Author: Jenny Antill

Returning to the Great Solovetsky Monastery

Over Christmas I read the novel The Monastery by Zakhar Prilepin, translated from the Russian by Nicholas Kotar.  The book was written in 2014 and published in English last year.     It is a long read, and at 750 pages, probably overlong.  It is also rather a harrowing story since the book deals with a particularly […]

Cholera hits St Petersburg in 1831

  Nicholas 1 confronts rioters during the Cholera Epidemic of 1830-31 As seems appropriate in these times of pandemic, I am currently researching the cholera epidemic that hit Russia in 1830 to 1831.  The reason for my interest is that my new work in progress, The Legacy,  is set in these years, and therefore the impact […]

An epic story for today about fifteenth century Russia

A few weeks ago I read Laurus by Eugene Vodolazkin.  Originally published in Russia in 2012, the book was translated into English in 2015 and has been reprinted three times since then.     Vodolazkin is a scholar who specialises in mediaeval Russian history and folklore and his background is reflected in the book. It tells […]