Viv Groskop

Sana Krasikov

Is The Patriots the 21st century’s Doctor Zhivago?

25 March 2017 9:00 am

Trailing rave US reviews, fan letters from Yann Martel and Khaled Hosseini and a reputation as ‘Doctor Zhivago for the…

The Boston marathon bombers: Muslim radicals or ordinary American citizens?

20 June 2015 9:00 am

As Masha Gessen herself admits — and as friends and journalist colleagues repeatedly told her — it was a strange…

From Russia with love

The Great Gatsby meets Fifty Shades of Oligarch

18 April 2015 9:00 am

It’s surprising there haven’t been more novels drawing on London’s fascination with Russian oligarchs. But how to write about them…

Poster for Pulgasari, Shin’s answer to Godzilla

The Dear Leader’s passion for films — and the real-life horror movie it led to

7 March 2015 9:00 am

Ahead of last year’s release of The Interview, the Seth Rogen film about two journalists instructed to assassinate Kim Jong-un,…

Enough, comrades, it’s time to give Transnistria a break

Transnistria: a breakaway republic of a breakaway republic

13 December 2014 9:00 am

Transnistria is not an area well-served by travel literature or, really, literature of any kind. The insubstantial-seeming post-Soviet sandwich-filling between…