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  Want to Know More About Russia?   The Lost Spy: An American in Stalin's Secret Service  

The Lost Spy: An American in Stalin's Secret Service

For half a century the case of Isaiah Oggins, a 1920s New York intellectual brutally murdered on Stalin's orders in 1947, remained hidden in the secret file of the Soviet and American intelligence services. It surfaced briefly in 1992, when Boris Yeltsin handed over a dossier to the White House, but the full story of what happened remained a mystery. After eight years of international sleuthing, Andrew Meier here reveals in "a fascinating story brilliantly told" (Orlando Figes) that Oggins was ...... read more

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What is it with the Russians? They seem powerless to resist the grip of a strongman, while at the same time they are masters of subterfuge, corruption, and espionage. And then there is the "Russian soul," the deep thread of humanity running through their society, which has produced some of the world's most beautiful and poignant literature, music, and art.

To better know and understand the forces that have put the world's largest country in the headlines again, we offer books ranging from the stories of Mikhail Bulgakov and Nikolai Leskov to histories of the czars or the Siege of Leningrad; from cold war thrillers with Stalin's KGB to the inside story of Edward Snowden's defection to Russia. Here too you can find the music of Mussorgsky and the documentary exploits of the Russian-American band Bering Strait.
 

 

   

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Romanov Riches: Russian Writers and Artists Under the Tsars  

Romanov Riches: Russian Writers and Artists Under the Tsars

Solomon Volkov. Anotonina W. Bouis, trans.

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In a sweeping cultural history of Russia, stretching from the rise of the Romanovs in 1613 to their downfall three centuries later, Solomon Volkov unwinds the twisted relationship between Russian art ... ... read more

 
Love and Capital: Karl and Jenny Marx and the Birth of a Revolution  

Love and Capital: Karl and Jenny Marx and the Birth of a Revolution

Mary Gabriel.

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(Finalist for the 2011 National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and the National Book Critics Circle Award; Named One of the Year's Best Nonfiction Books by the Washington Post, Boston ... ... read more

 
Prokofiev: Life & Times Series  

Prokofiev: Life & Times Series

Thomas Schipperges. J.M.Q. Davies, trans.


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Sergey Prokofiev (1891–1953) lived a life caught between East and West, traditional and modern. Born in Russia, where he was seen as a musical rebel, he left Russia in the wake of the Revolution and ... ... read more

 
The Enchanted Wanderer: And Other Stories  

The Enchanted Wanderer: And Other Stories

Nikolai Leskov. Richard Pevear & Larissa Volokhonsky, trans.

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Though he began his writing career as a journalist in Kiev and St. Petersburg, and was himself well-educated and widely traveled, Nikolai Leskov (1831–1895) was most inspired by the customs and oral ... ... read more

 
Magritte: (Russian Language)  

Magritte: (Russian Language)

David Sylvester.


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Published by the Menil Collection, which holds one of the world's preeminent collections of works by Belgian surrealist Rene Magritte, this Russian-language catalog presents 30 color plates—many of ... ... read more

 
 
Play and Passion in Russian Fine Art  

Play and Passion in Russian Fine Art

Yevgenia Petrova, ed.

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Russia is a nation that is serious about its games and diversions, as seen in the hundreds of color illustrations in this exhibition catalog, which depicts paintings and sculptures with styles ... ... read more

 
The Holy Thief  

The Holy Thief

William Ryan.

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In 1936 Moscow, Captain Alexei Korolev of the Moscow Militia is assigned to investigate the murder of a woman found on a church altar, in this first book in the series. With the help of Colonel ... ... read more

 
Volk's Shadow: A Novel  

Volk's Shadow: A Novel

Brent Ghelfi.

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Following an apparent terrorist attack, the headquarters of an American oil company pours chemical-pink smoke into the Moscow night, in this breathlessly paced sequel to Volk's Game. A Russian ... ... read more

 
The Bloody White Baron: The Extraordinary Story of the Russian Nobleman Who Became the Last Khan of Mongolia  

The Bloody White Baron: The Extraordinary Story of the Russian Nobleman Who Became the Last Khan of Mongolia

James Palmer.

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Few modern figures are as sinister and sadistic as Baron Ungern-Sternberg, an Austrian-born nobleman who fought in the Russian Army until the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution. Beijing-based traveler and ... ... read more

 
Vladimir Horowitz: Great Moments—Horowitz Live at Carnegie Hall  

Vladimir Horowitz: Great Moments—Horowitz Live at Carnegie Hall

Vladimir Horowitz, piano. Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone. New York Philharmonic. George Szell, conductor.


