The Best Russian Books in English

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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Great Russian Links!

For all of us writers, here're some fabulous links for our USSR-related research. Galleries and galleries of photos of Russian streets, people, equipment, foods, etc. See for yourself what life in Russia and the USSR was about. How people dressed, what Soviet-era rooms and streets looked like, storefronts, tree decorations, all sorts of little details to add authenticity to your story.

Englishrussia.com is the English-speaking community for Russia-related visual research, that's for sure!

Moscow in the 1960s:

http://englishrussia.com/?p=1960

1937-1970s New Year tree decorations:

http://englishrussia.com/?p=528

Miscellaneous photos from various periods:

http://englishrussia.com/?p=308

1970s- 1980s storefronts (soooo realistic!):

http://englishrussia.com/?p=1678

1970s Russian students:

http://englishrussia.com/?p=2255

Late 1950s- early 1960s food posters (all that packaging, milk bottles and serving suggestions to add believable touches to your Russia-set story!):

http://englishrussia.com/?p=1534

Moscow in 1927:

http://englishrussia.com/?p=511

USSR in the 1960s:

http://englishrussia.com/?p=1250

And many, many more. Each page contains links to a dozen others with similar content. These people are just awesome. They may be eaten by nostalgia, but from a writer's point of view, a resource like this is priceless.

There're other similar resources on the Net (some Russian-speaking LJ communities do a great job collecting period-related pics from the Soviet era), so I'll be adding them, as well.

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