In recent decades, Western intellectuals have been discussing the possible decline and fall of the West on the global stage, but the voices of Russian intellectuals are rarely heard in such discussions. In "The Code of Civilization", Russian academic Vyacheslav Nikonov offers his take on the rapidly shifting power dynamics in the current world order.
In "Mebet", contemporary novelist Alexander Grigorenko seeks to bring alive some of the folkloric traditions of the Russian taiga with a modern twist, creating a story that is part fantasy, part myth, and part allegory.
Throughout the 1990's and into the 2000's, Marci Shore lived and studied in the former USSR states of Poland and the Czech Republic, seeking to understand the legacy of the former totalitarian regimes. In this uneven but disquieting book, she soon discovers that the Soviet past still hasn't ended, and is shaping the present in many unsettling ways.
Ryszard Kapuściński (1932-2007) overcame humble beginnings and a war-torn childhood to become the most famous journalist of the 20th century, covering revolutions from around the globe and creating a form of literary journalism all his own. In this biography, Artur Domosławski sets out on a quest to disentangle fact from fiction, and the man from the myth.
In 1878, the Governor of St. Petersburg was shot at point-blank range in an assassination attempt. To everyone's surprise, the perpetrator was a young woman named Vera Zasulich, whose violent act seemed to form an odd contrast with her quiet demeanour. In this story of radicalism, Ana Siljak uncovers how one seemingly ordinary woman triggered the birth of Russian Terrorism.
Alexey Wangenheim was an accomplished meteorologist and devoted Communist, until his career came to an abrupt end with his arrest and deportation to Siberia in 1934. In "Stalin's Meteorologist", Olivier Rolin sets out to retrace the Gulag experiences and mysterious disappearance of a man almost lost to history.
In this gripping history, Russian journalist Mikhail Zygar takes readers on a colourful, panoramic journey of the final two decades leading up to one of the seismic events of the 20th century: the collapse of the old order of the Romanov Tsars, and the birth of the Russian Revolution.
The most famous literary works associated with the Gulag tend to be those by political prisoners . . . but this startling memoir gives us a glimpse into the system from a prison guard's point of view.