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Ten books about Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union

  • Oct 10, 2010
1
The Siege
An fictional account of one family's experience during the siege of Leningrad during the Great Patriotic War
See the full review, "The Siege - a worthwhile if flawed, read".
2
The Last Station: A Novel of Tolstoy's Final Year
A brilliant fictionalised account of the final years of the great Russian author Leo Tolstoy
3
How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone
A compelling story about the wartime experiences of a Bosnian refugee who left his country as a child. Plenty of black humour keeps this harrowing account utterly readable
See the full review, "How Sasa Stanisic captures my imagination".
4
A Partisan's Daughter
From the author of "Captain Corelli's Mandolin", "A Partisan's Daughter" is a Balkan Arabian Nights
See the full review, "Tales from the time of Tito".
5
The Cellist of Sarajevo
The siege of Sarajevo from the point of view of three characters.
6
Fools Rush In: A True Story of War and Redemption
How Bill Carter persuaded the rock band U2 to get involved in bringing the war in Yugoslavia to the attention of the world
7
Ice Road: A Novel
Gillian Slovo's epic account of the siege of Leningrad told many from the point of view of female characters
See the full review, "Leningrad Lives".
8
Black Earth City: A Year in the Heart of Russia
A student describes a year in an remote Russian city spent as part of her degree course
9
The Bridge on the Drina (Phoenix Fiction)
One of the classics of Serbo-Croat fiction
10
Black Lamb and Grey Falcon (Penguin Classics)
One of the best travel books ever written - Rebecca West makes the Balkans come alive

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June 01, 2011
I bought "The Bridge on the Drina" and have yet to finish it. Other than that, I haven't heard or read any of the books on your list. Thanks for the recommendations!
 
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