I have read this book in Russian, watch the Russian movie, and now listened to it in English. I am very impressed with the translation, and with the ..Show More »reading as well.
For those who is in doubt: This book, called ?Azazel? in Russian, starts the series of wonderfully written detective stories taking place in Russia sometime after Anna Korenina and before the Revolution. The style is superb, the plot is intriguing; this book (and the series that followed) is one of the best things that happened to the contemporary Russian literature.
Currently, only two books of this series are translated into English (as far as I know): the Winter Queen and Murder on the Leviathan.
This book is the third in the Fandorin Series. This series is quite remarkable, in sense that Akunin tries different styles of a mystery in each part:..Show More » the Leviathan story is written in A. Christie's style, for instance – the Oriental express comes to mind immediately. This one is a war espionage story told by a young woman who ran to the frontline to see her fianc?. As any other Fandorin story, it is enchanting – the language and the main character are quite captivating.
After his adventures described in "the Winter Queen," young Russian diplomat travels to Japan on board of Leviathan, where a series of unfortunate and..Show More » mysterious events take place. The setting of the novel somewhat reminds Agatha's stories, but Akunin's book offers more than a thrilling mystery: the language is truly exquisite, and the translation into English did not ruin it. I have read the book in Russian and listened to it in English, and loved the both versions. I just wish more books from the series about Erast Fandorin were available in English, and I certainly will continue to look for them.