History of the final days of the USSR wins Pushkin House Russian Book Prize
The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union by Serhii Plokhy has won the Pushkin House Russian Book Prize 2015.
Now in its third year, the Pushkin House Russian Book Prize rewards the best non-fiction writing on Russia. Its aim is to establish wider understanding of the Russian-speaking world. Previous winners have included Red Fortress, a history of the Kremlin, and Former People about the lives of the Russian aristocracy who remained in the country after the Russian Revolution.
"We have found a worthy winner in Serhii Plokhy," said the chair of judges, Lord Browne of Madingley. "He has brought to life events that are of great relevance to our understanding of the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine."
James Daunt, Managing Director of Waterstones, described the winning title as:“A powerful book, which continues the strong tradition of previous winners. We at Waterstones are delighted that our continuing partnership with the Pushkin House prize is able to reward such high quality writing.”
The other shortlisted titles, all of which would have been worthy winners, were:
The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book by Peter Finn and Petra Couvée
Kolyma Diaries: A Journey into Russia’s Haunted Hinterland by Jacek Hugo-Bader, translated by Antonia Lloyd Jones
St Petersburg: Shadows of the Past by Catriona Kelly
Stalin Volume I: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928 by Stephen Kotkin
Nothing is True and Everything is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia by Peter Pomerantsev
A world-renowned historian presents a profoundly original, page-turning account of the Soviet Union's collapse