A Russian Requiem is a page-turner with depth, a finely crafted novel about the small piece of history each of us bears and the way our intimate lives reflect and echo in the politics of nations. Speckled with humor and irony, rich in both psychological and political drama, it carries the reader on a post-cold war voyage through the Russian-and American-soul.
"I can't help but draw parallels between [Merullo's] take on the last days of the USSR and the contemporary changing of the guard we are fortunate to be witnessing in North Africa...Taking his cue from Graham Greene, Merullo crafts a political thriller with a profound moral compass, chronicling a former Soviet apparatchik's conflicted emotions as he decides between the safety of his position and the real hopes of freedom he has for his country." Tony D'Souza
"Merullo skillfully explores the lives of ordinary people caught in a dramatic transference of power...it is smoothly written and multifaceted, solidly depicting the isolation and poverty of a city far removed from Moscow and insightfully exploring the psyches of individuals caught in the conflicts between their ideals and their careers." -Publishers Weekly