The Russian Affair

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2012 - Fiction - 400 pages
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With bravura storytelling, stunning authenticity, and unforgettable characters, The Russian Affair brings readers into a world of love, intrigue and espionage in the midst of the Cold War.
 
Twenty-nine-year-old Anna Viktorovna lives in Moscow with her young son and her father, a once popular and respected poet who has fallen into disgrace because of his dissident views. Her husband, a junior officer in the Red Army, is on active duty and living seven time zones away. When she meets Alexey Bulgyakov, a married and powerful Soviet official who is nearly twice her age, her life begins to look a little brighter. Yet their burgeoning romance is irrevocably threatened when a KGB colonel forces Anna to spy on Alexey, who is suspected of disloyalty to the state. Though she loathes the notion of double-crossing, she is forced to comply. But Anna isn't the only character playing a double game.

 

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User Review  - Catherine Lantz - Book Verdict

Searching for an escape from her state job painting walls and from the tedious food and service lines in Soviet Moscow, 29-year-old Anna shyly embarks on an affair with a high-ranking deputy minister ... Read full review

The Russian Affair

User Review  - Barbara Hoffert - Book Verdict

German author Wallner, who scored an international hit a few years back with April in Paris (which LJ's own Bette-Lee Fox recommended for all fiction collections), moves on from the World War II era ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
27
Section 3
47
Section 4
62
Section 5
69
Section 6
74
Section 7
81
Section 8
92
Section 22
242
Section 23
251
Section 24
259
Section 25
266
Section 26
273
Section 27
282
Section 28
295
Section 29
300

Section 9
111
Section 10
121
Section 11
128
Section 12
152
Section 13
156
Section 14
164
Section 15
174
Section 16
181
Section 17
191
Section 18
200
Section 19
209
Section 20
223
Section 21
234
Section 30
306
Section 31
310
Section 32
317
Section 33
327
Section 34
332
Section 35
338
Section 36
344
Section 37
349
Section 38
355
Section 39
365
Section 40
372
Section 41
377
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About the author (2012)

MICHAEL WALLNER is the author of the interna­tional sensation April in Paris. He lives in Germany, where he is an actor and screenwriter, and divides his time between Berlin and the Black Forest.

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