Search Results: "Alexei Gessler"


BOOK REVIEW

RUSSIAN GYPSY TALES by Yefim Druts
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Dec. 20, 1992

"As a collection of gypsy folklore, this seems to be unique; for readers or storytellers, it's a treasure trove. (Folklore. 6+)"
In the well-regarded ``International Folk Tale Series,'' a grand collection of 36 tales, the fascinating result of the long interaction between the self-reliant gypsies and their reluctant Russian neighbors, as collected by two Moscow researchers. Read full book review >

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THE LAST RED AUGUST by Alexei Malashenko
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 10, 1993

"Aided by spy-novelist Olcott's deadpan translation, Malashenko generally succeeds in balancing melodrama with comedy, though there are times when this first novel reads an awful lot like Friday the Thirteenth for grown-ups."
A comic-opera primer on the anti-Gorbachev coup in August 1989. Read full book review >

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THE BOY ON THE BRIDGE by Natalie Standiford
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"An unlikely love story set in an unusual time and place; there are no happy endings or easy resolutions here. (Romance. 14 & up)"
A young woman studying abroad in Leningrad in the early 1980s falls for a young man she meets there in this uniquely suspenseful romance. Read full book review >

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TSARINA by J. Nelle Patrick
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 27, 2014

"Romance, adventure, magic and history blend seamlessly into a story that is not just historically sensitive and gloriously thrilling—it's essential moral reading. (Historical fantasy. 12 & up)"
A Russian countess, Natalya Kutepov passionately fights the Red revolutionaries in an attempt to save her country, her heart and a precious Fabergé egg. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MUSIC OF A LIFE by Andreï Makine
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"A masterly dramatization of 'the disconcerting simplicity with which broken lives are lived.'"
With matchless delicacy and economy, Makine (Requiem for a Lost Empire, 2001, etc.) chronicles a talented musician's victimization by the Stalinist purges of the WWII years. Read full book review >