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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

From Opera To Thrillers

Well-known playwright Michael Rogozhin is changing literary hats again, producing his second novel, "My Beloved Killer," and working on a third.


Rogozhin has said he turned to the new genre after theaters stopped staging modern Russian dramas.


His first novel "From Russia To Death" was an action thriller about a Russian military contingent in Angola, and the third, which he is writing now, is a psychological novel called "Why We Do Love Each Other."


The bestselling "My Beloved" (or "My Desired") is an erotic thriller that features an unusual method for discovering who dunnit.


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"Alaska is Bigger Than You Think" is the title of a new book by Vasily Peskov, who in 40 years at Komsomolskaya Pravda has collected a host of stories about nature, interesting people and travel.


His human interest stories, vignettes, and photographs are beloved by millions of readers. The author was awarded the Lenin Prize for his first book "Steps on Dew" about his travels in Central Russia.


A generation ago Peskov wrote "Land Beyond the Ocean," a book about rural America. His new book is sort of continuation of that trip and was published in October by Komsomolskaya Pravda.


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Opera fans will enjoy the bestselling "Bolshoi Theater. First Productions of Operas on the Russian Stage. 1825-1993." Published in a large format with copious illustrations, the book was printed in 30,000 copies. It sells at bookstores for the equivalent of about $7.