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Coming up soon in the Russia in Fiction blog

Usually updates twice a week, Thursdays and Sundays.

In its up-coming post, the Russia in Fiction blog will …

… continue along the road to a hundred books reviewed. After a three month break —from late February 2022 onwards— we are firmly back on the path to our century of books reviewed.

The latest post is a novel highly praised by contemporary authors, indeed one called it the best thriller he had ever read: Kolymsky Heights by Lionel Davidson.

Still to come, the promised review of one of one of Katherine Arden’s medieval Russia fantasy books, as well as a sprinkling of thrillers, a couple of newly published novels, and the build-up to an all-time favourite marking the century.

Plenty to look forward to.

The Russia in Fiction blog aims to review 100 works of English-language fiction that portray Russia. The only thing that will stop us will be the treacherous interference of imperialist wreckers. That and the occasional post in the ‘Editorials et al’ category.

The next book reviewed will be the 92nd.

When we get to 100, we will then take a breath and wonder whether to do any more. For details of what this blog is about see here.

1 Comment

  1. Ian

    Hi,
    Love the blog – I used to be an avid Russian spy/thriller reader years ago but I stopped. Thanks to your blog (and Covid) I’ve taken it up again!
    Anyway, I’ve been digging about and came across a book called May Day in Magadan by Anthony Olcott published in 1984. It’s obviously influenced by Gorky Park (disgraced Soviet cop, fur smuggling, corruption, who can he trust?).
    I had low expectations… but I really enjoyed it. The writing is great, the plot is crackles along nicely… but the real star of the show is the city of Magadan.
    It really captures the harsh bleakness of provincial Soviet city life to a tee (the canteen scene really resonates).
    Anyway, I just thought I pass on the recommendation and say how much I’m enjoying you blog!

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