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  1. says:

    Though I didn t love St Petersburg Noir as much as Moscow Noir the Moscow book scared the hell out of me it s a solid collection of noirish variations It has humor, back alleys, ice, cultural references, murder, and plenty of other misbehavior set in a dark northern city There s on my blog, here.

  2. says:

    This was a mixed bag Quite a few stories are fairly trashy, and others interminable, but at least four or five are very good and one in my view is a small masterpiece That is Drunk Harbor by Lena Eltag I d love to read of her work, but I m not sure there s anything else available in English The collection was worth reading for Drunk Harbor alone

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    The Russian soul is well suited to a style defined by dark, hard edged moodiness in underground settings With St Petersburg, the tsar s Window on Europe, we get European style existential angst as well not to mention the scary sociopolitical realities of the new Russi

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    ST PETERSBURG NOIR Julia Goumen Natalia Smirnova, editorsThe short story collection, St Petersburg Noir, was an absorbing trip for me Unfortunately, I can t tell you completely why without taking the fun away for you A short story is a one punch treatise so if someone gives away what the story is really about, especially if it falls into the categories of mystery, suspense, or thriller as these short stories do , they ve given away the goods There ll be no spoilers here I will say this anthology of Russian short stories is a riveting collection An insightful tour of St Petersburg And a spellbinding introduction to Russian literature and perspective I like the idea of taking in the literary flavor of different areas and find this whole series of noir books from Akashic Books intriguing These stories are grown indigenously and give such a regional flavor that I feel I ve been to the places in this series and know them as I know my own Some of these stories were so interesting, the voices so clear, that I looked up the authors hoping to find of their books in English, but alas, I ll have to wait until some translator takes mercy Until then, we have St Petersburg Noir From The Russian soul is well suited to a style defined by dark, hard edged moodiness in underground settings With St Petersburg, the tsar s Window on Europe, we get European style existential angst as well not to mention the scary sociopolitical realities of the new Russia For all sophisticated crime fiction readers Library JournalFourteen uniformly strong stories in this outstanding noir anthology devoted to Russia s second city, St Petersburg With its rich if often tragic history, deep literary traditions, inspiring landscape, famous architecture, and an aging population stuffed into overcrowded kommunalkas amid a post Soviet decline and soaring crime rates, the city provides an ideal backdrop for crime fiction The diversity of these skillfully crafted tales testifies to the vigor of contemporary Russian writing Publishers WeeklyOriginal stories by Lena Eltang, Sergei Nosov, Alexander Kudriavstev, Andrei Kivinov, Julia Belomlinsky, Natalia Kurchatova, Kseniya Venglinskaya, Evgeniy Kogan, Anton Chizh, Konstantin Gavrilov, Vladimir Berezin, Andrei Rubanov, and others.Natalia Smirnova was born in 1978 in Moscow, Russia In 2006 she co founded the Goumen Smirnova Literary Agency with Julia Goumen, representing Russian authors worldwide She and Goumen were also the co editors of Moscow Noir.Julia Goumen was born in St Petersburg, Russia, in 1977 With a PhD in English, she has been working in publishing since 2001, and since 2006 has run the Goumen Smirnoval Literary Agency with Natalia Smirnova St Petersburg Noir on Killer NashvilleMy Other Reviews on Killer Nashville

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    This is one of the latest additions to Akashic s series of Noir collections, each one associated with a particular city or country In this volume we are taken on a tour of Russia s second city with 14 diverse stories by contemporary Russian authors, few, if any, of whom will be familiar to a western readership, but all of whom present us with an aspect of the city s underside and give an atmospheric and dark glimpse of a city a world away from the magnificent architecture and stately palaces usually associated with St Petersburg The stories range from the grotesque to the mystical, the violent and savage to the simply seedy, and present a searing indictment of the poverty, drugs, drunkenness, aimlessness, crime and squalor which is in stark contrast to the glitzy new wealth of the post Soviet world.As a frequent visitor to St Petersburg, I think I will find myself looking over my shoulder a little frequently, and a little less likely to take a short cut through a back alley or dark courtyard This is excellent reading even for those not normally attracted to crime fiction like myself, in fact and although some stories are better than others, taken as a whole this is a book I recommend wholeheartedly.

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    A few of the short stories are good, both in plots and translation Some of them, though, just ramble on and on, with unclear focus of the gist, and then suddenly, it s the end of the story, prompting me to wonder what the point is for reading it at all The one theme that runs through all stories is the grimness of not only St Petersburg, but Russia as a whole There is no lightheartedness or humor in any of the stories, to the point where it s suffocating I almost couldn t go on reading when it s half way through I have read a number of the books in this noir series, but St Petersburg Noir is the darkest so far I d give it 3.5 stars on average.

  7. says:

    I think my favorites were the first story of part I, Training Day by Andrei Kivinov, taken place at Kupchino Drunk Harbor by Lena Eltang, taken place at Drunk Harbor of part II reminded me of Scandinavian fiction and The Discontinuity of Small Things and both The Nutcracker by Anton Chizh, taken place at Haymarket Square and The Hairy Sutra by Pavel Krusanov, taken place at Moika Embankment of part III.

  8. says:

    This a one of series I stumbled across A collection of mystery short stories all taking place in one city I enjoyed these stories or most of them However, being russian they were noir than usual.

  9. says:

    A collection of short stories of noir from the mystical city of St Petersburg.Enjoy

  10. says:

    I found these stories very hard to follow, and not very interesting.

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