The 33 Worst Mistakes Writers Make About Russia
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Here, I'll be happy to answer your questions about the book and Russia in general. What is the book about?It's all about telling you what life in Russia really is, and was, like.
"Don't Be The Writer Who
Betrays Your Protagonist and
Leaves Him Helpless
In A Strange Country!"
Sending their fictional secret agents to Russia, espionage writers like Graham Greene and Ian Fleming have committed errors which in real life could cost their undercover heroes’ lives. In his masterpiece The Human Factor, Graham Greene made 16 mistakes on 9 pages when describing Russian characters and settings.
In those days of the Cold War, writers didn’t have Russian experts to advise them. YOU DO!
Irene is a native Russian speaker, born and raised in the USSR. Neil has spent the last twenty years studying Russian history and culture. Between the two of us, we know most of what there is to know about the Russians’ everyday life, their background and values.
More than that, we are writers ourselves. We know what a difference the right details make to a story… and how hard they often are to come by.
We Have The Information You Need
To Bring Your Russian Characters To Life!
Let us show you what Russians really feel, think and say. From drinking habits to Stalinist mentality, from travel tips to accent advice, WE’VE GOT IT COVERED.
If you’ve seen too many Hollywood movies, your idea of Russia is a set of dated, hilarious cliches. Read this book to find out why:
- A Russian wouldn’t frog-dance unless he was a Red Army Choir member – read Mistakes Twenty-Two and Twenty-Three to discover the biggest myths about Russian popular culture.
- Do you think Soviet Russians called each other Comrade? Read Mistake One to find out why they wouldn’t… and learn the protocol of using the Comrade word.
- How about Russian names? Read Mistake Three to find out why your Soviet-era character is highly unlikely to be called Ivan… and see lists of period-related Russian names.
In The 33 Worst Mistakes Writers Make About Russia, you’ll discover:
- Which calendars Russians used during different periods, and how to calculate them
- What kind of houses Russian and Soviet people used to live in and how those houses were heated, furnished and equipped
- Why using Russian swear words in your book is not always a good idea
- How those NKVD officers really felt about their jobs
The book contains many useful extras. Area phone codes, lists of public holidays by period, top 10 Soviet household must-haves, a period-related list of most popular Russian movies, even a top 10 list of dogs’ and cats’ names...
Lots of details to make your story ring true!
The Internet is packed with information about Russia. SOME OF IT IS WRONG. How can you be sure which facts are correct and which are a lot of old cobblers?
We include links to RELIABLE sources
to help you with your own research.
This book is your guide to Russia and its people throughout history. Pick up your copy today– and get your Russian settings and characters just right!