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  • [Akhmatova, Anna 1889-1966, pseudonym of Anna Andreyevna Gorenko ] Reeder, Roberta
    ANNA AKHMATOVA: Poet and Prophet.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: St Martin's, (1994.) dj. Hardcover first edition - The definitive biography of this Russian writer, one of the most tragic and greatest poets of the 20th century and a writer who revolutionized modern poetry . The author spent 10 years writing this, has devoted much of her scholarly life to the study of Akhmatova, edited the Complete Poems and had access to hundreds of otherwise restricted documents. Presents a vivid picture of life among Soviet writers during the Revolution, and under Stalin and finally under Krushchev. Photographs. Very entensive notes and bibliography. Index xv, 619 pp. ISBN: 0-312112416.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 37830
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  • KANGAROO. by Aleshkovsky, Yuz.
    Aleshkovsky, Yuz.
    KANGAROO.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, (1986). Hardcover first edition - Russian author's first novel to appear in English - one which takes the term "kangaroo trial" to extremes - set in 1949, this is a savage satire confronting the hypocrisy and cruelty of the Stalinist regime. Translated by Tamara Glenny. 278 pp. ISBN: 0-374180687.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 72932
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  • MULTIPLE EXPOSURE: An American Ambassador's Unique Perspective on East-West Issues. by Beam, Jacob D.
    Beam, Jacob D.
    MULTIPLE EXPOSURE: An American Ambassador's Unique Perspective on East-West Issues.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Norton, (1978) dj. Hardcover first edition - "The author was at or near the center of diplomatic events during the post-World War II years as the superpowers swung from cold war to their cautious approach to co-existence or detente" - he was the charge at the US embassy in Moscow at the time of Stalin's death, involved in granting asylum to Cardinal Mindszenty in Budapest, and witnessed the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1968. Bibliography, index. 317 pp. ISBN: 0-393075192.

    Condition: Fine in very good dust jacket.

    Book ID: 73301
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  • THE WORLD I LEFT BEHIND: Pieces of a Past. by Brezhneva, Luba.
    Brezhneva, Luba.
    THE WORLD I LEFT BEHIND: Pieces of a Past.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Random House, (1995) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - ""Luba Brezhneva, the niece of the former General Secretary, has written a vivid chronicle of a family and its life inside the Soviet system. 'The World I Left Behind' is particularly valuable for its candid portrait of Brezhnev, who presided over the Soviet Union from 1964 to 1982, longer than any other leader except Stalin." (NY Times review). SIGNED on the title page. Introduction by Robert Conquest, translated by Geoffrey Polk. Photographs, index. xvii, 392 pp. ISBN: 0-679-439110.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket (lower corners of a couple of pages creased)

    Book ID: 60427
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  • WE ARE HERE: Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust. by Cassedy, Ellen.
    Cassedy, Ellen.
    WE ARE HERE: Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    Lincoln and London: Nebraska University Press, (2012). First edition - "Cassedy's longing to recover the Yiddish she'd lost with her mother's death eventually led her to Lithuania, once the Jerusalem of the North. As she prepared for her journey, her uncle, sixty years after he'd left Lithuania in a boxcar, made a shocking disclosure about his wartime experience, and an elderly man from her ancestral town made an unsettling request. Gradually, what had begun as a personal journey broadened into a larger exploration of how the people of this country, Jews and non-Jews alike, are confronting their past in order to move forward into the future. . . [this book is] one woman's exploration of Lithuania's Jewish history combined…

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    Lincoln and London: Nebraska University Press, (2012). First edition - "Cassedy's longing to recover the Yiddish she'd lost with her mother's death eventually led her to Lithuania, once the Jerusalem of the North. As she prepared for her journey, her uncle, sixty years after he'd left Lithuania in a boxcar, made a shocking disclosure about his wartime experience, and an elderly man from her ancestral town made an unsettling request. Gradually, what had begun as a personal journey broadened into a larger exploration of how the people of this country, Jews and non-Jews alike, are confronting their past in order to move forward into the future. . . [this book is] one woman's exploration of Lithuania's Jewish history combined with a personal exploration of her own family's place in it." Photographs. List of important dates in Lithuanian history. 273 pp.

