Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Five notable books about Moscow

As a historian, Simon Sebag Montefiore's works include Jerusalem: The Biography, Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar, and Young Stalin, which was awarded the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography, the Costa Biography Prize (UK), and Le Grand Prix de Biographie Politique (France). His novels include the critically acclaimed Sashenka and the newly released One Night in Winter.

One title on the author's list of five top books about Moscow:
War and Peace (1869) by Leo Tolstoy about Austerlitz, Borodino and the fall of Moscow is the ultimate Muscovite novel: the city is home to the Rostov family, including Tolstoy’s heroine, the adorable Natasha.
Read about another book on the list.

War and Peace appears among Oliver Ford Davies's six best books, Stella Tillyard's four favorite historical novels, Ann Shevchenko's top ten novels set in Moscow, Karl Marlantes' top ten war stories, Niall Ferguson's five most important books, Norman Mailer's top ten works of literature, and John Mullan's lists of ten of the best battles in literature, ten of the best floggings in fiction, and ten of the best literary explosions.

--Marshal Zeringue