Top 10 Best Books to Read in Eastern European Literature - August 2021



Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Eastern European Literature. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. Surviving The Forest (World War II Brave Women Fiction)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Eastern European Literature - August 2021

Five shots on Saturday morning change their fate forever… Poland, 1939. Shurka is a happy young woman who lives a fairy tale life with her beloved husband and their two young children, in a pretty house in a village in Poland. She believes that nothing can hurt them. Or so she thinks… Then, World War II breaks out and the happy family quickly understands that their happiness has come to a brutal end. The family is forced to flee their house and find shelter in a neighboring ghetto, where they come to realized that the Gestapo is taking Jews away on trucks every night, never to be seen again. The family makes a brave and difficult choice to flee to the dark forest. There, surrounded by animals, they know that this is their only chance of escaping the real beasts. They have no idea what will await them, but they know that doing nothing is not an option if they wish to survive. “Surviving the Forest” is the second book in the "World War II Brave Women" series

  • Author: Adiva Geffen
  • Publisher: Independently published (February 6, 2019)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction
  • ISBN: 978-1796269406
  • Dimensions: 5 x 0.52 x 8 inches

                 

2. Father Brown Complete Murder Mysteries: The Innocence of Father Brown, The Wisdom of Father Brown, The Donnington Affair…


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Eastern European Literature - August 2021

Shabby and lumbering, with a face like a Norfolk dumpling, Father Brown makes for an improbable super-sleuth. But his innocence is the secret of his success: refusing the scientific method of detection, he adopts instead an approach of simple sympathy, interpreting each crime as a work of art, and each criminal as a man no worse than himself...

  • Author: G. K. Chesterton
  • Publisher: KTHTK (July 23, 2021)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism

                 

3. Fortune's Child: A Novel of Empress Theodora (The Theodora Duology Book 1)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Eastern European Literature - August 2021

KIRKUS REVIEWS: "A meticulously researched historical account presented in the form of a thrilling political drama." GRAND PRIZE 2019 Best Book, Chanticleer International Book Awards  Theodora: actress, prostitute, mistress, feminist. And Byzantine Empress of the Roman world. Stephen: handsome Syrian boy, wizard's apprentice, palace eunuch. And Secretary to the Empress. How does this unlikely pair become such allies that one day Empress Theodora asks Stephen to write her biography? From a very young age, Theodora, daughter of a circus bearkeeper in Constantinople, sets her sights well above her station in life. Her exquisite beauty sets her apart on stages and in the eyes of men. Stephen, a Syrian lad of striking good looks, is sold by his parents to a Persian wizard, who teaches him a skill in languages that will serve him well. By the time Destiny brings them together in Antioch, Theodora has undergone heart-rending trials and a transformation, while Stephen has been sold again . . . and castrated. Discover the enduring bond that, however imperfect, prompts Theodora—as Empress—to request palace eunuch Stephen to write her biography.  “A historical novel set in sixth-century Constantinople charts the extraordinary ascent of a woman from poverty to royal power. In this ambitious novel, the author vividly brings to life the cinematic story of Theodora’s life, chronicling her rise, more halting than meteoric, to spectacular power. Martin’s command of the historical period—not just the chief political events, but also the nuances of its cultural mores—is masterful. Furthermore, he conjoins that scholarly rigor with novelistic excitement—the entire tale is intelligently conveyed with great emotional poignancy. This is a meticulously researched historical account presented in the form of a thrilling political drama.” KIRKUS REVIEWS "Martin not only unfurls the vast canvas of history, but he paints the deeply personal side of the men and women who lived it. His settings and characters come to life in meticulously researched detail. I felt like I was there." — Lisa Wingate , New York Times Bestselling Author of  Before We Were Yours  "A treasure for historical fiction fans—richly detailed, immersive, and heart-pounding. Martin paints a vivid and satisfying portrait of one of history's most remarkable women." - Olivia Hawker , bestselling author of  The Ragged Edge of Night

  • Author: James Conroyd Martin
  • Publisher: Hussar Quill Press (October 27, 2019)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, World Literature

                 

4. War and Peace


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Eastern European Literature - August 2021

Hailed as one of the greatest novels of all time and a classic of world literature, War and Peace unfolds in the early nineteenth century during the turbulent years of the Napoleonic invasion of Russia. Tolstoy's epic ranges from stirring depictions of historical events to intimate portraits of family life, moving between public spectacles and private lives to offer a tale of both panoramic scope and closely observed detail. From the breathless excitement of 16-year-old Natasha Rostov's first ball, to Prince Andrei Bolkonsky's epiphany on the battlefield at Austerlitz, the novel abounds in memorable incidents, particularly those involving Pierre Bezukhov. A seeker after moral and spiritual truths, Pierre and his search for life's deeper meaning stand at the heart of this monumental book. A tale of strivers in a world fraught with conflict, social and political change, and spiritual confusion, Tolstoy's magnificent work continues to entertain, enlighten, and inspire readers around the world.

