1991 : liquidant de son propre chef l’Empire soviétique et le système communiste, Boris Eltsine croit avoir payé le prix de la modernité et attend que l’Europe l’accueille à bras ouverts. Vingt ans plus tard, que reste-t-il de cette illusion ? Hélène Carrère d’Encausse montre ici la somme des malentendus, soupçons, épreuves de force, occasions manquées entre le pouvoir russe - auquel Poutine a rendu puissance extérieure et fierté intérieure - et les Occidentaux. Sa grande originalité est de ne pas se contenter de nous présenter la Russie « entre deux mondes », mais aussi « le monde vu de Russie ». Une Russie confrontée à des problèmes immenses – démographie en chute, corruption galopante, terrorisme... – qui mise sur sa force extérieure. Mais elle rencontre partout la puissance américaine, acharnée à l’écarter du « grand jeu » énergétique et à la remplacer dans sa « zone d’intérêts ». Quelle vision sous-tend aujourd’hui la stratégie russe ? Asiatique ? Démocratique et européenne ? Ou passerelle entre les deux mondes ? Historienne de la Russie, Hélène Carrère d’Encausse, membre depuis 1991 de l’Académie française, dont elle est Secrétaire perpétuel, a notamment publié aux éditions Fayard, La Gloire des nations, Le Malheur russe, Nicolas II, Lénine, Catherine II et Alexandre II.
Author: Hélène Carrère d'Encausse
Publisher: Holmes & Meier Pub
The author removes Lenin from ideological passions in order to situate him in the history of a century that has come to its end and which has been dominated more than anything by Lenin's ideas and will.
Author: Hélène Carrère d'Encausse
Publisher: Holmes & Meier Publishers
Presents a detailed history of the last Romanov czar, Nicholas II, whose execution ushered in the Communist era in Russia. Examines his early years growing up in the imperial court, and provides background on the Romanov dynasty as a whole. Includes appendices of documents and first-hand reports, a glossary of institutions, a chronology, and a genealogy, plus bandw maps. The author is a leading French authority on Russian and Slavic history. Annotation copyrighted by Book News Inc., Portland, OR
What is Vladimir Putin thinking? Does he deserve his reputation as a modern Machiavelli? And where does he get his ideas? The Russian president's landmark speeches, interviews and policies borrow heavily from great Russian thinkers past and present, from Peter the Great to Dostoevsky and Solzhenitsyn. They offer powerful visions of strong leaders and the Russian nation: they value conservatism and the Slavic spirit. They root morality in Orthodoxy, and Russian identity in the historic struggle with the West. Today, Putin manages and manipulates those same ideas in his 'defence' of 130 million ethnic Russians against the world. With the annexation of Crimea, the war in Syria and shock election results across the West, the challenge of decrypting his worldview has become more pressing than ever. From a Eurasian Union to a new Russian Empire, this is a revealing tour of Kremlin doctrine and strategy, viewed through its philosophical roots.
Author: Sergei Lukyanenko
Publisher: Harper Collins
They are the "Others," an ancient race of supernatural beings—magicians, shape-shifters, vampires, and healers—who live among us. Human born, they must choose a side to swear allegiance to—the Dark or the Light—when they come of age. For a millennium, these opponents have coexisted in an uneasy peace, enforced by defenders like the Night Watch, forces of the Light who guard against the Dark. But prophecy decrees that one supreme "Other" will arise to spark a cataclysmic war. Anton Gorodetsky, an untested mid-level Light magician with the Night Watch, discovers a cursed young woman—an Other of tremendous potential unallied with either side—who can shift the balance of power. With the battle lines between Light and Dark drawn, the magician must move carefully, for one wrong step could mean the beginning of annihilation.
