Download E-books Buddha's Little Finger PDF

By Victor Pelevin

Russian novelist Victor Pelevin is speedily setting up himself as the most magnificent younger writers at paintings at the present time. His comedian inventiveness and mind-bending expertise brought on Time journal to proclaim him a "psychedelic Nabokov for the cyber-age." In his 3rd novel, Buddha's Little Finger, Pelevin has created an intellectually amazing story approximately id and Russian historical past, in addition to a awesome elaboration of Buddhist philosophy. relocating among occasions of the Russian Civil battle of 1919 and the recommendations of a guy incarcerated in a modern Moscow psychiatric medical institution, Buddha's Little Finger is a piece of demonic absurdism by way of a author who maintains to please and astonish.

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Download E-books The Penguin History of Modern Russia: From Tsarism to the Twenty-First Century PDF

By Robert Service

Robert Service's "The Penguin heritage of recent Russia: From Tsarism to the Twenty-first Century" offers a good landscape of Russia within the smooth age. Russia's fresh earlier has encompassed revolution, civil conflict, mass terror and global wars, and the rustic continues to be present process large switch. In his acclaimed historical past, now revised and up-to-date with a brand new creation and ultimate bankruptcy, Robert carrier explores the advanced, altering interplay among rulers and governed from Tsar Nicholas II, in the course of the Russian Revolutions of 1905 and 1917; from Lenin and Stalin via to Gorbachev, Yeltsin, Putin and past. This re-creation additionally discusses Russia's unresolved monetary and social problems and its selection to regain its best function at the international level and explains how, regardless of the hot years of de-communization, the seven a long time of communist rule which penetrated each element of existence nonetheless proceed to steer Russia this present day. "Always well-informed and balanced in his decisions, transparent and concise in his analysis...Service is very sturdy on Soviet politics". (Orlando Figes, "Sunday Telegraph"). "A wonderful book...it is a dizzying story and repair tells it good; he has not one of the ideological luggage that has so usually bedevilled Western histories of Russia". (Brian Moynahan, "Sunday Times"). Robert provider is a Fellow of the British Academy and of St Antony's university, Oxford. He has written a number of books, together with the hugely acclaimed "Lenin: A Biography", "Russia: scan with a People", "Stalin: A Biography" and "Comrades: A background of global Communism", in addition to many different books on Russia's previous and current. His most up-to-date booklet, "Trotsky", has been shortlisted for the Duff Cooper Prize.

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Download E-books Leon Trotsky (Critical Lives) PDF

By Paul Le Blanc

There are few extra divisive names in historical past than the Soviet communist Leon Trotsky. to a couple, he used to be a betrayer, a hypocrite, and a totalitarian, and but to many others he was once a progressive of excessive esteem, who battled an outmoded, oppressive dynasty and helped to herald a brand new political period, and whose identify turned a political moniker: trotskyist. even if coloured by way of disdain or admiration, something is sure: Trotsky was once the most very important figures of the 20th century.
           
In Leon Trotsky, Paul Le Blanc delves deep into Trotsky’s lifestyles and relationships to bare and make experience of his complicated personality and decisive activities. Interweaving dramatic ancient occasions with examinations of Trotsky’s multi-faceted character, he bargains incisive perspectives of the main elements of Trotsky’s lifestyles: his involvement with Soviet forms, the Spanish Civil struggle, and the increase of Hitler within the years sooner than international warfare II. Illuminating Trotsky’s own and political struggles and achievements, this balanced portrait might be precious to background scholars or somebody attracted to the intense lives that made up the 20th century. 

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Download E-books ABBYY Lingvo Большой Англо-Русский Словарь PDF

By ABBYY Lingvo

колл. авторов под общ. рук. В.П. Селегея
Большой англо-русский словарь ABBYY Lingvo
ABBYY Lingvo complete English-Russian Dictionary
83 one hundred thirty five слов и 142 278 значений
М.: ABBYY Press
2010 г.
ISBN 978-5-391-00027-3
60х90 / 8
1426 с.
Твердый переплет
Вес: 3016 г.

Большой англо-русский словарь ABBYY Lingvo — это обновленная версия популярного электронного словаря LingvoUniversal, представленная в бумажном формате.

