White Nights

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Anna Karenina

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The Double

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The Overcoat

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The Winter Palace: A Novel of Catherine the Great (Catherine, #1)

The Winter Palace: A Novel of Catherine the Great (Catherine, #1)NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY n The Wall Street Journal The Washington Post nFrom award winning author Eva Stachniak comes this passionate novel that illuminates, as only fiction can, the early life of one of history s boldest women The Winter Palace tells the epic story of Catherine

City of Thieves

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Lost Roses (Lilac Girls, #2)

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The Madonnas of Leningrad

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The Insulted and Humiliated

The Insulted and HumiliatedThe Insulted Injured, published soon after Dostoevsky s political imprisonment, clearly foreshadows his later preoccupation with unconscious psychological drives their external effects on the lives of his characters Where his later works carry these drives to inevitably dramatic conclusions, Th

Sashenka (Moscow Trilogy #1)

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Eugene Onegin

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Six Days in Leningrad

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Notes from Underground & The Double

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Leningrad: The Epic Siege of World War II, 1941-1944

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