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Boris Akunin

Author of The Winter Queen

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Works by Boris Akunin

The Winter Queen (1998) 2,334 copies, 79 reviews
Murder on the Leviathan (1998) 1,251 copies, 30 reviews
The Turkish Gambit (1998) 1,236 copies, 26 reviews
The Death of Achilles (1998) 898 copies, 16 reviews
Sister Pelagia and the White Bulldog (2000) 630 copies, 18 reviews
Sister Pelagia and the Black Monk (2001) 359 copies, 7 reviews
The Coronation (1999) 340 copies, 10 reviews
She Lover of Death (2001) 259 copies, 5 reviews
Sister Pelagia and the Red Cockerel (2003) 222 copies, 7 reviews
The Diamond Chariot (2003) 203 copies, 2 reviews
He Lover of Death (2001) 197 copies, 4 reviews
All the World's a Stage (2010) 102 copies, 4 reviews
The Jack of Spades (1999) 102 copies, 1 review
Altyn Tolobas (2001) — Author — 98 copies
The Jade Rosary (2006) 93 copies, 3 reviews
The Decorator (2002) 68 copies, 1 review
The Black City (2012) 67 copies, 3 reviews
Not Saying Goodbye (2018) 48 copies, 3 reviews
Extracurricular Reading (2002) 47 copies
Кладбищенские истории (2004) 42 copies, 1 review
Сокол и ласточка (2009) 34 copies, 3 reviews
F.M. (2006) 26 copies, 1 review
Spy Novel (2005) 23 copies, 1 review
Fantastyka (2005) 20 copies
Planet Water (2015) — Author — 19 copies, 1 review
Yin and Yang: A Play (2007) 16 copies
Detskaya kniga (2005) 16 copies
Quest (2008) 11 copies
Sprookjes voor idioten (2000) 9 copies
F.M. V 2 tomakh. (2006) 9 copies, 1 review
Between the Lines (2005) 8 copies
Smert na brudershaft (2007) 8 copies
Extracurricular Reading, Part 1 (2008) 7 copies, 1 review
Девятый Спас (2007) 6 copies, 1 review
Чайка (2001) 6 copies
Dragonfly Catcher (2005) 6 copies
Аристономия (2013) 6 copies
Lihtsalt Masa (2020) 5 copies
Беллона (2012) 5 copies, 1 review
Девятный Спас (2013) 4 copies
Другой путь (2015) 2 copies
Вдовий плат (2016) 2 copies
Tam… : Russian Language (2013) 2 copies
Ljubov' k istorii (2013) 2 copies
Skazki narodov mira (2020) 1 copy
Ubit Zmeenysha (2018) 1 copy
Zvezdukha (2017) 1 copy
Az lamtansos (2008) 1 copy
Не прощаюсь 1 copy, 1 review
Killing the Serpent (2018) 1 copy
Aurat, Raat, Aur Khoon (2010) 1 copy
Temet ttetek 1 copy
Special Assignments (2008) 1 copy
A tüzes pecsét (2019) 1 copy
Ahhilleus'un Ölümü (2020) 1 copy
Türk Gambiti (2018) 1 copy
Turkish Gambit 1 copy, 1 review

Associated Works

My Friend Hitler and Other Plays by Yukio Mishima (2002) — Translator, some editions — 55 copies, 2 reviews


Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Akunin, Boris
Legal name
Chkhartishvili, Grigory Shalvovich
Other names
Чхартишвили, Григорий Шалвович
Borisova, Anna
Brusnikin, Anatoly
Акунин, Борис
Zestaponi, Imereti province, Georgian SSR, USSR
Places of residence
Moscow, Russia
London, England, UK
Moscow State University - Institute of Asian and African Studies
literary scholar
literary editor
Institute of Asian and African Studies, Moscow State University
Awards and honors
Noma Prize (2007)
Elena Kostioukovitch (Elena Kostioukovitch Literary Agency) - Italy
Short biography
Boris Akunin is the pseudonym of Grigory Chkhartishvili. He has been compared to Gogol, Tolstoy, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and his Erast Fandorin books have sold over ten million copies in Russia alone. He lived in Moscow until 2014.



I'm lying when I say I've 'finished' this book. I gave it a couple of goes, but never got beyond page 60. I couldn't get to grips with the cast of thousands (well, dozens, anyway)and perhaps its only fault really was in being a swashbuckling tale of derring-do. I don't really do swashbuckling tales of derring-do, so I'm not really one to judge. But I couldn't finish it.
Margaret09 | 25 other reviews | Apr 15, 2024 |
i have read 3 akunin mysteries and this is my favorite so far. The use of narratives from different characters (reminiscent of wilkie collins, one of my all time favorites) worked well and added to the variety, making up for the closed setting of the ship.
cspiwak | 29 other reviews | Mar 6, 2024 |
I read this book, the first in the series of 13 novels about the late 19th century Russian detective Erast Fandorin, when it first appeared some twenty years ago. I remember little about the plot, but I remember vividly how I felt — and how shocked I was at the ending. I have now read it for a second time.

Boris Akunin is a brilliant story-teller and also an excellent historian. His books are set in a real historical time and place (imperial Russia from 1876 to the Bolshevik coup d’etat in 1917). He’s been compared to Arthur Conan Doyle and Ian Fleming, but I think Akunin (whose real name is Grigory Chkhartishvili and who was born in Georgia) is a unique voice. One should not rush to compare his Fandorin to James Bond or Sherlock Holmes.

In this first book in the series we meet a very young Fandorin at the beginning of his career in the police, naive, prone to make mistakes, an incurable romantic and someone with truly amazing luck. Initially investigating the very public suicide of a student, Fandorin stumbles upon a vast international conspiracy — and no, it’s not the one you’re thinking of. A real pleasure to read and highly recommended.
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ericlee | 78 other reviews | Jan 2, 2024 |
too involved for me, but look forward to more stories
ChrisGreenDog | Apr 14, 2023 |



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Isak Rogde Translator
Ibolya Bagi Translator, Fordító
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William Hootkins Narrator, Reader
Arie van der Ent Translator
Andreas Tretner Translator, Übersetzer
Martti Ruokonen Kujundaja, Translator
Krista Mõisnik Toimetaja, Toimetaja.
Campbell Scott Narrator, Reader
Krzysztof Gosztyła Lektor., lektor
Nathan Burton Cover designer
Kari Klemelä Translator
Mirco Gallenzi Traduttore, Translator
Paul Michael Narrator
Veronika Einberg TÕlkija, Translator
Anton Nikkilä Translator
Pia Pera Translator
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Igor Buljan Translator
Odette Chevalot Translator
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Denisa Fejes Translator
Two Associates Cover designer
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Steve Hodson Narrator
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