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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Cartland et al Top the Polls

Here's a look at the lighter side of some of Russia's recent bestsellers:


ROMANCE. Russian romance novels are practically unheard of, so the only new releases in this category are translations of works by the queen of swoon, Barbara Cartland: At least five of her books were issued, by various publishers, in January alone. A number of other Western romances were published by Raduga, a state publishing house working in cooperation with Harlequin Enterprises. Copies typically cost between 600 and 800 rubles.


CHILDREN'S BOOKS. The unquestionable leader here is Eduard Uspensky, an extremely popular contemporary author whose 10 pricey, large-sized books with color illustrations have just been published in St. Petersburg by the Kometa private printing firm. These are being sold in Moscow for anywhere between 2,000 and 6,000 rubles.


ARTS. Apart from the expensive picture albums focusing on artists or museums that are more often purchased by foreigners than Russians, the real bestseller in this category is a collection of works by Russian ?migr? Boris Groys, who is now a professor at Germany's M--nster University. His works, including "The Style of Stalin," and "About the New" have been published for the first time in Russian by the Znak company in a single paperback volume that sells for between 5,000 and 7,000 rubles. Another hit is a bilingual, illustrated edition of "Jesus Christ Superstar" by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, published by local printers in Omsk and on sale for upwards of 1,000 rubles.