На сегодняшний день это самый полный из англо-русских словарей по охвату новых слов и значений, появившихся в английском языке в последние годы XX века и в первое десятилетие XXI века. Словарь содержит eighty three a hundred thirty five словарных статей (в том числе 1799 фразовых глаголов), 142 278 лексических значений, а также 31 927 примеров из современных и классических британских и американских текстов. Широко представлена лексика разнообразных стилистических пластов, в том числе разговорная, стилистически сниженная и жаргонная.

Издание предназначено для широкого круга читателей: переводчиков, филологов, лингвистов, преподавателей английского языка, студентов и школьников, а также для всех, кто интересуется английским языком или использует его в своей профессиональной деятельности.

Полную электронную версию словаря можно скачать на сайте www.abbyypress.ru по лицензионному номеру, указанному на форзаце.

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Download E-books Victor Serge: A Political Biography PDF

The first biography to provide due weight to the dedication and optimism of this nice political thinker.

Revolutionary novelist, historian, anarchist, Bolshevik and dissident – Victor Serge is without doubt one of the such a lot compelling figures to have emerged from the background of the Soviet Union. A committed activist who joined the Bolsheviks in 1919 and fought within the siege of Petrograd, in basic terms to be later consigned to poverty and persecution for rejecting either capitalism and Stalinism, he was once a willing observer of his instances. conscientiously wrought and meticulously researched, Susan Weissman’s Victor Serge is the definitive biography of a rare man.

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Download E-books Putin's Labyrinth: Spies, Murder, and the Dark Heart of the New Russia PDF

The hot Russia is marching in an alarming course. Emboldened through escalating oil wealth and newfound prominence as a global strength, Russia, less than the management of Vladimir Putin, has veered again towards the authoritarian roots planted in Imperial/Czarist instances and firmly demonstrated throughout the Soviet period. even though Russia has a brand new president, Dmitri Medvedev, Putin is still on top of things, rendering the democratic reforms of the post-Soviet order inappropriate. Now, in Putin’s Labyrinth, acclaimed journalist Steve LeVine, who lived in and mentioned from the previous Soviet Union for greater than a decade, offers a penetrating account of recent Russia below the repressive rule of an omnipotent autocrat. LeVine portrays the expansion of a “culture of death”–from detailed assassinations of the state’s enemies to the Kremlin’s indifference whilst blameless hostages are slaughtered.

Drawing on new interviews with eyewitnesses and the households of sufferers, LeVine records the bloodshed that has stained Putin’s phrases as president. one of the incidents chronicled in those pages: The 2002 terrorist takeover of a crowded Moscow theater–which resulted in the govt gassing the construction, and the deaths of greater than 100 terrified hostages–seen the following from new angles, throughout the riveting phrases of these who survived; and the homicide of brave investigative reporter Anna Politkovskaya, shot within the elevator of her residence development on Putin’s birthday, purportedly as a malicious “gift” for the president from supporters. ultimately, a surprising tale that made overseas headlines–the 2006 loss of life of defector Alexander Litvinenko in London–is dramatized as by no means prior to. LeVine lines the stairs of this KGB-spy-turned-dissident on his solution to being poisoned with polonium-210, a radioactive isotope. And in doing so, LeVine is granted a unprecedented sequence of interviews with a KGB defector who used to be approximately killed in surprisingly comparable conditions fifty years past. via LeVine’s exhaustive learn, we come to understand the sufferers as genuine humans, not only names in short information bills of ways they died.

Putin’s Labyrinth is greater than an immensely readable exposé. it really is hugely own, with the flavour of a memoir. it's a considerate ebook that examines the complicated query of the way Russians be ready to negotiate their manner round the ever-present threat of violence. It calculates the emotional toll that this deadly maze is exacting on traditional humans, while they get pleasure from a dramatically heightened lifestyle. such a lot ominously, it assesses the reopening of hostilities with the West, and the forces which are using this significant new war of words.