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    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 62813
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  • RUSSIAN BEAUTY. by Erofeyev, Victor.
    Erofeyev, Victor.
    RUSSIAN BEAUTY.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Viking, (1993) dj. Hardcover first edition - The author's first novel, set in the Soviet Union, one which combines satire with brutal realism, eroticism with humor. Translated from the Russian by Andrew Reynolds. 343 pp. ISBN: 0-670836060.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket (remainder line)

    Book ID: 75924
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  • THE MAGNET. by Gorki, Maxim.
    Gorki, Maxim.
    THE MAGNET.

    Edition: First American edition.

    New York: Jonathan Cape & Harrison Smith, (1931) dj. Hardcover first edition - Novel which follows 'Bystander' in Gorki's epic Klim Samgin sequence. Translated from the Russian by Alexander Bakshy. 839 pp

    Condition: Good only in black cloth (lettering on spine rubbed, some spotting to the covers, contents clean, binding tight), no dust jacket.

    Book ID: 57196
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  • GEORGIA (Socialist Republics of the Soviet Union) by Illarionov, Arkadi, translator.
    Illarionov, Arkadi, translator.
    GEORGIA (Socialist Republics of the Soviet Union)

    Edition: Paperback.

    Moscow: Novosti Press Agency Publishing, 1987. One of a series of guidebooks to each republic, illustrated throughout with photographs in both full color and black and white. Basic data inside front cover. 88 pp. ISBN: 0802010207.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 56113
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  • ESTONIA (Socialist Republics of the Soviet Union) by Kaera, Ressi.
    Kaera, Ressi.
    ESTONIA (Socialist Republics of the Soviet Union)

    Edition: Paperback.

    Moscow: Novosti Press Agency Publishing, 1987. Translated from the Russian by Oleg Svetlov. One of a series of guidebooks to each republic, illustrated throughout with photographs in both full color and black and white. Basic data inside front cover. 104 pp. ISBN: 0802010207.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 56115
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  • METRO: A Novel of the Moscow Underground. by Kaletski, Alexander.
    Kaletski, Alexander.
    METRO: A Novel of the Moscow Underground.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: The Viking Press, (1985.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Described as a "brilliant and mordant social comedy," the Metro underground of the title refers to both the Moscow subway system and the Bohemian "Moscow underground" network of individualists, actors and artists, con men and black marketeers, all, in their different ways, subverting the Soviet system. Illustrated with drawings by the author. 374 pp. ISBN: 0-670805114).

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket.

    Book ID: 41228
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  • A COLD RED SUNRISE. by Kaminsky, Stuart M.
    Kaminsky, Stuart M.
    A COLD RED SUNRISE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, (1988). dj. Hardcover first edition - The fifth mystery featuring Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov - a "brilliant if unorthodox detective, a champion weight lifter, a loving family man, and a realist in a strange and perverted world. Set in Moscow and in Tumsk in deepest Siberia. Winner of the Edgar Award for best mystery novel. 210 pp. ISBN: 0-684-189054.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 60825
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  • Keane, John.
    VACLAV HAVEL: A Political Tragedy in Six Acts

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Basic Books (Perseus), (2000.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Havel is one of the 20th century's great playwrights, dissidents, and champion of democracy - along with Nelson Mandela he navigated the gulf between political prisoner and President of his country. This authorized biography, based on unrestricted access to Havel, his friends and even his enemies, is the first definitive account of this Czech leader. Photographs, guide to pronunciation, index. 535 pp. ISBN: 0-465-037194.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 34867
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  • ONE MORE YEAR: Stories. by Krasikov, Sana.
    Krasikov, Sana.
    ONE MORE YEAR: Stories.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Spiegel & Grau (Random House), (2008.) dj. Hardcover first edition - The very highly praised first book - a collection of eight short stories - by this author who (like many of her characters) was born in the Ukraine, grew up in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia, and emigrated to the US. Cover praise from Yiyun Li and Khaled Hosseini, among others. 229 pp. ISBN: 9780385524391.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (a new copy.)

