Plotting History: The Russian Historical Novel in the Imperial Age

Ungurianu, Dan. Plotting History: The Russian Historical Novel in the Imperial Age
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The love story between Tatiana and Alexander is compelling, exciting, and made even more powerful by the tragic events around them. Petersburg, so the title alone got my attention. I enjoyed the Russian historical fiction aspects of the book more than the romance. What I loved best about this novel is the perseverance of the human spirit and love through the impossibly difficult times of the siege of Leningrad.

This is book is a memoir of an investment banker that reads like a political thriller with intrigue, mystery, suspense, and murder. You can question the personality and character of Bill Browder himself and the specific details of his story and many readers do , but this book is not about him. Vladimir Pozner is a French-born Russian-American journalist, and that alone makes his views interesting.

TV-bridges were talk shows where Soviet and American studio audiences could interact with each other in a format that seemed almost spontaneous. This memoir, published in , discusses his personal life and his changed attitude to socialism and the Soviet way of life. If you like spy stories, thrillers, and are interested in Cold War history, you will enjoy this book. It is a true story of Adolf Tolkachev, a Soviet engineer who became one of the most valuable spies for the United States.

From to , he provided the US with vast amounts of information about Soviet military capabilities. He does a wonderful job portraying people from the past as if they are living, breathing characters of today and as if he knew them personally. Like in his other books, Robert K. Massie manages to masterfully tell a story of a prominent historic figure by describing her personal life.

The subtitle is Portrait of a Woman , and it perfectly reflects the content of this book. Robert K. Massie shows Catherine the Great as a person and woman first, and a ruler second. The already compelling and inspiring story of Catherine the Great comes to life with the help of a wonderful storyteller. Russian historical fiction at its best. This book is definitely much more than the story of one man, even if that one man changed the historic course of the whole country.

And Peter the Great was the man who made that change and progress possible. Freedom by Jonathan Franzen. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee. Deserted by her lover, Sunja is saved when a young tubercular minister offers to marry and bring her to Japan.

Plotting history: the Russian historical novel in the Imperial Age.

When he grows up, Stephen goes to Oxford as a Rhodes scholar, and stays on to avoid the draft and Vietnam. He marries an Englishwoman, and they experience many of the things the baby boomer generation went through. Later the torch is passed to their children. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides. To understand why Calliope is not like other girls, she has to uncover a guilty family secret, and the astonishing genetic history that turns Callie into Cal.

As he travels a route that takes him from India to Spain, he leaves behind a tale of mad passions and volcanic family hatreds, of titanic matriarchs and their mesmerized offspring, of premature deaths and curses that strike beyond the grave. Bone by Fae Myenne Ng. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri.

On the heels of their arranged wedding, Ashoke and Ashima Ganguli settle together in Cambridge, Massachusetts. An engineer by training, Ashoke adapts far less warily than his wife, who resists all things American and pines for her family. When their son is born, the task of naming him betrays the vexed results of bringing old ways to the new world. Named for a Russian writer by his Indian parents in memory of a catastrophe years before, Gogol Ganguli knows only that he suffers the burden of his heritage as well as his odd, antic name.

Devastated, Sidda begs forgiveness, and postpones her upcoming wedding. United in shared loss and hope, they call themselves the Joy Luck Club. With wit and wisdom, Amy Tan examines the sometimes painful, often tender, and always deep connection between these four women and their American-born daughters. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison. In Babylon by Marcel Moring.

The Romanov Sisters by Helen Rappaport. This non-fiction book chronicles the lives of the mysterious Romanov family.

From the inbreeding of the royals that made for sickly male heirs to the untimely deaths of the Romanov family, this book paints a picture of the last days of the Tsarist Russia. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson.


The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood. A grand narrative hat chronicles the lives of two sisters from a wealthy Ontario family. The Blind Assassin is part historical fiction, fantasy, and mystery.

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I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith. Tells the story of a delightfully eccentric family through the lens of a quirky year-old aspiring writer named Cassandra. A must read! An epic generational family saga set in Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia Canada that follows generations of family members and unearths secrets that will make any reader uncomfortable. Family Matters by Rohinton Mistry. Set in Mumbai, the book opens with and accident that leaves Nariman Vakeel at the mercy of his children and stepchildren who must care for him.

This might be one of the most epic of family sagas. The novel tells the story of Kunta Kinte, an 18 th century African who is captured and sold into slavery. It later follows his life and his descendants all the way down to the the author, Alex Haley. The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls. White Teeth by Zadie Smith. This entire series chronicles generations of royal families as they battle it out for the Iron Throne. This is a fantasy series full of magic, dragons, and plot twists.

Each new book provides new revelations about the characters and secret family ties that drive the plot forward. Chesapeake by James A. Anywhere But Here by Mona Simpson. A moving, often comic portrait of wise child Ann August and her mother, Adele, a larger-than-life American dreamer, the novel follows the two women as they travel through the landscape of their often conflicting ambitions.

A brilliant exploration of the perennial urge to keep moving, even at the risk of profound disorientation, Anywhere But Here is a story about the things we do for love, and a powerful study of familial bonds. Brooklyn by Colm Toibin.

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You might know this book from the beautiful and heartbreaking movie. Eillis Lacey travels to America in search of work, leaving her family and everything she knows behind. The Good Earth by Pearl S. The humble Wang Lung glories in the soil he works, nurturing the land as it nurtures him and his family. Hard times come upon Wang Lung and his family when flood and drought force them to seek work in the city … When Wang Lung shows mercy to one noble and is rewarded, he begins to rise in the world, even as the House of Hwang falls. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe.

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The work is split into three parts, with the first describing his family, personal history, and the customs and society of the Igbo, and the second and third sections introducing the influence of British colonialism and Christian missionaries on the Igbo community. Anne of Green Gables by L. This brooding mansion is haunted by a centuries-old curse that casts the shadow of ancestral sin upon the last four members of the distinctive Pyncheon family of Salem. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. They carry with them everything they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it — from garden seeds to Scripture — is calamitously transformed on African soil. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner. Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson. Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer. Plotting history : the Russian historical novel in the Imperial Age by Dan Ungurianu 16 editions published in in English and held by 1, WorldCat member libraries worldwide "Dan Ungurianu's Plotting History traces the development of the Russian historical novel from its inception in the romantic era to the emergence of Modernism on the eve of the Revolution Organized historically and thematically, the study is focused on the cultural paradigms that shaped the evolution of the genre and are reflected in masterpieces such as The Captain's Daughter and War and Peace.

Ungurianu examines the variety of approaches by which Russian writers combined fact with fiction and explores the range of subjects that inspired the Russian historical imagination. From Gogol to Victory over the sun : trajectories of the Russian avant-garde : collection of essays Book 2 editions published in in Russian and English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide. Ivan Turgenev and his library : an exhibition, 23 January through 10 June Book 1 edition published in in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide.