Search Results: "Boris Kolonitskii"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Not a bad idea, but still a theme in search of evidence."
An original but not very successful attempt to illuminate the political culture of the Russian Revolution by looking at its language and symbols. Read full book review >

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Released: March 10, 1989

A Yugoslav ÇmigrÇ's tendentious but generally absorbing account of his WW II experiences. Read full book review >

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BLUES FOR A BLACK CAT by Boris Vian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 17, 1992

"As well rendered by Julia Older, this Vian sampler—in its first English translation—is just about a perfect dose for reintroduction of this attractively inconsequential but easy-to- take, classically bohemian figure."
Jazz musician, translator of American hard-boiled detective fiction, librettist, pataphysician, Vian (1920-59) was a sort of anti-Camus: an outlaw, a rebel, a dashingly handsome existentialist cafe-figure, yet also a trickster with the lightest of touches, everything about him made of whimsy and enthusiasm, and hardly a dark shading to be found. Read full book review >

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DON'T LET MY BABY DO RODEO by Boris Fishman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"A comic novel about parenting infused with emotional intelligence."
The parents of an eccentric adopted child head west to explore his roots and learn a few things about their own. Read full book review >

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VISIBILITY by Boris Starling
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2007

"Multi-layered fiction playing skillfully with shades of fact."
Character-driven international spy thriller set during the deep London fog of 1952. Read full book review >

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DEADLY BONES by Boris Riskin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 19, 2008

"Heavy-handed plotting and a plethora of Shakespearean quotations—though Riskin does a fine job giving details about the laying on of tefillin."
A retired English teacher who had private-eye business cards printed up as a lark solves his second case. Read full book review >

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A REPLACEMENT LIFE by Boris Fishman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 3, 2014

"A smart first novel that's unafraid to find humor in atrocity."
An ambitious young writer compromises his integrity for the sake of his Russian forebears in Fishman's darkly comic, world-wise debut. Read full book review >

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LENIN, HITLER, AND ME by Boris Kochanowsky
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 30, 2016

"A stirring recollection of the impact of global politics on one man's family."
In a posthumously published memoir, a Russian man relives the turbulence of revolution and war in the 20th century. Read full book review >

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SISTER PELAGIA AND THE RED COCKEREL  by Boris Akunin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 18, 2009

"That revelation is so long in coming, though, that newcomers overwhelmed by the rich feast Akunin spreads here may want to begin with the more modest fare offered in earlier volumes (Sister Pelagia and the Black Monk, 2008, etc.)."
The shipboard murder of a man who's both more and less than he seems to be launches Sister Pelagia on her most ambitious case. Read full book review >

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THE CHURCHILL FACTOR by Boris Johnson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 13, 2014

"Despite the author's drifts into hagiography and occasionally contrived prose ('his dentition was assisted by artifice'), reading about Churchill is always a delight, and Johnson is an accomplished, accessible writer."
London mayor Johnson (Johnson's Life of London: The People Who Made the City that Made the World, 2012, etc.) takes a look at the quintessential British leader and his massively widespread influence on global affairs.Read full book review >

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PILGRIM AMONG THE SHADOWS by Boris Pahor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1995

"In an intensely private voice, this ghostly pilgrim succeeds in making readers his confidantes and taking them with him to the place where he lost most of his comrades and much of himself."
A hauntingly evocative wartime memoir by a concentration camp inmate and medic. Read full book review >

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SCRAMBLED EGGS by Boris Riskin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2005

"Riskin's debut is less Brighton than Coney Island, with thrills, spills and double-crosses beyond number."
Trying to dispose of six Fabergé beauties, a retired English teacher runs afoul of nogoodniks. Read full book review >