A Russian Odyssey
October 19, 2015 § Leave a comment
My journey through Russia ends here. Here’s what I picked up on my travels.
A People’s Tragedy: The Russian Revolution 1891-1924
by Orlando Figes
To understand Russia today one has to turn to its past. Figes’ A People’s Tragedy is indispensable in this regard.
by Antony Beevor
A fascinating account of the gruesome battle that turned the tide of the Second World War.
Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar
by Simon Sebag Montefiore
A thorough biography of the pock-marked Georgian, his magnates, friends, and family members during the 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s. A look at the man behind the tyrant.
by Anton Chekhov
A beautiful and touching collection of short stories by the master storyteller.
by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
A humourous tale, and one of his earlier works, yet quintessentially Dostoyevsky.
by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Though renowned as an analysis of the Soviet state, it is the touching description of those afflicted with cancer that makes Cancer Ward such an outstanding work.
I know it won’t be long before I itch to set off through Russia again; that mysterious, vast, rich, and sadly often misconceived landscape.