Search Results: "Andrew Bromfield"


BOOK REVIEW

BUDDHA'S LITTLE FINGER by Victor Pelevin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2000

"Buddha's Little Finger is, by comparison, a messy and self-indulgent performance; still, in it's ornery bifurcated way, it's another uniquely interesting book from a spectacularly talented and brainy writer."
A strangely discordant yet generally quite compelling political novel from the prize-winning (and remarkably productive) young Russian writer (The Life of Insects; A Werewolf Problem in Central Russia, both 1998, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE NAKED PIONEER GIRL by Mikhail Kononov
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2004

"Outrageously funny for the first few chapters, but wears very thin and becomes quite tedious in short order: Kononov's humor depends on familiarity with the pomposities of Soviet mythology that will be lost on most Americans."
Over-the-top first novel from Russia that butchers an entire stockyard full of sacred communist cows in its account of the military and erotic exploits of a 15-year-old girl during the Siege of Leningrad. Read full book review >

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THE LIGHT AND THE DARK by Mikhail Shishkin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"Shishkin expects his readers to do some serious decoding; whether it's worth the effort is an open question."
This novel by acclaimed Russian author Shishkin is an experimental work about two young lovers kept forever apart. Read full book review >

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THE TURKISH GAMBIT by Boris Akunin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2005

"Solid historical background and a dryly jaundiced view of the rivalries among military heroes and wannabes don't elevate this period piece or its stock characters to the realm of Fandorin's remarkable retro puzzler Murder on the Leviathan (2004)."
Imperturbable Titular Counselor Erast Petrovich Fandorin hunts a traitor who's undermining Russian efforts against the Ottoman Empire in 1877. Read full book review >

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THE STATE COUNSELLOR by Boris Akunin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 4, 2017

"Through every twist and turn, both Akunin and his hero maintain an imperturbable decorum that makes this the most ceremonious tale of terrorism and counterterrorism you're ever likely to read."
Readers who think State Counsellor Erast Petrovich Fandorin has encountered every kind of criminal plot imaginable (He Lover of Death, 2010, etc.) can cheer him as he matches wits with a problem both more traditional and more modern: a cabal of up-to-the-minute terrorists in czarist Russia. Read full book review >

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THE SACRED BOOK OF THE WEREWOLF by Victor Pelevin
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 8, 2008

"A complex, expansive, explosive novel—at times brilliant, at other times tedious—and definitely not for every taste."
The werewolf of the title is both literally and metaphorically a fox, a 2,000-year-old Muscovite prostitute in the body of a 15-year-old. Read full book review >

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BUTTERFLY SKIN by Sergey Kuznetsov
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"Even though the plot tends to wander, the creepy atmosphere of this perverse thriller will keep you coming back."
This Russian cult hit, first published there in the 1990s, proves that Russian sexual obsessives and serial killers aren't much different from familiar American ones. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: April 18, 2006

"Admirers of Pelevin's fiction should attempt it. But it's too much of a maze—and there's nothing to show the way out."
The classical myth is reinterpreted with black-comic brio in this odd new novel from the internationally acclaimed Russian author (The Life of Insects, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >

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HOMO ZAPIENS by Victor Pelevin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 18, 2002

"A little too scattered and willfully antic to rank with Pelevin's best. Nevertheless, further proof that this merry satirist wears the mantle of Gogol, Bely, and Bulgakov with more flair than almost any other contemporary novelist."
The world of advertising gets a richly comic comeuppance in this latest (1999) novel by the hip absurdist (Buddha's Little Finger, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >

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MURDER ON THE LEVIATHAN by Boris Akunin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 4, 2004

"The imperial/aristocratic milieu pays homage to Agatha Christie, the fiendlishly clever Chinese-box plotting to Ellery Queen. Akunin's most distinctive contribution is a tone of dryly amused irony that continues to the last sad line."
This exemplary retro period puzzler, a Russian bestseller, pits two detectives against each other in a race to pick the murderer from a table of first-class passengers aboard a British steamship's maiden voyage. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE DOOMED CITY by Arkady Strugatsky
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2016

"An intriguing, if somewhat vague, speculative tale."
A mysterious story about a surreal city from Russian science-fiction masters the Strugatsky brothers, translated into English for the first time. Read full book review >

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THE DANCER FROM KHIVA by Bibish
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"A candid tale of survival as a woman and a member of an ethnic minority."
Raw, folksy memoir by a woman who migrated from Uzbekistan to Russia and made a good life for herself and her family. Read full book review >