A Russian Odyssey

October 19, 2015 § Leave a comment

My journey through Russia ends here. Here’s what I picked up on my travels.

apeople'stragedyA 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.

stalingradStalingrad
by Antony Beevor

A fascinating account of the gruesome battle that turned the tide of the Second World War.

courtoftheredtsarStalin: 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.

chekhovShort Stories
by Anton Chekhov

A beautiful and touching collection of short stories by the master storyteller.

thedouble2The Double
by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

A humourous tale, and one of his earlier works, yet quintessentially Dostoyevsky.

cancerwardCancer Ward
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.

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