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Owen Matthews - Author

About the Author

OWEN MATTHEWS worked as a war correspondent in Bosnia, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Chechnya, Iraq and Ukraine and was Newsweek magazine's bureau chief in Moscow from 2006 until 2016. He has written several works of non-fiction including the critically-acclaimed Stalin's Children and An Impeccable Spy. Black Sun is his first novel. He lives in Moscow and Oxford.

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Black Sun

Black Sun

Author: Owen Matthews Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/07/2020

'Outstanding' SUNDAY TIMES 'Crime Book of the Month' 'A stunning debut thriller . . . ferocious, authentic and utterly terrifying . . . absolutely riveting' DAILY MAIL 1961. Hidden deep within central Soviet Russia is a place that doesn't appear on any map: a city called Arzamas-16. Here a community of dedicated scientists and technicians is building the most powerful nuclear device the world will ever see - three thousand times more powerful than Hiroshima. But days before the bomb is to be tested, a young physicist is found dead. His body contains enough radioactive poison to kill thousands. The Arzamas authorities believe it is suicide - they want the corpse disposed of, the incident filed and forgotten. But Moscow is alarmed by what's going on in this strange, isolated place. And so KGB major Alexander Vasin is sent to investigate. What he finds in Arzamas is unlike anything he's experienced before. His wits will be tested against some of the most brilliant minds in the Soviet Union - eccentrics, patriots and dissidents who, because their work is considered to be of such vital national importance, have been granted the freedom to think and act, live and love as they wish. For in Arzamas, nothing can be allowed to get in the way of the project. Not even murder . . . Intricately researched, cunningly plotted and brilliantly told, Black Sun is a fast-paced and timely thriller set at the height - and in the heart - of Soviet power from the acclaimed author of An Impeccable Spy: Richard Sorge, Stalin's Master Agent

An Impeccable Spy

An Impeccable Spy

Author: Owen Matthews Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2020

SHORTLISTED FOR THE PUSHKIN HOUSE PRIZE 'The most formidable spy in history' IAN FLEMING 'His work was impeccable' KIM PHILBY 'The spy to end spies' JOHN LE CARRE Born of a German father and a Russian mother, Richard Sorge moved in a world of shifting alliances and infinite possibility. In the years leading up to and during the Second World War, he became a fanatical communist - and the Soviet Union's most formidable spy. Combining charm with ruthless manipulation, he infiltrated and influenced the highest echelons of German, Chinese and Japanese society. His intelligence proved pivotal to the Soviet counter-offensive in the Battle of Moscow, which in turn determined the outcome of the war itself. Drawing on a wealth of declassified Soviet archives, this is a major biography of one of the greatest spies who ever lived.

Black Sun

Black Sun

Author: Owen Matthews Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/07/2019

1961. Hidden deep within the forests of central Soviet Russia is a place that doesn't appear on any map: a city called Arzamas-16. Here a community of dedicated scientists, technicians and engineers are building the most powerful nuclear device the world will ever see - three thousand times more powerful than Hiroshima. But ten days before the bomb is to be tested, a young physicist is found dead. His body contains enough radioactive poison to kill thousands. The Arzamas authorities believe it is suicide - they want the corpse disposed of and the incident forgotten. But someone in Moscow is alarmed by what's going on in this strange, isolated place. And so Major Alexander Vasin - a mostly good KGB officer - is despatched to Arzamas to investigate. What he finds there is unlike anything he's experienced before. His wits will be tested against some of the most brilliant minds in the Soviet Union - eccentrics, patriots and dissidents who, because their work is considered to be of such vital national importance, have been granted the freedom to think and act, live and love as they wish. In Arzamas, nothing can be allowed to get in the way of the project. Not even murder . . . Intricately researched, cunningly plotted and brilliantly told, Black Sun is a fast-paced and timely thriller set at the height - and in the heart - of Soviet power.

An Impeccable Spy

An Impeccable Spy

Author: Owen Matthews Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/03/2019

SHORTLISTED FOR THE PUSHKIN HOUSE PRIZE 'The most formidable spy in history' Ian Fleming 'A superb biography ... More than a hundred books have been written about him and this is undoubtedly the best' Ben Macintyre Richard Sorge was a man with two homelands. Born of a German father and a Russian mother in Baku in 1895, he moved in a world of shifting alliances and infinite possibility. A member of the angry and deluded generation who found new, radical faiths after their experiences on the battlefields of the First World War, Sorge became a fanatical communist - and the Soviet Union's most formidable spy. Like many great spies, Sorge was an effortless seducer, combining charm with ruthless manipulation. He did not have to go undercover to find out closely guarded state secrets - his victims willingly shared them. As a foreign correspondent, he infiltrated and influenced the highest echelons of German, Chinese and Japanese society in the years leading up to and including the Second World War. His intelligence regarding Operation Barbarossa and Japanese intentions not to invade Siberia in 1941 proved pivotal to the Soviet counteroffensive in the Battle of Moscow, which in turn determined the outcome of the war. Never before has Sorge's story been told from the Russian side as well as the German and Japanese. Owen Matthews takes a sweeping historical perspective and draws on a wealth of declassified Soviet archives - along with testimonies from those who knew and worked with Sorge - to rescue the riveting story of the man described by Ian Fleming as 'the most formidable spy in history'.

