The Book Review Podcast with Marc Maron
On this week’s podcast, Sebestyen talks about “Lenin”. - Hear the full podcast
Orban: Europe’s New Strongman by Paul Lendvai
The rise of Hungary’s nationalist leader is a sign of what’s to come in eastern Europe - Read full article
St Petersburg: three centuries of murderous desire
Chaos and cruelty have dogged St Petersburg ever since its creation - Read full article
China Mieville's take on the Russian Revolution is wonderfully dated
October reminds me of the Marxist histories of my youth - except it’s rather better written... - Read full article
Public joy and private panic
A review of The Last Empire: The final days of the Soviet Union, by Serhii Plokhy. Newly unearthed material sheds fresh light on the...
A Pole's view of the Czechs. Who cares? You will
A review of Gottland, by Mariusz Szczygiel, a profoundly funny book about how one copes with tyranny. - Read full article
Revolutionary Russia 1891-1991 by Orlando Figes
Orlando Figes’ bestselling A People’s Tragedy, first published nearly 20 years ago, is one of the most compelling of all accounts of the...
Gavrilo Princip - The Trigger by Tim Butcher
Gavrilo Princip – history's ultimate teenage tearaway. A review of The Trigger, by Tim Butcher. A triumphant and original account of the...
Moscow, December 25 1991 by Conor O'Clery
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...
The Road by Vasily Grossman
An outstanding collection from one of Russia’s greats who dared to write against the wishes of the authorities. - Read full article
Encounter by Milan Kundera
Having had Rushdie and Coetzee defend him, Milan Kundera’s reflections on other writers shed some light on his own tricky past. - Read...
The Red Flag by David Priestland
In the 1980s, the Polish economist Bronislaw Kaminski used to make an observation that confused liberal, leftist and even some...