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Download E-books Armor and Blood: The Battle of Kursk, The Turning Point of World War II PDF

By Dennis E. Showalter

Considered one of America’s such a lot wonderful army historians deals the definitive account of the best tank conflict of worldwide battle II—an epic conflict of machines and males that matched the indomitable will of the Soviet purple military opposed to the outstanding may possibly of the Nazi Wehrmacht.
 
whereas the conflict of Kursk has lengthy captivated global battle II aficionados, it's been unjustly missed through historians. Drawing at the plenty of latest details made on hand through the hole of the Russian army information, Dennis Showalter finally corrects that errors. This conflict used to be the severe turning element on global conflict II’s japanese entrance. within the aftermath of the crimson Army’s brutal repulse of the Germans at Stalingrad, the stakes couldn't were larger. greater than 3 million males and 8 thousand tanks met within the center of the Soviet Union, a few 400 miles south of Moscow, in an come across that either side knew may reshape the conflict. The adversaries have been on the top in their respective powers. On each side, the generals and the dictators they served have been in contract on the place, why, and the way to struggle. the outcome was once a livid dying grapple among of history’s so much bold battling forces—a conflict that may almost certainly were the best of all time.
 
In Armor and Blood, Showalter re-creates each point of this dramatic fight. He deals professional point of view on procedure and strategies on the maximum degrees, from the halls of strength in Moscow and Berlin to the battlefield command posts on each side. however it is the author’s exploration of the human size of armored strive against that actually distinguishes this publication. within the vintage culture of John Keegan’s The Face of Battle, Showalter’s narrative crackles with perception into the original dynamics of tank warfare—its impact on men’s minds in addition to their our bodies. Scrupulously researched, exhaustively documented, and vividly illustrated, this e-book is a chilling testomony to man’s skill to construct and to ruin.
 
whilst the airborne dirt and dust settled, the sector at Kursk was once not anything greater than a desolate tract of metal carcasses, lifeless infantrymen, and smoking particles. The Soviet victory ended German hopes of restoring their place at the japanese entrance, and positioned the purple military at the highway to Berlin. Armor and Blood provides readers with what is going to most likely be the authoritative research of Kursk for many years to come.

Advance compliment for Armor and Blood
 
“The dimension and the brutality of the huge tank conflict at Kursk appalls, this fight that provides a particularly darkish aspiring to that shopworn word ‘last complete measure.’ arrange your self for a wild and feverish trip over the steppes of Russia. you could don't have any larger advisor than Dennis E. Showalter, who speaks with an expert equaled through few army historians.”—Robert Cowley, founding editor of MHQ: The Quarterly magazine of army History
 
“A clean, skillful, and whole synthesis of modern revelations approximately this recognized conflict . . . As a fable buster, Armor and Blood is a must-read for these attracted to common and armed forces history.”—David M. Glantz, editor of The magazine of Slavic army Studies

“Refreshingly crisp, pointed prose . . . all through, [Showalter] demonstrates his adeptness at interweaving discussions of big-picture method with fascinating revelations and anecdotes. . . . Showalter does his top paintings by means of protecting his attractions set firmly at the conflict handy, whereas additionally parsing the clash for advancements that might have far-reaching outcomes for the war.”Publishers Weekly

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Download E-books At Leningrad's Gates: The Combat Memoirs of a Soldier with Army Group North PDF

By William Lubbeck

This is the extraordinary tale of a German soldier who fought all through international struggle II, emerging from conscript inner most to captain of a heavy guns corporation at the japanese entrance.

William Lubbeck, age 19, was once drafted into the Wehrmacht in August 1939. As a member of the 58th Infantry department, he got his baptism of fireplace throughout the 1940 invasion of France. the subsequent spring his department served at the left flank of military crew North in Operation Barbarossa. After grueling marches amidst numerous Russian our bodies, burnt-out autos, and a large number of cheering Baltic civilians, Lubbeck's unit entered the outskirts of Leningrad, making the inner most penetration of any German formation.

The Germans suffered brutal hardships the subsequent wintry weather as they fought either Russian counterattacks and the brutal chilly. The 58th department used to be thrown backward and forward around the entrance of military workforce North, from Novgorod to Demyansk, at one element battling again Russian assaults at the ice of Lake Ilmen. Returning to the outskirts of Leningrad, the 58th used to be put in help of the Spanish "Blue" department. relatives among the allied formations soured at one aspect whilst the Spaniards used a Russian tub residence for objective perform, no longer knowing that Germans have been stress-free inside of.

