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Subject: Looking for historical fiction set in St. Petersburg, Russia
Date Posted: 1/18/2008 8:07 PM ET
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I'd like to read some fiction set in St. Petersburg (Russia).  Does anyone have any recommendations?  Any genre or time period sounds good to me.  Thank you for your suggestions!

Date Posted: 1/18/2008 8:49 PM ET
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Was The Kitchen Boy or Rasputin's Daughter set in St Petersburg?  What about The Romanov Prophecy?  I want to say yes for the three, partially set there at least.  Someone else may know for sure.

Date Posted: 1/18/2008 10:06 PM ET
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I'm reading an incredible book (although a bit smutty in parts) called "The Bronze Horseman" by Paullina Simons. It is about the Siege of Leningrad.

There's also "The Madonnas of Leningrad" by Debra Dean, also about the siege.  I agree with the above, "Rasputin's Daughter" is about Leningrad as well, but "The Kitchen Boy" really is after the tsar and his family were evacuated.

Date Posted: 1/18/2008 10:42 PM ET
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Mimi, I am having The Madonnas of Leningrad shipped to me as we speak.  Did you enjoy it?

Date Posted: 1/18/2008 10:56 PM ET
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Isn't Anna Karenina set (at least partly) in St Petersburg?

Date Posted: 1/18/2008 11:03 PM ET
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Yes, I loved it.

I do think Anna Karenina was set in St. Petersburg, Lisa.

Date Posted: 1/19/2008 7:46 AM ET
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Most of Dostoyevsky's novels are set in St. Petersburg, where he lived. My favorite is The Idiot, but some find them fairly depressing.

I haven't read it, but there's a romance called The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons that takes place in WWII St. Petersburg.

Here's some Web pages that might help:

Popular Historical Fiction Set in Russia

Book Subject: St. Petersburg

Genie

Date Posted: 1/19/2008 10:11 AM ET
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Thanks so much for the suggestions so far.  I have read and enjoy quite a bit of the classic Russian fiction (Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Solzhenitsyn, Pushkin, etc), and I'm looking for something lighter maybe that paints a picture of the city.  I'm off to check out all of your ideas!

Date Posted: 1/19/2008 1:40 PM ET
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You might want to try Ruslan by Barbara Scrupski, especially if you've read the classics like Anna Karenina. You'll have fun coming across the famous characters that make small appearances in Ruslan. There are several characters from Tolstoy's books too. In the back of the book, there is a list of the characters that make guest appearances so after you've finished, you can check the list and see if you were able to spot everyone. The main character got on my nerves just a bit, but overall, it was an adventurous story that I enjoyed.

I also enjoyed The Ice Road by Gillian Slovo. If I'm not mistaken, I do believe that a part of the book is set in St. Petersburg, but the majority of it is set in different locales. It takes place during World War II and tells a great story.



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Date Posted: 1/19/2008 1:41 PM ET
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Date Posted: 1/19/2008 5:46 PM ET
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Oh thanks, Valli! I'm off to add those to my list too.

Another idea that I had was Ruska by Edward Rutherford. I don't remember how much of it actually took place in St. Petersburg, though.

Date Posted: 1/24/2008 11:43 AM ET
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I loved The Bronze Horseman, and there are 2 or 3 sequels to it, but they aren't set in Russia.  I am adding a bunch of these recommendations to my RL!