Search Results: "Irina Ratushinskaya"


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FICTIONS AND LIES by Irina Ratushinskaya
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2000

"Charm carries Ratushinskaya's debut fiction over its structural hurdles, allowing a look into the challenges and paradoxes of creative life behind the former Iron Curtain."
A suspenseful expedition into the sad, complicated world of 1970s Soviet writers, who apparently spent more time concealing their work to avoid KGB arrest than banging away at typewriters, borrows authenticity and weight from the author's own seven-year imprisonment for "anti-Soviet agitation and propaganda" (the 1988 memoir Grey is the Color of Hope). Read full book review >

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VAMPIRE ELITE by Irina Argo
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY

"An appealing, if slightly unwieldy, read for fans of paranormal romance."
An innovative take on the vampire mythos, fusing erotic romance with dark fantasy. Read full book review >

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SIBERIAN DREAMS by Irina Pantaeva
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Though technically an autobiography, Siberian Dream reads more like an intriguing fairy tale."
Pantaeva, an Eskimo raised in Siberia who quickly shot from being a little girl with big dreams to a young woman with an international modeling career, spins a fantastic biographical saga out of an impressive store of encounters. Read full book review >

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New New York 3000 Years Later by Irina Gajjar
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 26, 2012

"A fine sci-fi debut that offers a glimpse of humankind's future and a sprawling view of our physical and spiritual universe."
In Gajjar's (The Gita, 2007, etc.)sci-fi novel, set thousands of years in the future, political turmoil and religious extremism threaten the happiness, and existence, of everyone on Earth. Read full book review >

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SPECIMEN by Irina Kovalyova
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 29, 2016

"An uneven, but tenderly wrought, collection."
A first collection that explores intersections between different cultures and between science and love. Read full book review >

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THE IMPERIAL WIFE by Irina Reyn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2016

"The stories of two eras and two marriages are related in evocative language steeped in keenly observed details."
The discovery of a historic Russian artifact kicks off a dual narrative of two women separated by centuries but united in grit and ambition. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Russia hands and Net neutrality advocates alike will find plenty to intrigue in this report from the front lines."
Russian civil-liberties watchdogs Soldatov and Borogan (The New Nobility: The Restoration of Russia's Security State and the Enduring Legacy of the KGB, 2010) look at the possibilities of technology for good and ill under the regime of Vladimir Putin.Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 14, 2010

"A relentless investigation that demonstrates how, with Putin's rise, the KSB has taken its place 'at the head table of power and prestige in Russia.'"
Russian journalists Soldatov and Borogan track the troubling rise of the new Russian secret service—the Federal Security Service (FSB). 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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BEAR OF TREES by Ketevan Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 8, 2017

"A funny, dramatic, and sweet story that ought to become a classic."
In this debut illustrated children's book, a young black bear makes a dangerous journey to help the brown bear that she loves. Read full book review >

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MANA by Ovidiu Slavoiu
by Ovidiu Slavoiu translated by Irina Popa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 14, 2013

"A fine sci-fi story about scientists attempting to discover the truth inside all of us."
A highly original debut novel about a scientist making a discovery that defies science. Read full book review >

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WHAT HAPPENED TO ANNA K. by Irina Reyn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 12, 2008

"Although short on tragic impact and mildly anachronistic, this transposition of a 19th-century literary paradigm to the 21st nevertheless offers wit and insight, and a pungent portrait of New York."
In a tricky but deft debut, Anna Karenina is reincarnated as an Upper East Side cougar. Read full book review >