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The Secret History of Moscow (edition 2010)

by Ekaterina Sedia

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Every city contains secret places. Moscow in the tumultuous 1990s is nodifferent, its citizens seeking safety in a world below the streets -- adark, cavernous world of magic, weeping trees, and albino jackdaws, where exiledpagan deities and faery-tale creatures whisper strange tales to those who wouldlisten. Galina is a young woman caught, like her contemporaries, in the seeminglawlessness of the new Russia. In the midst of this chaos, her sister Mariaturns into a jackdaw and flies away -- prompting Galina to join Yakov, apoliceman investigating a rash of recent disappearances. Their search will takethem to the underground realm of hidden truths and archetypes, to findthemselves caught between reality and myth, past and present, honor and betrayal. . . the secret history of Moscow.… (more)
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Title:The Secret History of Moscow
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A contemplative journey through Russian folklore. ( )
  chaosfox | Feb 22, 2019 |
This book got off to a promising and dark start -- people disappearing by turning into birds. When the three main characters' journeyed to the underworld, the book turned too whimsical for my taste. Flat dialogue didn't help. ( )
  LizoksBooks | Dec 15, 2018 |
I'm a Russophile, and also a huge fan of Neil Gaiman. I agree that this is *reminiscent* of Gaiman's Neverwhere, but that is one of my all-time favorite books, and to actually *compare* the two is not useful. I thoroughly enjoyed The Secret History of Moscow, and would certainly recommend it -- but it would help if the reader were somewhat conversant with Russian culture and folklore, as that is part of the charm of this book. Expectations can really be a handicap. Go into this without expectations, and it is far more likely to enthrall. ( )
  ehdorrii | Sep 23, 2018 |
This is "Neverwhere in Russia" and, truly, in a good way. E. Sedia may never have read Neil Gaiman's book about London Below and Above. This isn't a ripoff. It is, however, how that idea would look if it was written in Russia with Russian characters.

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  Kitty.Cunningham | Jul 19, 2017 |
This book has been compared to American Gods meeting Neverwhere, blended with Russian culture. And while that's not incorrect, it's simplifying what a beautiful story this is, and how unlike any other book I've read.

This is a story about people living in a shifting culture, and how they cope with the world changing around them. This is a story about loss, and very much a story about familial love. It's worth going into it with an open mind and letting the story bring you along on its journey. ( )
  thebechdelscream | Jan 9, 2017 |
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Every city contains secret places, and Moscow is no different, its citizens seeking safety under the city during tumultuous times -- a cavernous dark world of magic, weeping trees and albino jackdaws, where exiled pagan deities and fairytale creatures still whisper strange tales to everyone who would listen. Through their interlocking stories, a very different history emerges, full of betrayals and unseen hostilities, between the real world and the world below . . . and now, in the early 1990's, the conflict is escalating.

Galina is a young woman, caught like many of her contemporaries in the new economic uncertainty and apparent lawlessness of the country. In the midst of all this chaos, her sister Maria turns into a jackdaw and flies away . . . prompting Galina to help Yakov, a policeman investigating a rash of recent disappearances. Their search will take them to the underground realm of hidden histories and archetypes, to find themselves caught between reality and myth, past and present, truth and betrayal . . .The Secret History of Moscow.
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