  • Author: Leo Tolstoy
  • Publisher: ClassicBooks (July 23, 2021)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Dramas & Plays

                 

5. The Brothers Karamazov


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Eastern European Literature - August 2021

The Brothers Karamasov is a murder mystery, a courtroom drama, and an exploration of erotic rivalry in a series of triangular love affairs involving the “wicked and sentimental” Fyodor Pavlovich Karamazov and his three sons—the impulsive and sensual Dmitri; the coldly rational Ivan; and the healthy, red-cheeked young novice Alyosha. Through the gripping events of their story, Dostoevsky portrays the whole of Russian life, is social and spiritual striving, in what was both the golden age and a tragic turning point in Russian culture.

  • Author: Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Publisher: ClassicBooks by KTHTK (July 23, 2021)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Dramas & Plays

                 



6. The Auschwitz Detective (Adam Lapid Mysteries)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Eastern European Literature - August 2021

The boy was murdered in Auschwitz. The killer isn't a Nazi. Poland, 1944: Adam Lapid used to be a police detective. Now he's a Jewish prisoner in Auschwitz. Reduced to a slave after losing his family in the gas chambers, Adam struggles to find a reason to carry on living. But when a boy is found murdered inside the camp, Adam is given the chance to be a detective again. Ordered to discover the identity of the killer, Adam must employ all his wits to solve the mystery while surviving the perils of Auschwitz. And he'd better catch the killer soon because the punishment for failure is death. The Auschwitz Detective is a gripping historical mystery that will thrill readers of murder mysteries and historical fiction.

  • Author: Jonathan Dunsky
  • Publisher: Lion Cub Publishing (March 3, 2021)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction
  • ISBN: 978-9657795057
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.69 x 9 inches

                 

7. Fyodor Dostoyevsky: The Complete Novels


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Eastern European Literature - August 2021

This book contains the complete novels of Fyodor Dostoyevsky in the chronological order of their original publication. - Poor Folk - The Double - Netochka Nezvanova - The Village of Stepanchikovo - Uncle's Dream - The Insulted and the Injured - The House of the Dead - Notes from Underground - Crime and Punishment - The Gambler - The Idiot - The Eternal Husband - Demons - The Adolescent - The Brothers Karamazov

  • Author: Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Publisher: KTHTK (July 23, 2021)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism

                 

8. 50 Masterpieces you have to read before you die vol: 2 (Kathartika™ Classics)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Eastern European Literature - August 2021

This 2nd volume contains the following 50 works, arranged alphabetically by authors’ last names: Jerome, Jerome K.: Three Men in a Boat Joyce, James: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man Joyce, James: Ulysses Kingsley, Charles: The Water-Babies Kipling, Rudyard: Kim La Fayette, Madame de: The Princess of Clèves Laclos, Pierre Choderlos de: Dangerous Liaisons Lawrence, D. H.: Sons and Lovers Lawrence, D. H.: The Rainbow Le Fanu, Sheridan: In a Glass Darkly Lewis, Matthew Gregory: The Monk Lewis, Sinclair: Main Street London, Jack: The Call of the Wild Lovecraft, H.P.: At the Mountains of Madness Mann, Thomas: Royal Highness Maugham, William Somerset: Of Human Bondage Maupassant, Guy de: Bel-Ami Melville, Herman: Moby-Dick Poe, Edgar Allan: The Fall of the House of Usher Proust, Marcel: Swann's Way Radcliffe, Ann: The Mysteries of Udolpho Richardson, Samuel: Clarissa Sand, George: The Devil’s Pool Scott, Walter: Ivanhoe Shelley, Mary: Frankenstein Sienkiewicz, Henryk: Quo Vadis Sinclair, May: Life and Death of Harriett Frean Sinclair, Upton: The Jungle Stendhal: The Red and the Black Stendhal: The Chartreuse of Parma Sterne, Laurence: Tristram Shandy Stevenson, Robert Louis: Treasure Island Stoker, Bram: Dracula Stowe, Harriet Beecher: Uncle Tom’s Cabin Swift, Jonathan: Gulliver's Travels Tagore, Rabindranath: The Home and the World Thackeray, William Makepeace: Vanity Fair Tolstoy, Leo: War and Peace Tolstoy, Leo: Anna Karenina Trollope, Anthony: The Way We Live Now Turgenev, Ivan: Fathers and Sons Twain, Mark: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Verne, Jules: Journey to the Center of the Earth Wallace, Lew: Ben-Hur Wells, H. G.: The Time Machine West, Rebecca: The Return of the Soldier Wharton, Edith: The Age of Innocence Wilde, Oscar: The Picture of Dorian Gray Xueqin, Cao: The Dream of the Red Chamber Zola, Émile: Germinal