Author: Marie-Pierre Rey
Alexander I was a ruler with high aspirations for the people of Russia. Cosseted as a young grand duke by Catherine the Great, he ascended to the throne in 1801 after the brutal assassination of his father. In this magisterial biography, Marie-Pierre Rey illuminates the complex forces that shaped Alexander's tumultuous reign and sheds brilliant new light on the handsome ruler known to his people as "the Sphinx." Despite an early and ambitious commitment to sweeping political reforms, Alexander saw his liberal aspirations overwhelmed by civil unrest in his own country and by costly confrontations with Napoleon, which culminated in the French invasion of Russia and the burning of Moscow in 1812. Eventually, Alexander turned back Napoleon's forces and entered Paris a victor two years later, but by then he had already grown weary of military glory. As the years passed, the tsar who defeated Napoleon would become increasingly preoccupied with his own spiritual salvation, an obsession that led him to pursue a rapprochement between the Orthodox and Roman churches. When in exile, Napoleon once remarked of his Russian rival: "He could go far. If I die here, he will be my true heir in Europe." It was not to be. Napoleon died on Saint Helena and Alexander succumbed to typhus four years later at the age of forty-eight. But in this richly nuanced portrait, Rey breathes new life into the tsar who stood at the center of the political chessboard of early nineteenth-century Europe, a key figure at the heart of diplomacy, war, and international intrigue during that region's most tumultuous years.
The Influence Peddlers
Author: Hédi Kaddour
Publisher: Yale University Press
The eagerly awaited English translation of Kaddour’s award-winning novel of clashing cultures during the French colonial years Gather together French colonialists, young nationalists eager for independence, and local Maghreb leaders in a small North African city of the 1920s. Bring a collection of brash American filmmakers and celebrities into the picture. Dangerous cultural collisions are the inevitable result in Hédi Kaddour’s best-selling novel of French colonial rule and its persisting legacy of human chaos and cultural tragedy. In this commanding novel, the author plumbs the contradictions of colonialism and the impact on individual lives. With insight, humor, and a profound sense of irony he introduces Les Prépondérants—“The Preponderants,” an unofficial group of peddlers of influence who operate at every level of colonial society. American “Hollywood” values, Islamic and secular politics, French manners—none of them escapes Kaddour’s skewering wit. Filled with rich irony and wonderful characters, this is a novel that grapples forcefully with colonial relations in the Arabic, North African, and French worlds, while also journeying into the simmering Europe and United States of the Roaring Twenties.
A New York Times Notable Book and winner of the Boston Review Fiction Prize: “[One of the] great novels of this century.” (Donald Newlove, The Philadelphia Inquirer) Hailed as extraordinary from coast to coast, this bestselling novel by National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist Andreï Makine traces a sentimental journey that embraces many of the dramatic events in Russia during the twentieth century. Here is a poignant story of a Soviet boy’s ascent into manhood, and his extraordinary affection for his mysterious grandmother, who captivates him with vivid stories of her childhood in France—a distant country far more elegant, carefree, and stimulating than Russia in the 1970s and ’80s. This epic tale is full of tenderness and passion, pain and heartbreak; mesmerizing, in every way. “Skillfully constructed and elegantly written . . . A major novel.” —Victor Brombert, The New York Times Book Review
Winter of the World
Author: Ken Follett
"This book is truly epic. . . . The reader will probably wish there was a thousand more pages." —The Huffington Post Picking up where Fall of Giants, the first novel in the extraordinary Century Trilogy, left off, Winter of the World follows its five interrelated families—American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh—through a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the great dramas of World War II, and into the beginning of the long Cold War. Carla von Ulrich, born of German and English parents, finds her life engulfed by the Nazi tide until daring to commit a deed of great courage and heartbreak . . . . American brothers Woody and Chuck Dewar, each with a secret, take separate paths to momentous events, one in Washington, the other in the bloody jungles of the Pacific . . . . English student Lloyd Williams discovers in the crucible of the Spanish Civil War that he must fight Communism just as hard as Fascism . . . . Daisy Peshkov, a driven social climber, cares only for popularity and the fast set until war transforms her life, while her cousin Volodya carves out a position in Soviet intelligence that will affect not only this war but also the war to come.
Catherine the Great
Author: Henri Troyat
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Born a little German princess without a drop of Russian blood in her veins she came to embody Russia and as the country moved from war to war and conquest to conquest it was Catherine who became great. Those who served her throne, or her bed, were well rewarded while the serfs were condemned to ever-worsening conditions. Men were instruments of pleasure. The weak had to perish. The future belonged to men - and sometimes a man could have the outward appearance of a woman. She was proof of that.This literary tour de force paints an enthralling picture of Catherine, her seductions, her coaxings and her phenomenal devotion to politics and work, but it also brings the Russian court - with all its intrigues - brilliantly to life.
Author: Pierre Loti
Once Upon the River Love
Author: Andrei Makine
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.
A fascination with romantic movies leads three teenagers growing up in a small Soviet village in the 1970s to follow their dreams all the way to Brooklyn's Brighton Beach. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.