From Russia, With Love

Created on April 27, 2021, 8:48 am

Last Updated April 27, 2021, 8:48 am

Churchill famously said that Russia was "a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma". It may be an unsolvable puzzle, but it's a fascinating one nonetheless, and these books, both fiction and non, provide a few of the pieces.
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For something completely out of left-field, check out author Woodheads contention that the immovable object of Russian social and political norms met the unstoppable force of Rock and Roll, and Russia flinched.
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Beautifully crafted story of a Russian aristocrats decades-long house arrest in the Metropol hotel in Moscow.
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If this account of the story behind the story of Doctor Zhivago had a soundtrack, it might be Bruce Cockburns "Lovers In a Dangerous Time", that time being the Russian Revolution. Romantic, tragic, and true, including an unflinching look at the darker side of Boris Pasternak as well.
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One of the greatest Russian novels of the twentieth century tells the story of human dignity amid the despair of a Stalinist labor camp.
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Start here if you're new to Russian history. An accessible work that tells, not just the facts, but the story of the October Revolution.
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