“On the Sickle’s Edge” by Neville D. Frankel

On the Sickle’s Edge is a multigenerational saga by Neville Frankel that chronicles the story of a Jewish family through the rise and fall of the former Soviet Union. The story of the Shtein family spans many decades and three continents, and provides a glimpse into how ordinary people lived through turbulent periods of history. TheRead more

Blog Tour & Giveaway: “The Girl Who Fought Napoleon” by Linda Lafferty

The Girl Who Fought Napoleon is a historical fiction novel by Linda Lafferty about a Russian girl named Nadya who cross-dresses in order to join the army and fight in the Napoleonic war. Nadya’s story is interspersed with point-of-view segments from Tsar Alexander as he struggles with balancing his Enlightenment ideals with the harsher reality that accompaniesRead more

“There Once Lived a Mother Who Loved Her Children, Until They Moved Back In: Three Novellas About Family” by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya

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There Once Lived a Mother Who Loved Her Children, Until They Moved Back In is a new collection of novellas from Russian author Ludmilla Petrushevskaya.  Petrushevskaya’s prose is stark and honest, revealing characters’ thoughts and motivations, especially those not fit for polite society.  She writes about messy relationships and broken homes, breaking the illusion ofRead more

“Hard to Be a God” by Arkady & Boris Strugatsky

The Strugatsky brothers are among the classics of Russian/Soviet science fiction, most famous for their novel Roadside Picnic, which became the basis for the film Stalker and its later videogame adaptation.  When I saw that another of their novels was being translated into English, I jumped at the chance to read it. Hard to BeRead more

“The Overcoat” by Nikolai Gogol

Up until this point, I’ve generally been against participating in blog memes.  However, Breadcrumb Reads hosts a Short Stories on Wednesdays meme that I’ve decided will be the exception, as short stories are a very underrated form of writing.  For this week, I’ve chosen The Overcoat by Nikolai Gogol (see link for full text ofRead more