    Book ID: 50646
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  • NO BREATHING ROOM: The Aftermath Of Chernobyl. by Medvedev, Grigori.
    Medvedev, Grigori.
    NO BREATHING ROOM: The Aftermath Of Chernobyl.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Basic Books (HarperCollins), (1993) dj. Hardcover first edition - A book by the chief engineer of the Chernobyl nuclear plant at the time of its construction (in 1970) which "relates the grim aftermath of the 1986 disaster and the attempted cover-up by the Gorbachev regime. Medvedev. . . emphasizes that authorities knew about, and covered up, pre-Chernobyl nuclear accidents and near-accidents (particularly the Chelyabinsk explosion in the late 1950s), and he indicates that a combination of secrecy, neglect, ignorance, and bureaucratic callousness prevented responsible officials from anticipating or doing much about potential accidents at other Soviet nuclear facilities." (Kirkus Reviews) Translated from the Russian by Evelyn Rossiter. Introduction by David Marples. Index. 213 pp. ISBN: 0-465051146.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket (remainder line)

    Book ID: 74855
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  • Odell, Peter R.
    OIL AND WORLD POWER : A Geographical Interpretation

    Edition: First American edition.

    New York: Taplinger Publishing Company, (1971.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Include chapters on the U.S.A and World Oil, Soviet Oil Development, Oil Policies in Western Europe, Japan as an oil importer, the dependency of developing countries on oil, etc. A synthesis of geographical, political and economic facts into an understandable volume, one which provides an essential background to understanding current events. Maps & charts. Index, suggestions for further readings. 188 pp. ISBN: 0-800856708.

    Condition: Good in Very Good dust jacket (highlighting in text).

    Book ID: 30594
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  • ZENIA'S WAY. by Polonsky, Abraham.
    Polonsky, Abraham.
    ZENIA'S WAY.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Lippincott & Crowell, (1980) dj. Hardcover first edtion - A novel which spans more than 50 years - it opens in Brooklyn in the 1920s with Zenia, a pre-revolutionary Russian immigrant and an idealistic doctor returning to her struggling country - and ends 50 years later as Zenia, after repression and disillusionment, making her way to Israel. 268 pp. ISBN: 0-690018967.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket.

    Book ID: 67762
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  • THE LAST SPY. by Reiss, Bob.
    Reiss, Bob.
    THE LAST SPY.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, (1993) dj. Hardcover first edition - "Three Soviet spies living undetected among Washington insiders for fifteen years confront the collapse of the Soviet Union in this well-wrought thriller." (Publishers' Weekly) 300 pp. ISBN: 0-671776223.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 72708
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  • RED SQUARE. by Smith, Martin Cruz.
    Smith, Martin Cruz.
    RED SQUARE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Random House, (1992.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Third mystery featuing Inspector Arkady Renko, set in Moscow. 418 pp. ISBN: 0-679-416889.

    Condition: Very near fine in a near fine dustjacket. (price-clipped.)

    Book ID: 53503
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  • RED SQUARE. by Smith, Martin Cruz.
    Smith, Martin Cruz.
    RED SQUARE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Random House, (1992.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Third mystery featuring Inspector Arkady Renko, set in Moscow. SIGNED on the titlepage. 418 pp. ISBN: 0-679-416889.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 42971
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  • CHILD 44. by Smith, Tom Robb,
    Smith, Tom Robb,
    CHILD 44.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Grand Central Publishing, (2008.) dj. Hardcover first edition - The author's very powerful and highly acclaimed first novel, set in Stalinist Russia, in the years after World War II, this is the story a Russian secret police officer who is framed by a colleague, imprisoned, demoted and banished to a small town, but who risks all to solve a series of child murders. Winner of the Thriller Award for best first novel. 439 pp. Map endpapers. ISBN: 0-446-402389.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (a new copy, but with a remainder line.)

    Book ID: 48089
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  • THE SECRET SPEECH. by Smith, Tom Robb,
    Smith, Tom Robb,
    THE SECRET SPEECH.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Grand Central Publishing, (2009.) dj. Hardcover first edition - The second novel featuring former MGB officer Leo Demidov, set in 1956 Russia: Stalin is dead and the violent regime is beginning to fracture, An equally gripping sequel to his award-winning 'Child 44.' 403 pp. ISBN: 9780446402408.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (a new copy.)

    Book ID: 55082
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  • CHILD 44. by Smith, Tom Robb,
    Smith, Tom Robb,
    CHILD 44.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Grand Central Publishing, (2008.) dj. Hardcover first edition - The author's very powerful and highly acclaimed first novel, set in Stalinist Russia, in the years after World War II, this is the story a Russian secret police officer who is framed by a colleague, imprisoned, demoted and banished to a small town, but who risks all to solve a series of child murders.Winner of the Thriller Award for best first novel. 439 pp. Map endpapers. ISBN: 0-446-402389.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket.

