Thursday, November 27, 2014
Russia- Books Update from The New York Times
By STEPHEN KOTKIN
The first volume of a new biography argues that Stalin had social as well as organizational skills.
PETRUSHEVSKAYA. Translated by ANNA SUMMERS.
In three tales, women contend with ne'er-do-well children and the pressures of communal living.
By EMMANUEL CARRÈRE.
Translated by JOHN LAMBERT.
After a career as a poet, butler and media celebrity, Eduard Limonov helped organize a group of nationalist thugs.
By MASHA GESSEN
Masha Gessen recounts the literary history of Moscow and describes why she's become disillusioned with the city of her birth.
The author, most recently, of "The Escape" was a library rat growing up: "Libraries are the mainstays of democracy. The first thing dictators do when taking over a country is close all the libraries, because libraries are full of ideas."
By PETER POMERANTSEV
A British television producer's foray into the "surreal heart" of 21st-century Russia.
By KAREN DAWISHA
A damning account of Vladimir Putin's rise to power and his plans to restore Greater Russia.
By ISMAIL KADARE.
Translated by DAVID BELLOS.
The Moscow of Ismail Kadare's novel is full of young writers who live and drink together.
By BRIAN MOYNAHAN
Shostakovich's composition for a besieged Leningrad.