/Russia
  • Vasily Grossman and the Soviet Century

    Alexandra Popoff

    From the author of a fine biography of Sophia Tolstoy (2010) this is an excellent life of the literary giant. Born in Berdychiv (incidentally also a birthplace of Joseph Conrad and Vladimir Horowitz), Grossman spent his life witnessing and covering monumental events that gave shape to the 20th century – man-made famine in the Ukraine, battle of Stalingrad, the Holocaust. With his moral compass always set to oppose totalitarianism, he’s not afraid to compare Nazi-crimes and Soviet atrocities, and shows parallels between the two ideologies.

    Hardback £25.00
  • An Impeccable Spy: Richard Sorge, Stalin’s Master Agent

    Owen Matthews

    Ian Fleming described Sorge as “the most formidable spy in history”. This new life draws on recently declassified Russian material and has been widely praised.

    Hardback £25.00
  • Russian Stories

    Edited by Christoph Keller

    Another in the excellent Everyman series (following ‘Venice Stories’ last autumn).

    Hardback £10.99
  • Days in the Caucasus

    Banine

    A memoir of youth in oil-rich Baku in the turbulent early C20th. Think Teffi; think ‘Ali and ‘Nino’.

    Hardback £16.99
  • Natalia Goncharova

    Edited by Matthew Gale

    Presents the full range of her work, from painting to prints and theatre designs, in all its glory. Accompanies the exhibition at the Tate Modern this summer.

    Paperback £25.00
  • Thomas, Lucy and Alatau: The Atkinsons’ Adventures in Siberia and the Kazakh Steppe

    John Massey Stewart

    The extraordinary journeys of the ‘Siberian traveller’ Thomas Atkinson (1799-1861), who spent seven years travelling in the Urals, Kazakhstan and Siberia, and of his equally intrepid fellow-traveller wife. They encountered and befriended several of the exiled Decembrists, and Thomas’s watercolours are a unique topographical record.

    Hardback £25.00
  • The Race to Save the Romanovs

    Helen Rappaport

    The author of Ekaterinburg: The Last Days of the Romanovs (pbk £8.99) picks her way deftly through recently found documents and conspiracy theories in the centenary of those infamous murders.

    Helen Rappaport £25.00
  • The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America

    Timothy Snyder

    The eminent Yale professor is a vociferous and learned defender of our institutions, under threat as they are from C21st propaganda and agitation. His exploration of what has happened in Ukraine in the last few years, among other things, leaves little room for doubt about Russian involvement in affairs at the heart of the US presidency. This is a brilliant analysis, and all the more disturbing because Snyder is an historian, not  a journalist or politician.

    Hardback £25.00
  • The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War

    Ben Macintyre

    From 1973, Oleg Gordievsky – the USSR’s top man in London – was secretly working for MI6. His identity was kept from the Americans. The CIA man who finally identified him was Aldrich Ames, who turned out to be spying for the Soviets. This is a gripping story of treachery and betrayal, culminating in Gordievsky’s dramatic escape from Moscow in 1985.

    Hardback £25.00