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 6, 2012

A native reader's list of five must-read Russian books in English

Yeah yeah, I know. I'm not going to suggest any of the good old classic titles. War and Peace, Anna Karenina, Master and Margarita, Crime and Punishment, Brothers Karamazov and a few runners-up... you're quite capable of finding them online without me. What I would like to do is direct you towards a few Russian books which are equally good but more fun. Something you haven't heard about. So here goes: a list of my favorite Russian books in English. 

1. Crimson Sailsis a short fantasy novel of love, faith and a life-changing dream that has been nourishing generations of Russian readers. Set in a seaside neverland, it tells the story of Soll: a young girl who lives out a prophecy dreamed-up by a traveling storyteller. A classic in a league of its own, available on Kindle.

 2. The Amphibian This is another fun-and-interesting classic, this time from a pre-war science fiction author Alexander Belyaev. His novels and short stories were remarkable for their dark horror side taken with a healthy dollop of humor. Set in the 1920s Argentina, The Amphibian tells the story of a mad scientist subjecting his adoptive son to a rather cruel experiment... which proved to be a total literary success. In the 1960s, the novel was made into a cult movie The Amphibian Man which, while far removed from the original story, is a delightful work in its own right.

To be continued!

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