Russia, Churchill's 'riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma' is a country with a remarkable history and a rich literary heritage. It's also the Market Focus of this year's London International Book Fair, so we've put together some of the very best books by and about Russians and their homeland. Wonder at the defiant poetry of Anna Akhmatova, take a frozen journey beyond the Urals with Dervla Murphy or explore a sinister possible future with Dymitry Bykov's Living Souls.
Boris Akunin; Andrew Bromfield
Can Fandorin infiltrate a secret society to save Moscow's youth? A dark and decadent detective story from the master of Russian crime fiction.
A hilarious memoir and travelogue through the Russian Classics
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Born on a train in Stalin's Russia, Rudolf Nureyev was ballet's pop icon. Nureyev's achievements and conquests became legendary: he rose out of Tatar peasant poverty to become the Kirov's...
Stepping out into the dusk of an warm evening, esteemed art critic Sukhanov feels on top of the world. But the year is 1985 and the air is heavy with...
Dmitry Bykov; Cathy Porter
A wide-ranging work dealing with the ideas of language, power and national identity, Living Souls is a comic and thought-provoking novel with tremendous relevance to the present day.
The book that immerses the Cold War in the warm bath of nostalgia.
When Daniel Kalder, acclaimed author of Lost Cosmonaut, descended into the sewers of Moscow in pursuit of the mythical lost city of tramps, he didn't realise that he was embarking...
On 4 October 1957, at the height of the Cold War, the Soviet Union secretly launched Sputnik, Earth's first artificial moon, which passed over the American continent once every 101...
An account of author's 15,000-mile journey through an astonishing country - one twelfth of the land surface of the whole earth. It is the story of a people moving through...
Silverland charts Dervla Murphy's extraordinary expedition through the snowscapes of Far Eastern Russia. No stranger to adventure, the intrepid septuagenarian's mid-winter journey takes her beyond Siberia to the furthest corners...
Anna Politkovskaya; Jon Snow
Covering the period from the Russian parliamentary elections of December 2003 to the tragic aftermath of the Beslan school siege in late 2005, this title is an unflinching record of...
Presents a narrative of the war on the Eastern Front, displacing the dictators and their generals.
Daniil Kharms; Matvei Yankelevich
Daniil Kharms was one of the most iconoclastic writers to emerge from the hotbed of the early Soviet avant garde. Kharms' uniquely deadpan style developed out of - and in...
When Rachel Polonsky went to live in Moscow, she found an apartment block in Romanov Street, once a residence of the Soviet elite. One of those ghostly neighbours was Stalin's...
A brilliant analysis of Putin and the key role a resurgent Russia has to play in world affairs.