By Rathbones Folio Prize

By Rathbones Folio Prize

We invited Folio Academy members to recommend a book or text by a Ukrainian writer, or a book which illuminates the conflict in some way.

The Master and Margarita (Vintage Classic Russians Series)

Mikhail Bulgakov

£12.99 £12.34

Paul Pickering recommends: The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov (1967, Glenny translation, Vintage) ‘about the devil turning up in Moscow, which satirises absurdities of Soviet life that evidently have not gone away’


Roberto Bolano

£14.99 £14.24

Paul Pickering recommends: 2666 by Roberto Bolaño (2009, Wimmer translation, Picador) ‘which goes to the very core of authoritarianism.’

Deaf Republic

Ilya Kaminsky

£10.99 £10.44

Lisa Appignanesi recommends: The poem We Lived Happily During the War by Ilya Kaminsky

The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance

Edmund de Waal

£10.99 £10.44

Lisa Appignanesi recommends: The Hare with the Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal ‘because the family stems from Odessa’

Death and the Penguin: A BBC Two Between the Covers Pick

Andrey Kurkov

£9.99 £9.49

Ali Smith recommends: Death and the Penguin, by Andrey Kurkov for Kyiv, of course. Rivka Galchen recommends: ‘I often teach this unusual and perfect novel, and again and again it is a student favourite. It is dark, brutal and mysterious; but also funny, tender and surprising. That such a book could be written is its own form of optimism. Also it has a penguin in it.’


Maria Tumarkin

£12.99 £12.34

Emily Perkins recommends Axiomatic or any other title by Maria Tumarkin. Please also see her page here linking to a Ukrainian Crisis Appeal donations site: https://www.mariabooks4ukraine.com

Kleptopia: How Dirty Money is Conquering the World

Tom Burgis

£9.99 £9.49

Ali Smith recommends: Tom Burgis’s bracing and clear Kleptopia, for London’s laundering connections to what’s happening.’

East West Street: Winner of the Baillie Gifford Prize

QC Sands Philippe

£9.99 £9.49

Ali Smith recommends: And everything by Philippe Sands for the histories of Lviv.

Riot Days

Maria Alyokhina

£10.99 £10.44

Ali Smith recommends: Riot Days by Maria Alyokhina re Putin.

And Quiet Flows the Don

Mikhail Sholokhov

£9.99 £9.49

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