November 1, 2017

The rise of Hungary’s nationalist leader is a sign of what’s to come in eastern Europe

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June 18, 2017

Chaos and cruelty have dogged St Petersburg ever since its creation

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May 4, 2014

Orlando Figes’ bestselling A People’s Tragedy, first published nearly 20 years ago, is one of the most compelling of all accounts of the Russian Revolution. Figes ended his story in 1924 with the death of Lenin, which, he reckoned, seemed like a good idea at the time, as did many other historians of the subject.

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October 29, 2011

Themes of tyranny and brutality run through this collection for stories, published in English for the first time.

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August 20, 2011

Nobody saw it coming — this superb account re-creates in vivid detail the passing of the Soviet Union 20 years ago. So many moments are instantly identified as “the day the world changed” that it is easy to forget the relevant date — or indeed the event the label is supposed to describe. But it is no hyperbole to tag Christmas Day 1991, when Mikhail Gorbachev resigned as the last leader of the Soviet Union and the Red Flag was lowered from the Kremlin, as one of those dates. Very likely, future historians will judge it to be far more significant than 9/11.

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October 9, 2010

An outstanding collection from one of Russia’s greats who dared to write against the wishes of the authorities.

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August 14, 2010

Having had Rushdie and Coetzee defend him, Milan Kundera’s reflections on other writers shed some light on his own tricky past.

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August 29, 2009

In the 1980s, the Polish economist Bronislaw Kaminski used to make an observation that confused liberal, leftist and even some conservative intellectuals in the West. Communism, he argued, was not a good idea implemented badly, but a terrible idea implemented surprisingly well.

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