  • Author: Lewis Carroll
  • Publisher: KTHTK (July 23, 2021)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Literature & Fiction

                 

9. The Last Panther - Slaughter of the Reich - The Halbe Kessel 1945 (Wolfgang Faust's Panzer Books Book 3)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Eastern European Literature - August 2021

While the Battle of Berlin in 1945 is widely known, the horrific story of the Halbe Kessel remains largely untold. In April 1945, victorious Soviet forces encircled 80,000 men of the German 9th Army in the Halbe area, South of Berlin, together with many thousands of German women and children. The German troops, desperate to avoid Soviet capture, battled furiously to break out towards the West, where they could surrender to the comparative safety of the Americans. For the German civilians trapped in the Kessel, the quest to escape took on frantic dimensions, as the terror of Red Army brutality spread. The small town of Halbe became the eye of the hurricane for the breakout, as King Tigers of the SS Panzer Corps led the spearhead to the West, supported by Panthers of the battle-hardened 21st Panzer Division. Panzer by panzer, unit by unit, the breakout forces were cut down – until only a handful of Panthers, other armour, battered infantry units and columns of shattered refugees made a final escape through the rings of fire to the American lines. This first-hand account by the commander of one of those Panther tanks relates with devastating clarity the conditions inside the Kessel, the ferocity of the breakout attempt through Halbe, and the subsequent running battles between overwhelming Soviet forces and the exhausted Reich troops, who were using their last reserves of fuel, ammunition, strength and hope. Eloquent German-perspective accounts of World War 2 are surprisingly rare, and the recent reissue of Wolfgang Faust’s 1948 memoir ‘Tiger Tracks’ has fascinated readers around the world with its insight into the Eastern Front. In ‘The Last Panther,’ Faust used his unique knowledge of tank warfare to describe the final collapse of the Third Reich and the murderous combat between the German and Russian armies. He gives us a shocking testament to the cataclysmic final hours of the Reich, and the horrors of this last eruption of violence among the idyllic forests and meadows of Germany.

  • Author: Wolfgang Faust
  • Publisher: Bayern Classic Publications (May 20, 2015)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Biographies & Memoirs

                 

10. One Girl in Auschwitz: A WW2 Jewish Girl's Holocaust Survival True Story


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Eastern European Literature - August 2021

How will one girl survive the horrors of Auschwitz on her own? Poland, 1944. The train slowed and halted with a squeal of the brakes. It felt like they waited in the carriage for an eternity, but eventually, the heavy doors opened, directly into the chaos outside. Sarh Leibovits, a 16-year-old Jewish girl, was a passenger on the train, together with her family. Within minutes, their horrific fate was sealed. The little family spent its final minutes together on the platform at Auschwitz, before its members were dispersed in all directions, and each was left alone to their own fate. Isolated from her family, Sara was left alone to face the many physical labors and the lowest points of her life, while trying to maintain values like courage, faith and helping others, all to survive the true manifestation of Hell on earth – Auschwitz. This is the moving story of Sara Leibovits, laced with hair-raising descriptions of her time in Auschwitz and the incredible pain and hardships she went through, together with the rest of the survivors. Her story is intertwined with that of her daughter, seventy years later, who embodies the voice of the second generation and completes the Holocaust survivors’ tale.

  • Author: Sara Leibovits
  • Publisher: Independently published (December 28, 2020)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction
  • ISBN: 979-8587179820
  • Dimensions: 5.06 x 0.5 x 7.81 inches