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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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 >

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MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 19, 2008

"The lighthearted opening tale is followed by a grisly sequel whose mutilations, many of them described from both the killer's and the investigator's viewpoints, give Patricia Cornwell a run for her money, though without throwing any definitive light on the real-life horrors that inspired them."
Two novella-length cases for Moscow investigator Erast Petrovich Fandorin, the Governor-General's deputy for special assignments (Sister Pelagia and the White Bulldog, 2007, etc.). 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 >

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THE DEATH OF ACHILLES by Boris Akunin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2006

"This time, however, the author's trademark playfulness is subordinated to a relatively sober account that makes this the most straightforward, even conventional, of Fandorin's adventures."
Collegiate Assessor Erast Petrovich Fandorin meets his match when he investigates the death of a beloved Russian general. 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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SISTER PELAGIA AND THE WHITE BULLDOG by Boris Akunin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 30, 2007

"The middling whodunit plays second fiddle to a remarkable achievement: not only to link The Brothers Karamazov to Agatha Christie, but to develop in considerable detail the grounds on which Dostoevsky's tragedy and Christie's escapist puzzles meet."
A Russian nun who could be a cousin of Miss Marple untangles a mystery out of Dostoevsky. Read full book review >

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NONFICTION
Released: June 18, 2007

"Includes photos and a reading list. (Biography. 12-15)"
Lugovskaya began her diary about her life in Moscow in 1932 when she was 13. 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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GIVE ME (SONGS FOR LOVERS) by Irina Denezhkina
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"All edge, no blade. Wait for her next."
Russian youth smoke, drink, fight, make out, hang out: an unremarkable collection about the rough young-adult world for the young-adult reader, though complete with violence, blue language and cigarettes. 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 >