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About the author

My name is Elvira Baryakina, and I write historical novels set in the first half of the 20th century.

Whenever I discover a fascinating new topic, I find myself on a journey leading me to places as disparate as Moscow, Buenos Aires, Shanghai and Los Angeles.

My goal is to collect small fragments of stories that have been scattered across different countries and reconstruct a chain of neglected historical events that provides a much bigger picture. To some extent, it is detective work, but it's not criminals I'm chasing after but elusive answers to questions that have been bothering me ever since I was a child.

I am studying the USSR--not so much as a state but as a mighty quasi-religious order, which had its own domain, relics and crusades all over the world.

The Soviet Union succeeded in subjugating vast territories and millions of people and was the wellspring of unimaginable atrocities as well as striking achievements and exploits. It was admired, imitated and loathed.

But most of all I am interested in the people who dared to challenge the Soviet regime. If you were in its clutches, it was unthinkable to resist--it could grind you into the dust in an instant. Nevertheless, there were brave men and women who refused to become dehumanized cogs in a giant system. My books are about these people.

My website is www.baryakina.com/en/ Come over, I sometimes give books away for free.