    Book ID: 47932
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  • THE TRIAL BEGINS. by Tertz, Abram.
    Tertz, Abram.
    THE TRIAL BEGINS.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Pantheon, (1960) dj. Hardcover first edition - "A secret novel from young Russia." A surrealistic novel set during the last year of Stalin's life by a Soviet dissident, smuggled out of the Soviet Union, and published under a pen name. Translated from the Russian by Max Hayward. Translator's note. 128 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in very good dust jacket (tear to upper edge of dj at side of spine)

    Book ID: 58364
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  • INCLINED TO ESCAPE. by Vetokhin, Yuri
    Vetokhin, Yuri
    INCLINED TO ESCAPE.

    Edition: Second English edition.

    San Diego, CA: By the author, (1987.) dj. SIGNED hardcover - An account of the treatment which political prisoners endure in the Soviet psychiatric hospitals and prisons, where the author spent 24 bleak years. INSCRIBED on the front endpaper and dated in 1988. Translated from the Russian by Alison Rice. Illustrated with photographs and with drawings by Jenny Morton and the author. 493 pp.

    Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 57800
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  • Wiesel, Elie, Adapted for the Stage by Marion Wiesel
    ZALMEN or the Madness of God

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Random House, (1975) dj. Hardcover first edition - A play by the Nobel prize winning author which "illuminates the plight of Soviet Jewry as well as the anguish of individuals everywhere who must survive - yet long for something more than mere survival." Based on a translation from the French by Nathan Edelman. 172 pp,. ISBN: 0-394-49637X.

    Condition: Near fine in a fine dust jacket. (corner of front endpaper clipped, otherwise appears unread, and unlike many copies, this does not have a remainder mark.)

    Book ID: 58765
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  • ARCADY'S GOAL. by Yelchin, Eugene.
    Yelchin, Eugene.
    ARCADY'S GOAL.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Henry Holt, (2014) dj. Hardcover first edition - Story for older children based on his father's experiences in the Soviet Union in the 1940s. " For twelve-year-old Arcady, soccer is more than just a game. Sent to live in a children's home after his parents are declared enemies of the state, it is a means of survival, securing extra rations, respect, and protection." Illustrated with drawings by the author. Yelchin's earlier children's book on life in Stalinist Russia 'Breaking Stalin's Nose" was a Newbery Honor Book. Author's note. Small square format. 234 pp. ISBN: 978-0805098440.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (a new copy.)

    Book ID: 68466
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  • ARCADY'S GOAL. by Yelchin, Eugene.
    Yelchin, Eugene.
    ARCADY'S GOAL.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Henry Holt, (2014) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Story for older children based on his father's experiences in the Soviet Union in the 1940s. " For twelve-year-old Arcady, soccer is more than just a game. Sent to live in a children's home after his parents are declared enemies of the state, it is a means of survival, securing extra rations, respect, and protection." Illustrated with drawings by the author. SIGNED on the half title page, and dated in the year of publication and uncommon thus. Yelchin's earlier children's book on life in Stalinist Russia 'Breaking Stalin's Nose" was a Newbery Honor Book. Author's note. Small square format. 234 pp. ISBN: 978-0805098440.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (a new copy.)

    Book ID: 64322
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  • PARALLAX. by Yurasov, Vladimir.
    Yurasov, Vladimir.
    PARALLAX.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Norton, (1966) dj. Hardcover first edition - From the dj: "This extraordinary novel, rooted in Yurasov's own incredible life, is the work of a Red Army colonel who is also a poet and engineer. . . It is the tale of two Russians whose lives run parallel - Feodor, who burst his bonds and sought a better world, and Vasili, friend to Feodor, who returned to his rural community to fight for his self respect from within the Soviet system." Yurosav was arrested for subversion during one of Stalin's purges, spent 10 years in a concentration camp, escaping during the German advance on Moscow. Translated from the Russian by Titiana Balkoff Drowne. 628 pp plus 2 pp about the author.

    Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket (some wear to the bottom of the spine of the dj).

    Book ID: 72280
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