Search Results: "Arkady Babchenko"


BOOK REVIEW

ONE SOLDIER’S WAR by Arkady Babchenko
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"'War always smells the same—diesel oil and dust tinged with sadness,' Babchenko reflects. A harrowing, masterfully written tale that, like Anthony Swofford's Jarhead and Mark Bowden's Black Hawk Down, bears promise of becoming a classic of modern war reportage."
Apocalypse Now? The guys on the boat had it easy, as this memoir from the Chechnya front demonstrates within a few sentences. Read full book review >

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THE INVENTION OF RUSSIA by Arkady Ostrovsky
NON-FICTION
Released: June 7, 2016

"An astute, accessible, illuminating navigation of the idea that the 'only consistent feature in Russia's history is its unpredictability.'"
A focused, bracing look at how the control of the media has helped plot the Russian political trajectory from dictatorship and back again. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 24, 1992

"Nonetheless, he presents an engrossing examination of a phenomenon that may lie at the heart of the failure of Soviet Communism. (Twelve pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
In an absorbing but not really shocking (despite its subtitle) account, investigative journalist Vaksberg (The Prosecutor, p. 39), reveals the ``Soviet mafia''—the criminal network that, with the connivance of high-level Communist party and Soviet officials, has corrupted Soviet society, plundered its economy, and perpetrated crimes against individuals. Read full book review >

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STALIN AGAINST THE JEWS by Arkady Vaksberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 22, 1994

"One hopes that a more comprehensive and comprehensible retelling of this story will become available soon."
Given the importance of its subject, relatively unexplored, and the talents of its author (The Prosecutor, 1991), this must be judged a major disappointment. Read full book review >

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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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MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 15, 1995

"A snoozy contribution to the cottage industry of vampire publishing."
The second in a proposed trilogy (Covenant with the Vampire, 1994, not reviewed): an atmospheric, intermittently sexy, over-subplotted prequel to Bram Stoker's classic. Read full book review >

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TATIANA by Martin Cruz Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"Anyone who enjoys crime novels but hasn't read Smith is in for a treat. Read this book, then look for other Arkady Renko adventures."
In Smith's latest Arkady Renko novel, the Russian investigator seeks the truth about a young reporter's apparent suicide. Read full book review >

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CONFESSIONS OF A FALLEN STANDARD-BEARER by Andreï Makine
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

An early (1992) novel by the Russian-born author whose Dreams of My Russian Summers (1997) and other fiction (all written in French) offer meditative ruminations on and muted celebrations of boyhood, romantic imagination, and first love. Read full book review >

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HAVANA BAY by Martin Cruz Smith
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1999

"A strong, satisfying addition to one of the most memorable and idiosyncratic series of modern thrillers. (Book-of-the-Month Club main selection; Author tour)"
The welcome return of one of the two (along with George Smiley) most memorable characters in modern thrillers. Read full book review >