The shortlist for the second Pushkin House Russian Book Prize has been announced this afternoon…
This year’s shortlist was announced today at the Independent Bath Festival of Literature by judge and Artistic Director of the festival Viv Groskop, and covers a wide variety of aspects of life in Russia.
Launched last year in association with Waterstones, the Pushkin House Russian Book Prize seeks out the best non-fiction writing of the past year on Russia.
Chair of judges Dr Rowan Williams said the shortlist “shows the breadth and depth of interest in Russian matters in the English-speaking world,” adding that it “offers such lively, diverse and expert perspectives on Russia.”
Waterstones MD James Daunt echoed his words, and pointed out that “Many of these books will not have yet reached a wide audience, but they deserve to and the Prize should be commended for throwing light upon them.”
This year’s nominees include the biography of a black American – the son of a former slave – who made his fortune in Russia at the turn of the 20th century; a history of the Kremlin; the story of seven generations of Russia told through cookery and food; an absorbing account of Mussorgsky’s musical circle; the story of an eccentric Russian Empire-builder; and a memoir of Cold War Russia.
The winner of the £5,000 prize will be announced at a ceremony at Pushkin House on 30th April.
The shortlist in full
A Spy in the Archives: a Memoir of Cold War Russia, Sheila Fitzpatrick
Mussorgsky and His Circle: a Russian Musical Adventure (eBook), Stephen Walsh