As October nears its end, it's time to announce the next month's challenge! At the time of writing this, the leading suggestion is...
Tower of Secrets, by Victor Sheymov, suggested by BESW.
To provide their motivation for suggesting this book:
Tower of Secrets by Victor Sheymov is an autobiographical account of a KGB agent's gradual disillusionment with communism and his eventual defection. It's entertaining simply as a spy thriller, and insightful as a historical document, but Tower is also notable for the storytelling techniques Sheymov uses to help Western readers enter the perspective and mindspace of a KGB operative.
Our reading challenge tradition comes from here. In short, during November, any question asked about Tower of Secrets (and tagged with tower-of-secrets, victor-sheymov, and russian-literature) will be considered part of the challenge - go for it!
As usual, we always welcome new challenge ideas in this post.