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The Nuremberg Trials


Author: Alexander Zvyagintsev

Translator: Christopher Culver

Postwar Nuremberg is set to host a historically unprecedented trial of the leaders of the defeated Third Reich.

Postwar Nuremberg is set to host a historically unprecedented trial of the leaders of the defeated Third Reich. The whole world is awaiting a just verdict, but it is here where Soviet counterintelligence must wage a secret war against forces that seek to prevent that from happening at any cost. Nuremberg, having been nearly wiped from the face of the earth during the harsh fighting, becomes an arena for ruthless struggles in both hidden and overt operations. Nazis are still operating underground, spies weave their intrigues, politicians and diplomats make bargains, and movie stars dazzle the public. The enormous efforts led by the USSR’s chief prosecutor Roman Rudenko to expose the Nazi atrocities are threatened.

It is here where counterintelligence officer Major Denis Rebrov must operate: he has been tasked with a matter of special state importance. But in this old imperial city, the ruins of which are home to people who would do anything for a pack of cigarettes or a loaf of bread, where revelations about unimaginable crimes come out daily, Rebrov meets Princess Irina Kurakina, born to an aristocratic family of Russian emigres.

The pages of this novel abound with real historical figures. Besides the USSR chief prosecutor Rudenko and his American analogue Robert Jackson, readers will be introduced to Nazi bosses Goering, Ribbentrop, Hess and Kaltenbrunner, film stars Olga Chekhov (Hitler’s favorite actress) and Marlene Dietrich, as well as the “great leader” Stalin and his closest companions Molotov, Beria and Vyshinsky.

The Nuremberg Trials is based upon real facts that were hitherto unknown and details that the author, who spent many years studying the trials, learned from participants and witnesses.

Published with the support of the Institute for Literary Translation, Russia.

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Alexander Zvyagintsev’s (born 1948) creative career began when he was a schoolboy. He soon began to write stories, essays and articles, he even edited a placard newspaper and became active in drama and literary circles. A lawyer by training, he dedicated countless years to hands-on work in law enforcement, being present in many hotspots and was directly involved in high-profile criminal investigations. His extensive personal experience in jurisprudence, the untangling of complex cases and other dramatic situations has helped the author write a number of works on the primacy of universal values, the battle against evil, and the strengthening of democratic principles in politics and law. Zvyagintsev is a writer of action-packed prose and historical portraits. To most Russian readers he is known as a writer, not as a former Russian deputy attorney-general, although all of Zvyagintsev’s books reveal his involvement in law.

Zvyagintsev’s work has been recognized on a number of occasions. His novel Sarmat was nominated for best novel in 2004 by the Russian Publishers Association, with the book having been reprinted over twenty times. Whilst his novel The Nuremberg Trials was awarded a Special Prize by Literaturnaya Gazeta in 2012.

Six of Zvyagintsev’s novels have been adapted for film. Over fifteen films have been produced from his scripts. Many of his works have been published abroad and translated into various languages, including French, German, Spanish, Greek, Chinese, Polish, Bulgarian and Latvian.

Endorsements and Review Quotes

The Nuremberg Trials is a fascinating book: it’s the story of a ground-breaking event from the Russian point-of-view.” Lisa Hill, ANZ LitLovers

“The book is suspenseful and a real page-turner but not without its faults, including rather too large a cast of characters and a very complex plot, and it is often difficult to distinguish between the fact and the fiction.” Mandy Jenkinson, Historical Novel Society


Alexander Zvyagintsev


432 pages

Publication date

30th March 2019

Book Format

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