If you are really interested to learn about the current Russian history, Aleksey Ivanov’s work will be very stimulating. Among his best books are “Psoglavtsi”, “Zoloto Bunta” and “Bludo i Mudo”, as well as “Geograph Drank His Globe Away” (which came out as a movie also in 2013). Ivanov's books are very Russian though, you need to know the context quite well to really get them. But if you do, it's a very rewarding reading that becomes universal in its discourse about the roots and identify.
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