The Pushkin House Russian Book Prize
The Pushkin House Russian Book Prize 2016 winner announced
It’s our pleasure to confirm Dominic Lieven’s Towards the Flame: Empire, War and the End of Tsarist Russia as the winner of this year’s Pushkin House Russian Book Prize, the literary award that promotes the very best writing in English
Towards the Flame deftly charts Russia’s descent into the grim chaos of the First World War, written from the unique perspective of an author with deep family ties to the ruling elite of the time.
Our managing director James Daunt, who has been involved in the Prize from its outset, said: "We are delighted that the judges have rewarded such a strong winner and have showcased the very best in Russian scholarship in translation."
There is little doubt that Towards the Flame will be regarded as the definitive account of its kind and Waterstones has been enormously proud to support the Pushkin House Russian Book Prize in its quest for
An interview with Dominic Lieven
From its inception in 2013, Waterstones has taken a special interest in the Pushkin House Russian Book Prize, supporting the Prize’s quest to promote the very best writing in English on the Russian-speaking world.
The past three years have revealed works of outstanding quality - Former People, Douglas Smith’s poignant portrait of Russia’s fading Royal elite in the face of Bolshevik revolution; Catherine Merridale’s compelling dissection of the Kremlin in 2014’s Red Fortress; and latterly for 2015 The Last Empire, Serhii Plokhy’s masterful account of the Soviet Union playing out its fatal 1991 end game.