Grigory Chkhartishvili, the best-selling Russian writer known for his detective novels set in imperial Russia (written under the name Boris Akunin), and for his foray into opposition politics directed against Vladimir V. Putin announced that from now on he would devote himself to writing a multivolume history of Russia. Sophia Kishkovsky reports The New York Times Blog ArtsBeat.
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»He is one of Russia’s leading opposition activists and a best-selling crime writer, but Boris Akunin says he has gone off protest rallies and detective fiction.«
»The attitude of the Russian state toward its foreign agents has also changed. At least in public, spies are no longer figures of suspicion. Russia’s current president, Vladimir Putin, is himself a former spy, and espionage is a part of his biography that he chooses to celebrate.«
Anne Applebaum about the new world of spies and this four non-fictional books:
- The Lost Spy: An American in Stalin’s Secret Service by Andrew Meier
- Spies and Commissars: The Early Years of the Russian Revolution by Robert Service
- Stalin’s Romeo Spy: The Remarkable Rise and Fall of the KGB’s Most Daring Operative by Emil Draitser
- Deception: Spies, Lies and How Russia Dupes the West by Edward Lucas
Her essay at The New York Review of Books.