Moscow Noir edited by Natalia Smirnova & Julia Goumen, who run a literary agency in Russia, is a Russia-set installment in the Akashic Noir series of award-winning mystery anthologies, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Akashic Books.
This is an excellent location-themed series featuring stories set in and around the titular cities, often by well-known authors native or resident to their respective countries, and one of my personal favourites for discovering foreign authors. This one contains mystery and suspense short stories set in Moscow, Russia (there’s also a separate St. Petersburg volume) from historical times through to the present day, and includes brand-new stories in English translation by prize-winning authors such as Irina Denezhinka and many others.
Offered DRM-free through midnight December 5th, available worldwide directly from the publisher as part of their holiday advent calendar promotion.
Free for a limited time until around midnight December 5th @ the publisher’s (DRM-free ePub & Mobi available worldwide). You can also read more about this title at the regular catalogue page, where you can see the full list of authors and their contributed stories.
Akashic Books continues its groundbreaking series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each story is set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the city of the book.
Brand-new stories by: Alexander Anuchkin, Igor Zotov, Gleb Shulpyakov, Vladimir Tuchkov, Anna Starobinets, Vyacheslav Kuritsyn, Sergei Samsonov, Alexei Evdokimov, Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, Maxim Maximov, Irina Denezhkina, Dmitry Kosyrev, Andrei Khusnutdinov, and Sergei Kuznetsov.
From the introduction by Natalia Smirnova & Julia Goumen:
“The center of a sprawling state for nearly its entire history, Moscow has attracted diverse communities, who have come to the city in search of better lives—to work, mainly, but also to beg, to glean scraps from the tables of hard-nosed merchants, to steal and rob. The concentration of capital allowed people to tear down and rebuild ad infinitum; new structures were erected literally on the foundations of the old. Before the 1917 Revolution, buildings demolished and resurrected many times over created a favorable environment for all manner of criminal and quasi-criminal elements. After the Revolution, the ideology did not simply encourage destruction but demanded it. The Bolshevik anthem has long defined the public mentality: ‘We will raze this world of violence to its foundations, and then/ We will build our new world: he who was nothing will become everything! . . .”