Tale of Two Russians, A

A Tale of Two Russians

Tale of Two Russians, A

This is the story of two boys who meet at school in England. The first, Nicko, is the direct descendant of a White Russian émigré from the Revolution while the other, Viktor, is the grandson of Stalin's satrap, the director of the Dalstroi Trust, a part of the Gulag system that mined gold in Kolyma. The satrap, Nikishov, is an actual historical character, but the grandson, Viktor, is the author's invention. The novel follows the fortunes of the boys and their friendship through early adulthood. It moves from London to Novgorod, to Montenegro and back to London again and describes the world of New Russians following the end of the Soviet Union: the scams and criminal activities, the aspirations and attempts to forge fresh identities, while the past cannot be entirely escaped. An important character is a leading British politician, a neighbour of the Nikishovs in Chelsea whose relationship with a Russian oligarch is enigmatic to say the least!

This intriguing tale of mystery and suspense is based in large part on the author's own experience of Russians and their culture. It owes elements to Le Carré and to Patricia Highsmith.

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8.99
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Published: 
18 Feb 2014
ISBN: 
9781910050255
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About the author

  • Christopher Arthur

    Christopher Arthur

    Christopher Arthur read Archaeology and Anthropology at Cambridge University and, back in the days of Good King Idris, did archaeological fieldwork in Cyrenaica when he traced the main water supply of ancient Ptolemais from its source to the city's cisterns …   

    He followed this up as a member of a field survey of sites in Fezzan and later worked as a site supervisor for several seasons on a Byzantine excavation in Istanbul …   but he and Archaeology drew apart and he went into teaching – English literature to 'A' level and Art History (including some Russian history on the way). He has also produced a lot of plays – more than 30 productions – a number of which were his own creations.

    Titles by Christopher Arthur

    A Tale of Two Russians