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The breadth and depth of Horowitz's artistry are on full display in this thrilling anthology of pieces he performed in his many spectacular concerts at Carnegie Hall. They include the Sonata in G ... ... read more

 
 
The Terminal Spy  

The Terminal Spy

Alan S. Cowell.

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After sipping tea in a London hotel, former KGB officer Alexander Litvinenko, a vocal critic of the Kremlin, fell ill and was rushed to the hospital. Within days he was dead, poisoned by a rare ... ... read more

 
The Eitingons: A Twentieth-Century Story  

The Eitingons: A Twentieth-Century Story

Mary-Kay Wilmers.


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In this stunning family saga that mixes the fur trade, psychoanalysis, and Trotsky, Leonid Eitingon was a KGB assassin who dedicated his life to the Soviet regime. He was in China in the early 1920s, ... ... read more

 
Engineers of the Soul: In the Footsteps of Stalin's Writers  

Engineers of the Soul: In the Footsteps of Stalin's Writers

Frank Westerman.


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This is the story of two journeys—one literal, one imaginary—through contemporary Russia and through Soviet-era literature. Writers of renown, described by Stalin as "engineers of the soul," were ... ... read more

 
Leningrad: Hero City: Images of War: Rare Photographs From Wartime Archives  

Leningrad: Hero City: Images of War: Rare Photographs From Wartime Archives

Nik Cornish.

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The entire course of history's deadliest siege is covered here, from the Germans' September 1941 encirclement of Leningrad, through the Red Army's desperate attempts to stave off the Wehrmacht, to ... ... read more

 
Just Send Me Word: A True Story of Love and Survival in the Gulag  

Just Send Me Word: A True Story of Love and Survival in the Gulag

Orlando Figes.


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Lev and Svetlana, lovers in Stalin's Soviet Union, were kept apart for 14 years—first by World War II, and then by the paranoid caprices of Stalin's Gulag, where Lev was sent for an imagined offense. ... ... read more

 
 
The Murder of Nikolai Vavilov: The Story of Stalin's Persecution of One of the Twentieth Century's Greatest Scientists  

The Murder of Nikolai Vavilov: The Story of Stalin's Persecution of One of the Twentieth Century's Greatest Scientists

Peter Pringle.


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The former Moscow bureau chief of London's Independent and the author of Food, Inc., Peter Pringle re-creates the extraordinary life and tragic end of a brilliant geneticist who fell ... ... read more

 
Snowdrops  

Snowdrops

A.D. Miller.

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(2011 Man Booker Prize Finalist) Nick Platt is a British lawyer working in Moscow at the turn of the 20th century, in this remarkable debut novel from Economist editor A.D. Miller. The ... ... read more

 
Origins of the Russian Avant-Garde  

Origins of the Russian Avant-Garde

Deborah Horowitz, ed.

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This richly illustrated catalog documents an exhibit presented by the State Russian Museum at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore. With essays and commentary by Russian and Western curators, it looks ... ... read more

 
The Attic  

The Attic

Danilo Kis. John K. Cox, trans.

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In 1950s Belgrade, a young man known only as Orpheus is on a quest to balance his life, his loves, and his art, in this comic 1962 novel by Serbian author Danilo Kiš. Orpheus and his friends ... ... read more

 
The Ballad of Bering Strait  

The Ballad of Bering Strait

Bering Strait. Nina Gilden Seavey, director.


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This road film from 2003 documents the odyssey of a group of classically trained Russian musicians on their pursuit of country music stardom. Emmy Award-winning director Nina Gilden Seavey follows ... ... read more

 
 
Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky  

Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky

Mads Mikkelson, Anna Mouglalis, Elena Morozova & others. Jan Kounen, director.

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This glamorous 2009 biopic about two revolutionary artists begins in 1913 with Coco Chanel attending the disastrous Paris premiere of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring. Unlike the crowd, she is ... ... read more

 
Alger Hiss: Why He Chose Treason  

Alger Hiss: Why He Chose Treason

Christina Shelton.

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In 1948 former U.S. State Department official Alger Hiss, a participant at the Yalta Conference and the formation of the United Nations, was accused of having been a Soviet spy in the 1930s. Because ... ... read more

 
The Polish Complex  

The Polish Complex

Tadeusz Konwicki. Richard Lourie, trans.

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On Christmas Eve, a line of people—including the narrator, whose name is Konwicki—wait for a Warsaw jewelry store to open, in this 1977 novel by the author of A Minor Apocalypse. The narrator ... ... read more

 
The Lute and the Scars  

The Lute and the Scars

Danilo Kis. Adam Thirlwell, preface. John K. Cox, trans.

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At the time of his death in 1989, internationally esteemed Serbian author Danilo Kiš left behind this cache of seven short stories. Many of these semi-autobiographical tales are set against a ... ... read more

 
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