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Russian Treasures

(Russian Treasures #1)

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  50 ratings  ·  18 reviews

They came from nowhere and smashed the glorious Russian Empire into pieces, their first victim in a long chain of coups and civil wars around the globe. They called themselves the Bolsheviks (or communists), and at the beginning of the twentieth century, they started building a new type of state, the Soviet Union, that would change the course of history.

Paperback, 465 pages
Published 2018 (first published 2011)
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Very entertaining novel starting in 1917 just before the Bolshevik coup and then taking place during the Civil war as our heroes fortunes get intermingled with the desperate attempts of the White forces to get rid of the criminals that took over their country, but the brutality and ruthlessness of the Soviet regime ensure its victory.

Klim - who is as close as it gets to a modern picaresque hero, naive, well-intended and hence taken advantage of all the time, but somehow surviving his many (mis)a
Meagan Nicole
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is a fantastic blend of history and fiction. From beginning to end, the characters, settings, and multple plots all feel real, yet it has those elements of fiction we all love: a large cast of characters with their own personalities, goals, and faults; vibrant settings; and plots and subplots with so many twists and turns that it will keep you turning pages to find out what happens next. Whether you know anything about Russian history or not, this book is sure to entertain you and keep ...more
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Здравствуйте! Люблю читать хорошие книги (и слушать их аудио-версии), но про этот сайт узнал только вчера, и решил внести «свои 5 копеек», высказаться :-).
Считаю, что мне очень повезло, когда несколько лет назад (летит время!!!) я случайно нашел и начал читать книгу Эльвиры Барякиной "Аргентинец". Сначала книга меня заинтересовала тем, что там со сознанием дела и с большой любовью описаны уголки моего любимого Нижнего Новгорода. Но через несколько страниц я уже не мог оторваться от книги по др
Alena Fee
May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing! Книга замечательная во многих отношениях. Очень легкий язык. Одновременно, за счет таланта автора передать атмосферу, буквально растворяешься в ситуации, времени и переживаешь вместе с героями все их эмоции. По моему мнению, хорошей назвать книгу можно тогда, когда тебе не терпится узнать что будет дальше. И вот так написаны все книги Эльвиры.
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Роман очень атмосферен. Как будто находшься в том времени, дышишь вместе с главными героями одним воздухом. Взаимоотношения людей, их любовь, их переживания описаны очень чутко, невозможно остаться равнодушной ни к одному из героев романа!
Alexander Mintz
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you love books, don’t miss Elvira Baryakina’s Russian Treasures. It tells the story of a Russian journalist, now a citizen of Argentina, who comes to Russia to claim his inheritance. But the year is 1917, and the Bolsheviks seize power and confiscate all private property from the people. He looses all that he has, and only one thing keeps him going—his love for Nina, the woman who never gives up.

It’s a good story brimming with irony, and it’s full of unexpected details only a Russian-born aut
Natalie Keating
Очень замечательная книга! Мне очень понравилась.)))
Tata Oleinik
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Интригующее произведение, требующее сил и времени для раскрытия при кажущейся легкости и доступности.
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Получила удовольствие от прочтения. Интересные герои, динамичный сюжет, впечатление исторической достоверности - видно, что автор серьезно исследовал тему. Больше всего понравился нешаблонный подход. Тема революции и гражданской войны здесь раскрывается не через "классы-массы", а через судьбы простых людей, за приключениями которых хочется следить. Спасибо! Будем читать дальше :) Рекомендую всем, кто интересуется хорошей беллетристикой, историей вообще и историей гражданской войны в России в час ...more
Luiza Hartmann
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Luiza Hartmann: Книга на самом деле необыкновенно глубоко вскрывает события , происшедшие в революционой Росии . Автор - Эльвира Барякина - затягивает читателя в самую гущу событий , что даёт возможность читателю не только почувствовать себя свидетелем , но и переживать эмлцианольно вместе с героями романа и ужас , и страх и любовь . Исскустно написано ! Спасибо .
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful novel

A lot have already been said about the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917, but in Russian Treasures you see everything from another side. The love story captured me from the first pages, and till the very end I could hardly breathe. It is the novel where real facts are woven into a fictional story. Those who are interested in Russian history will definitely love the story, all others will like the characters and story line between them.
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This novel is not about the historical events of the Russian revolution of 1917, it is much deeper. It is about the fate of people caught in the maelstrom of the events of that terrible time, about how life can change overnight, how everything can collapse and how, despite fate, not to lose yourself and the people who are dear to you. And this is relevant at all times. I sincerely advise you to read this exciting and very emotional novel!
May 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brought some "aha" moments for me... Well written
Roy Sawyer
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is one superbly imaginative work by Elvira Baryakina. Couldn't put it down!
Taras Karpyak
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm so impressed
Ellina Nickell
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Here is another great work by Elvira Baryakina! I enjoyed reading some of her other books and now I bought Russian Treasures. This book is written on the same high level of quality and as addictive. I love the characters and would like to meet them again. It is a beautiful historic piece and a beautiful story at the same time. I am glad that it translated into English well and now more people can enjoy it.
Elena Loskutova
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Мне понравилось! Много нового открыла для себя, автор явно изучил тему, за что большое спасибо!
Garry Ocean
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great novel that I would highly recommend. I have read many books on the subject of the Russian Revolution, but none from the viewpoint of a person who truly understand the nature and the way of thoughts of both sides, the communists and their adversaries.

I cared deeply about the characters, and I was engaged so much that I missed my bus stop which had never happened before.
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My name is Elvira Baryakina, and I write historical novels set in the first half of the 20th century.

Whenever I discover a fascinating new topic, I find myself on a journey leading me to places as disparate as Moscow, Buenos Aires, Shanghai and Los Angeles.

My goal is to collect small fragments of stories that have been scattered across different countries and reconstruct a chain of neglected histo

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