The Best Russian Books in English

Forget War and Peace: this blog offers reviews of fun and interesting Russian books in English, links to their Amazon pages, interviews with new and upcoming Russian authors, with the emphasis on Russian genre fiction: LitRPG, science fiction, fantasy, thrillers, romance, mystery and other popular reads.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Across Siberia Alone: a book that can't be missed!

Hi guys,

Across Siberia Alone; An American Woman's Adventureswas originally published in 1914 and offers a unique cross-section of the pre-WWI Russian society. The author, Helena Crumett Lee, gives a rich, detailed and unbiased view of the Russian Empire as she travels from China through Siberia to Moscow. She pays especial attention to money and leaves us a priceless (literally) report about the cost of living in the early 1910s Russia.

This book is a treasure trove for anyone who wants to write about the period. The links here are to the site because, for some reason, the book is muuuch cheaper there than it is in the US. I'm very excited because I collect this sort of first-hand testimonies which are each worth a thousand history books.


  1. The book's copyright has expired. There are free copies for e-readers available.

  2. Oh, great news, thank you, I'll have to look into that!