Fandorin van Boris Akoenin

De afgelopen drie avonden heb ik een nieuw boek gelezen, of beter: “verslonden”.

Fandorin is de titel van het eerste uit een serie van detective romans, die Boris Akoenin, een moderne Russische schrijver, op korte tijd heeft geschreven.

Het handelt van een jonge Russische wees, die al snel opklimt tot een van de hogere rechercheurs in het Rusland van eind 19de eeuw (1876). Een aantal weeshuizen over de hele wereld worden misbruikt om weeskinderen te analyseren en vervolgens hun talenten te specialiseren om dan belangrijke plaatsen in wetenschap, politiek en kultuur in te nemen. In dit boek (en de andere uit de serie) beleef je het oude Rusland van eind 1900, dat indertijd heel erg Europees ingesteld was, en de wendingen en plots in de thriller zijn steeds weer verrassend.

Ik denk dat ik deze auteur aan mijn favorieten lijstje ga toevoegen!

De Morgen Bilbiotheek, Serie Spannende Boeken, Uitgeverij de Geus. ±300 pagina’s.

Boris Akunin
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Boris Akunin (or Grigory Shalvovich Chkhartishvili)
Born May 20, 1956
Tbilisi, Georgia

Boris Akunin (Russian: Борис Акунин) is the pen name of Grigory Shalvovich Chkhartishvili (Григорий Шалвович Чхартишвили), born May 20, 1956, a Russian essayist, literary translator, and fiction writer. He was born in Tbilisi into a Georgian family, and since 1958 has lived in Moscow. “Akunin” (悪人) is a Japanese word that translates loosely to “villain”. In his novel “Diamond Chariot”, the author defines an “akunin” further as one who creates his own rules. The pseudonym “B. Akunin” also alludes to the anarchist Mikhail Alexandrovich Bakunin and to Akuna, Anna Akhmatova’s home name.

Influenced by Japanese Kabuki theatre, he joined the historical-philological branch of the Institute of the countries of Asia and Africa of Moscow State University and became a Japanologist. He worked as assistant to the editor-in-chief of the magazine Foreign Literature, however at the beginning of October 2000 left there to work in fiction.

As Grigory Chkhartishvili, he is editor-in-chief of the 20-volume “Anthology of the Japanese literature”, chairman of the board of a megaproject “Pushkin library ” (Soros Fund), and the author of the book “The Writer and Suicide” (Moscow, The New literary Review, 1999), literary – critiques, translations from Japanese, American and English literature. Under a pseudonym Boris Akunin he wrote several works of fiction, mainly novels and stories in the following series: “Adventures of Erast Fandorin”, “The Adventures of sister Pelagia” and “The Adventures of the master”. Akunin’s specialty is historical mysteries set in the Imperial Russia. It was only after the first books of the Fandorin series were published to a lot of critical acclaim that the identity of B. Akunin (i.e., Chkhartishvili) was revealed.

In 2000 Boris Akunin was nominated for the Smirnoff-Booker prize. In September of 2000, Akunin was named the Russian Writer of the Year and was the winner of the literary prize “Antibooker” for 2000 for the novel Crowning or Coronation, or the last of the Romanovs.

Erast Fandorin books have been published in Italy, France, Japan, USA, Poland, Estonia, Germany and in other countries.

In late 2003 The British Crime Writers’ Association announced its short lists for its Dagger Awards 2003. Boris Akunin’s The Winter Queen was shortlisted in the category Gold & Silver Daggers for Fiction.

Two of Fandorin novels, Turkish Gambit and The State Councillor, were made into big-budget movies which broke Russian box-office records in 2005.


* Comedy/Tragedy (the Tragedy is also known as “Hamlet, by B. Akunin,” with “Mirror of Saint Germain” being the alternate name for the Comedy.)
* Sister Pelagia
o Pelagia and the White Bulldog / Пелагия и белый бульдог [1]
o Pelagia and the Black Monk / Пелагия и черный монах
o Pelagia and the Red Rooster / Пелагия и красный петух
* Fairy Tales for Idiots / Сказки для Идиотов [2]
* The Seagull / Чайка, Комедия в двух действиях: a reworking of Anton Chekhov’s Seagull as a mystery [3]
* Erast Fandorin – (dates are for the setting of the narrative not pub. dates)
1. The Winter Queen, original title Azazel / Азазель (1876, translated as ) [4]
2. The Turkish Gambit / Турецкий гамбит (1877) [5]: The story is set before the backdrop of the Russo-Turkish War, in particular the Siege of Pleven.
3. Murder on the Leviathan / Левиафан (1878) [6]
4. The Death of Achilles / Смерть Ахиллеса (1882) [7]: The story unwinds from the death of Mikhail Skobelev (called Sobolev in the novel) in a Moscow hotel.
5. The Jack of Spades / Пиковый валет (1886) [8]
6. The Decorator / Декоратор (1889, also translated as The Set Designer) [9]: Jack the Ripper in Moscow
7. The State Counsellor / Статский советник (1891)
8. Coronation, or the Last of the Romanovs / Коронация, или Последний из романов (1896): Surrounding the ascension of tsar Nicholas II
9. The Mistress of Death / Любовница смерти (1900)
10. The Lover of Death / Любовник Смерти (1900)
11. The Diamond Chariot / Алмазная колесница (1905 / 1878)
12. Jade Rosary Beads / Нефритовые четки (a collection of short novels and stories)

The Jack of Spades and The Decorator were published together in a single volume, Special Assignments.

* Nicholas Fandorin
o Altyn Tolobas / Алтын-толобас [10]
o Out-of-school reading/ Внеклассное чтение
o F.M.
* Series “Genres” 2005
o “Children’s Book”
o “Spy Novel”
o “Science Fiction”

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