment of uncertainty, rancor, and worry. This publication is a story of those elections—one for the 450-seat Duma, the opposite for President. regardless of monetary concern, a countrywide defense emergency in Chechnya, and cupboard instability, Russian electorate unexpectedly supported the established order. The elected lawmakers ready to cooperate with the administrative department, a present that had eluded President Boris Yeltsin considering he imposed a post-Soviet structure by way of referendum in 1993. whilst Yeltsin retired six months previous to agenda, the presidential mantle went to Vladimir Putin—a profession KGB officer who fused new and previous methods of doing politics. Putin was once simply elected President in his personal correct. This publication demonstrates key traits in an extinct superpower, a bothered kingdom in whose balance, modernization, and openness to the overseas group the West nonetheless has a tremendous stake.

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The Putin Mystique: Inside Russia's Power Cult

Vladimir Putin, visible via Western eyes, is strong-willed, unpredictable, venal, and useless. The Ukraine/Crimea situation has proven dramatically Putin's decision to place Russia first, regardless of the remainder of the realm may perhaps imagine. And his hand is visible in the back of crimes just like the prosection and assassination of his political rivals. yet how does he seem to his humans? Anna Arutunyan, a Russian-American journalist, has saw Putin in motion over the past ten years and during this readable booklet she exhibits the way it is sort of inevitable that each ruler of Russia performs the function of a tsar, even if he's topped. there's a deep want for autocracy which generates autocrats. With energetic reportage of such themes because the Pussy rebellion Affair, oligarchs like Khodorkovsky and Berezovsky, and the important function bribery and corruption play in Russian society, she exhibits how such headlines frequently echo occasions throughout 1000s of years of Russian heritage.

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