Pushkin House prize 2018 shortlist

Monday, 23 April 2018

Contenders for £5,000 prize for books about Russia announced in Moscow

The shortlist for the £5,000 Pushkin House Russian Book Prize has been announced. The announcement took place at the the National Research University Higher School of Economics in Moscow.

Sir Nick Clegg, chair of the judges, said: "This is a fantastic and varied selection of high quality books on Russia, of as much interest to the general as the specialist reader. Each of these titles will give any reader a better understanding of Russia's history, culture and outlook. This has never been more important given the current tensions between Russia and the West. It was a tough but fascinating process for the judges to pick only six."

Armageddon and Paranoia: The Nuclear Confrontation, Rodric Braithwaite (Profile)
Other Russias, Victoria Lomasko, translated from the Russian by Thomas Campbell (Penguin)
The War Within: Diaries From the Siege of Leningrad, Alexis Peri (Harvard University Press)
Stalin's Meteorologist: One Man's Untold Story of Love, Life, and Death, Olivier Rolin, translated from the French by Ros Schwartz (Harvill Secker)
The House of Government: A Saga of the Russian Revolution, Yury Slezkine (Princeton University Press)
Gorbachev: His Life and Times, William Taubman (Simon & Schuster)

In addition to Sir Nick Clegg, the judges are Rosalind Blakesley, head of the department of the history of art at Cambridge University; Oleg Budnitsky, professor at the National Research University Higher School of Economics; Dervla Murphy, author; and John Thornhill, innovation editor of the Financial Times.

The winner of the Prize will be announced on Thursday 7 June at a dinner hosted by Pushkin House at the Charterhouse in London.

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