Tag Archives: Soviet Union

The Whisperers by Orlando Figes

During Stalin’s reign of terror, everyday people were afraid.  They were afraid their past would come back to haunt them, and they were afraid to say what they really thought. When they did speak, they did so in whispers, because … Continue reading

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Journey Into The Whirlwind by Eugenia Ginzburg

Hailed an important work upon it’s publication in 1967, Journey into the Whirlwind is Ginzburg’s personal account her years in a Soviet prison during the reign of Josef Stalin. As a teenager I read Solhenitsyn’s Gulag Archipelago, and was stunned at the brutality … Continue reading

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The Master And Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

I admit I broke one of my rules when I chose to read this book:  “Never read any book that is described as Magical Realism.”  But, this book is hailed as a classic – a window into World War II Soviet … Continue reading

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The Child Thief by Dan Smith

The year is 1930 and the location is the western Ukraine of the Soviet Union.  Luka is a former soldier turned farmer, trying to quietly raise his family in a small town far removed from the political turmoil that is … Continue reading

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Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith

I don’t usually read thrillers, but I have to say Child 44 is exceptional.  Perhaps it’s the historical fiction loving side of me, perhaps it’s my fascination with political systems, but Tom Rob Smith’s book is gripping, informative, and a … Continue reading

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The Downing Street Years by Margaret Thatcher

All I can say is “I can’t believe I took so long to read this!”  I have owned this book for 20 years, and for 20 years it has sat on my shelf collecting dust.  I have always been a … Continue reading

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Nureyev: a Life by Julie Kavanagh

I’m a lover of classical ballet, and decided a couple of years ago to read and collect dance biographies.  Believe it or not, they are not always easy to find.  They go out of print quickly, so when I had … Continue reading

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