A Gentleman In Moscow

Title: A Gentleman In Moscow Writer: Amor Towles Publishing House: Penguin Random House Date of Publication:  September 6th 2016 Rating: 5 stars ‘’On Saturday, the twenty-first of June 1946, as the sun rose high over the Kremlin, a lone figure climbed slowly up the steps from the Moskva River embankment, continued past St.Basil’s Cathedral, and made his way onto…

The Winter of the Witch (Winternight Trilogy #3)

Title: The Winter of the Witch (Winternight Trilogy #3) Writer: Katherine Arden Publishing House: Random House UK Date of Publication: January 10th 2019 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Yesterday she saved your life, slew a wicked magician, set fire to Moscow and then saved it all in a single night. Do you think she will consent to disappear, for the price of…

Odette

Title: Odette Writer: Jessica Duchen Publishing House: Unbound Date of Publication: 29th November 2018 Ratings: 5 stars ‘’Now I talk but you don’t believe me.’’ My mother and I have a Christmas tradition that we try to follow religiously every year.  Both being avid lovers of ballet, we have associated Christmas with this beautiful form of Art. Usually,…

Russian Christmas Stories

Title: Ρωσικά χριστουγεννιάτικα διηγήματα Writer: Edited by Evgenia Krichevskaya, Eleni Bakopoulou Publishing House: Narkissos Date of Publication: November 2004 Ratings: 5 stars *All quotes translated by me, taken from the Greek original.* ”The great days were approaching.”- this is how a narration or a story about Christmas often starts. […] For the adults these days are indeed ”great”. But they…

Sentimental Tales

Title: Sentimental Tales Writer: Mikhail Zoshchenko (translated by Boris Dralyuk) Publishing House: Columbia University Press Date of Publication: July 31st 2018 Rating: 5 stars ‘’What do you think, Auntie, does man have a soul?’’ Mikhail Zoshchenko is considered one of the greatest Soviet satirists, a genre that flourished in the country, especially during the Soviet era. The six stories…

Egg and Spoon

Title:Egg and Spoon Writer: Gregory Maguire Publishing House: Walker Books Date of Publication:  September 1st 2014 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Your life story is really about how the hands of history caught you up, played with you, and you with them. History plays for keeps; individuals play for time.’’ Prepare for a journey in the mystical land of Russia in…

Child 44

Title: Child 44 Writer: Tom Rob Smith Publishing House: Simon & Schuster Date of Publication: March 3rd 2008 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Brother, if you were a playing card what card would you be? Would you be an ace or a king, a spade or a heart?’’ What a month this has been so far… Gearing up the scheduled readings for…

Anya’s Ghost

Title: Anya’s Ghost  Writer: Vera Brosgol Publishing House: First Second Date of Publication:  June 7th 2011 Rating: 5 stars ‘’No one has the right to decide who gets to live or die.’’ I will tell you straight away that this is so much more than a comic. I thought it would be a cute tale, a whimsical ghost story…

Aetherial Worlds

Title: Aetherial Worlds: Stories  Writer: Tatyana Tolstaya Publishing House: Knopf Publishing Group Date of Publication: March 20th 2018 Rating: 5 stars “It’s dusk, the heavy drapes drawn back. Outside, through the window, there is a crepuscular Saint Petersburg, early evening on snowy streets; a sleigh pulled by a courser silently whooshes by—who’s rushing, and where? To the theater? To a…

Mikhail Baryshnikov’s Stories From My Childhood

Title: Mikhail Baryshnikov’s Stories From My Childhood: Beloved Fairy Tales from the Queen to Cinderella Writer: edited by Joan Borsten Publishing House: Harry N. Abrams Date of Publication: October 1st 2002 Rating: 5 stars In 1998, Mikhail Baryshnikov, one of the greatest ballet dancers the world has ever produced (and will ever produce, in my opinion) hosted a TV series…

The Beauties

Title:The Beauties: Essential Stories Writer: Anton Chekhov Publishing House: Pushkin Press Date of Publication: October 5th 2017 Rating: 5 stars “When you see a broad village street by moonlight, with its huts, haystacks and slumbering willow trees, peace descends on your soul.” Anton Chekhov. Among the greatest of the great Russian writers who created a plethora of the finest…

The Girl In The Tower

 Title: The Girl in the Tower (The Winternight Trilogy #2) Writer: Katherine Arden Publishing House: Penguin Random House Date of Publication: December 5th 2017 ‘’Think of me sometimes’’, he returned, ‘’When the snowdrops have bloomed and the snow has melted.’’ Moving on to the 2nd book of the trilogy immediately after finishing the 1st volume was a no-brainer and…