Moskau Babylon

Moskau Babylon

Author: Owen Matthews Format: eBook Release Date: 27/02/2015

Boomtown Moskau der neunziger Jahre: Fasziniert und abgestoen zugleich schaut PR-Manager Lambert zuerst von auen in die Abgrunde dieser Welt aus Kommerz, Drogen und Luxus. Dann verliebt er sich in die schone Sonia und wird, ohne es zu wollen, zum dostojewskischen Helden. Ein literarischer Thriller der Extraklasse. Hier ist alles grer, gewaltiger, opulenter als das, was er bisher kannte: Als der Brite Lambert 1995 in Moskau eintrifft, fhlt er sich wie auf Safari im postsowjetischen Dschungel. Ob es die eisigen Winter oder die berhitzten Partys, die Kaviar- und Wodkamengen, die groen Autos oder die marmorgetfelten Metro-Stationen sind: Wer kann, sbelt sich ein mglichst groes Stck vom Kuchen ab. Wer nicht, hat Pech gehabt. Klar, Lambert ist hierhergekommen, um das richtige Leben zu spren. Aber wie alle Auslnder lebt er in einer Parallelwelt, die nicht nur von schnen Nataschas bevlkert wird. Sondern auch von ebenso charismatischen wie hundsgemeinen Verbrechern. Im letzten Moment will Lambert seine moralische Integritt zurckgewinnen, aber da ist es bereits zu spt ... "e;Ein fesselnder Kenner der russischen Seele, eine Mischung aus Dostojewski und Bret Easton Ellis."e; Le Point

Glorious Misadventures

Glorious Misadventures

Author: Owen Matthews Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/07/2014

The Russian Empire once extended deep into America: in 1818 Russia's furthest outposts were in California and Hawaii. The dreamer behind this great Imperial vision was Nikolai Rezanov - diplomat, adventurer, courtier, millionaire and gambler. His quest to plant Russian colonies from Siberia to California led him to San Francisco, where he was captivated by Conchita, the fifteen-year-old daughter of the Spanish Governor, who embodied his dreams of both love and empire. From the glittering court of Catherine the Great to the wilds of the New World, Matthews conjures a brilliantly original portrait of one of Russia's most eccentric Empire-builders.

Winterkinder

Winterkinder

Author: Owen Matthews Format: eBook Release Date: 17/03/2014

Owen Matthews, Sohn einer Russin und eines Englanders, erzahlt seine eigene Familiengeschichte und ein mitreiendes Stuck Zeitgeschichte. Er schildert das Drama Russlands von innen heraus. Ein Bestseller, der in 28 Landern erschien. An einem Mittsommertag im Jahr 1937 ksste Boris Bibikow seine beiden Tchter zum Abschied und verschwand fr immer. Eine der beiden, Mila, verliebte sich viele Jahre spter, mitten im Moskau des Kalten Krieges, in einen jungen Englnder und beginnt mit ihm eine gefhrliche, leidenschaftliche Affre. Jahrzehnte spter trgt ihr Sohn Owen Matthews die Puzzleteile dieser dramatischen Geschichte zusammen: Er mchte wissen, wie sein Grovater den grausamen Suberungen Stalins zum Opfer fiel. Wie seine Mutter ihre Kindheit in Waisenhusern berlebte. Und wie Willkr, bittere Armut und ideologischer Fanatismus jahrzehntelang einen ganzen Kontinent beherrschen konnten. Und schlielich: wie die leidenschaftliche, ungewhnliche Liebesgeschichte seiner Eltern mitten im Moskau des Kalten Krieges ihr glckliches Ende fand.

Stalin's Children

Stalin's Children

Author: Owen Matthews Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/05/2009

On a midsummer day in 1937, Boris Bibikov kissed his two daughters goodbye and disappeared. One of those girls, Lyudmila, was to fall in love with a tall young foreigner in Moscow at the height of the Cold War and embark on a dangerous and passionate affair. Decades later, a reporter in nineties Moscow, her son Owen Matthews pieces together his grandfather's passage through the harrowing world of Stalin's purges, and tells the story of his parents' Cold War love affair through their heartbreaking letters and memories. Stalin's Children is a raw, vivid memoir about a young man's struggle to understand his parents' lives and the history of the strange country in which they lived.

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