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By Christopher Culver (trans.) - By Vladimir Gonik -
This is a wonderful and a frustrating book. In part it is a rattling good old-fashioned thriller, such as Fredrick Forsyth might have ...Read Review
By Alexander Grigorenko -
This is historical fiction/fantasy to the extent that it claims to be based on an oral tradition. Mebet is a hunter living ...Read Review
By Andriy Kokotiukha -
This Ukrainian crime novel requires at least some knowledge of the time and place in which it is set, so it is worth ...Read Review
By Novikov Dmitry -
This is a novel about the Russian North, the land of the Pomors, a landscape of lakes and forests, bears and fish, where ...Read Review
By Nicholas Kotar (trans.) - By Zakhar Prilepin -
Solovki. The first Soviet labour camp on an island in the White Sea, the blueprint for what became the Gulag. Originally planned as ...Read Review
By Carol Ermakova (trans.) - By Elena Chizhova -
Little Zinnobers is not an easy read and presents many challenges, especially to an English-speaking readership. Even the title is problematic, coming from ...Read Review
By Alexander Zvyagintsev -
The Nuremberg Trials are about to begin, and the victorious nations are determined that the Nazis will be brought to justice. The USSR’...Read Review
By Vasil Bykau -
This short but powerful novel begins with Ivan Tsyareshka escaping from a Nazi concentration camp in the Austrian Alps and embarking on a ...Read Review
By Margarita Khemlin -
Set in the author’s native Ukraine in the early 1950s, the novel tells of the murder of a young woman. It seems ...Read Review
By Elena Dimov (trans.) - By Maria Rybakova -
Even for those well-versed in Russian literature, Nikolai Ivanovich Gnedich (1784-1833) is hardly a household name, but in his time he was a ...Read Review
Over the last 20 years The Historical Novels Review (the society's print magazine for our members) has published reviews of some 15,000 historical fiction books.
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