A soldier who most well liked to be with reference to the motion, Lubbeck served as ahead observer for his corporation, dueling with Russian snipers, partisans and full-scale attacks alike. His concerns weren't restricted to his personal security; despite the fact that, as information arrived of mess ups in Germany, together with the destruction of Hamburg the place his female friend served as a military nurse.

In September 1943, Lubbeck earned the Iron move top notch and used to be assigned to officials' education tuition in Dresden. by the point he lower back to Russia, military workforce North was once in full-scale retreat. Now commanding his former heavy guns corporation, Lubbeck alternated sharp counterattacks with inexorable withdrawal, from Riga to Memel at the Baltic. In April 1945 Lubbeck's corporation turned stalled in a traffic congestion and used to be approximately obliterated by means of a Russian barrage by means of air attacks.

In the final chaotic scramble from East Prussia, Lubbeck was once capable of evacuate on a newly minted German destroyer. He recounts how the send arrived within the British area off Denmark with all weapons blazing opposed to pursuing Russians. the next morning, may well eight, 1945, he realized that the warfare was once over.

After his liberate from British captivity, Lubbeck married his sweetheart, Anneliese, and in 1949 immigrated to the USA the place he raised a profitable family members. With the help of David B. harm, he has drawn on his wartime notes and letters, Soldatbuch, regimental heritage and private thoughts to recount his 4 years of frontline event. Containing infrequent firsthand debts of either triumph and catastrophe, At Leningrad's Gates presents a desirable glimpse into the truth of wrestle at the japanese Front.

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Download E-books Siberia: Worlds Apart (Westview Series on the Post-Soviet Republics) PDF

By Victor L Mote

Known to so much as a realm of exile and hard work camps, Siberia can be one of many world’s wealthiest source bases. This harsh, titanic land constitutes approximately three-quarters of Russia’s territory, but after 4 centuries of Slavic migration and procreation it really is domestic to a trifling 32 million people.In this complete e-book, Victor Mote illuminates the dichotomy among Siberia’s wealthy treasurehouse of assets and its peripheral courting to the remainder of the area. With this paradox in brain, he lines the region’s background from the Stone Age to the current, emphasizing the original mix of wit and may constructed by means of population to outlive the most brutal environments within the world—a land that has been half colony, half legal, and half frontier. Mote additionally explores the geography, ethnography, economics, and politics of Siberia and its humans, delivering a multidisciplinary point of view for students and common readers alike attracted to Eurasia’s “forgotten quarter.”

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Download E-books Russian Painting (Temporis Collection) PDF

By Peter Leek

Russia is usually seen because the outsider of the paintings global, with inventive genius often being hidden at the back of the illustration of icons comparable to Rublov. although, with the succession of Pierre Le Grand, it was once Europe which introduced gentle to this in a different way ostensibly uncivilized empire. Saint-Petersburg by surprise rose out of the darkness because of the brilliance of an Italian artist, and for greater than a century afterwards, turned a hugely vital cultural concentration. The all robust Tsar, and later Catherine the nice allowed exchanges among Russian and ecu artists which finally gave start to a brand new Russian type of portray. even if this was once enormously encouraged by way of Italy and its shiny shades, it stayed precise to its foundations in Russian tradition. even though, it used to be now not until eventually the 20 th century actual nationwide kind got here into its personal with the emergence of the Ambulants and the Blue Roses. This was once then through the progressive interval which resulted in the Russian Avant Garde after which modernism. during this e-book, we come to appreciate the author's perspective on Russian tradition as a mixture of western tradition in addition to japanese. those impacts are proven within the works and canopy an unlimited pictorial scope. Artists equivalent to Borovikovsky, Serov, Vrubel, Briullov, Fedotov, Repin, Shishkin and Levitan, between many others, convey their very own basic contribution to the heritage of artwork. Peter Leek places the evolution of the heritage of Russian artwork after the autumn of communism into perspective.

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