Breaking Stalin's Nose
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Check out the official website for the novel. It includes some really cool scoop on the Young Soviet Pioneers, the May Day parade, and Sasha's Moscow. As an added bonus, you also get some more information here about Sasha and other characters (things that did not make it into the book).
Check out this user-friendly guide to the basics of communism.
From the always on the mark folks at the BBC, here's a timeline of major events affecting the USSR.
We've shmooped the Cold War, FYI, FYE.
The BBC's (British Broadcasting Corporation) website detailing the history behind the Cold War, which is part of the larger setting of this novel.
This timeline of major events that went down during the Cold War should help you put Sasha's life in historical context.
He's not only an author, but also an artist.
Articles and Interviews
Check out this detailed review from The Wall Street Journal. Yep, capitalism's favorite newspaper has taken on a book about communism.
This interview with Eugene Yelchin from American Jewish University pre-dates Breaking Stalin's Nose, but he gives us a teaser at the end.
This one's courtesy of California Readers. Yelchin discusses his writing process, where he got his idea for the novel, and what inspires him.
… complete with a uniformed Young Soviet Pioneer.
This brief clip with Yelchin gives us some background on his Newbery-winning novel. And he just so happens to be wearing a red scarf.
Live and in person and grinning like crazy.
While this one was filmed in 1974, it will still give you a good idea of the type of pageantry that guided the May Day parades of Sasha's time.
Eugene Yelchin provides some background information on his book, and reads Chapter 2. Bonus!
The author tells us how to pronounce his name, and provides background on its Russian origin.
Check out the cover for the American edition of Yelchin's book. Poor kid must be freezing.
Red scarves, short shorts, and knee socks. Now that's a uniform.
Here's the author, in the flesh.