History Literature / ErastFandorin

23rd Mar '17 10:29:24 PM jamespolk
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* UndesirablePrize: Fandorin won a huge ugly wooden clock that won't fit into his room in a lottery, much to his own horror. [[spoiler: [[ChekhovsGun It saved his life.]]]]
* UnreliableNarrator: several in ''Murder on the Leviathan'' (not quite narrators in 3 out 5 cases, but the perspective shifts to them and the unreliability is there), but especially [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness Lord Milford-Stokes]].
23rd Mar '17 10:24:54 PM jamespolk
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* GoodbyeCruelWorld: The villain's confession in ''Murder on the Leviathan'' [[spoiler: seems to be this at first]].



* IfICantHaveYou:
** When the passengers in ''Murder on the Leviathan'' start fighting over the Indian shawl MacGuffin ([[spoiler:which is actually a map showing the location of a treasure valuable enough to double the size of the Royal Navy, pay for a French revanche against Germany, or wipe out Russia's foreign debts]]) it's heavily implied that Fandorin deliberately let it blow out of the window to be lost at sea.
** A straighter example can be found in the latest book, ''All the World's a Stage'', where [[spoiler:the villain realizes that he cannot win the love and respect of the woman he is obsessed with and decides to kill her and everyone else in her actor troupe in a suicide bombing]].

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* IfICantHaveYou:
** When the passengers in ''Murder on the Leviathan'' start fighting over the Indian shawl MacGuffin ([[spoiler:which is actually a map showing the location of a treasure valuable enough to double the size of the Royal Navy, pay for a French revanche against Germany, or wipe out Russia's foreign debts]]) it's heavily implied that Fandorin deliberately let it blow out of the window to be lost at sea.
** A straighter example can be found in the latest book, ''All
IfICantHaveYou:''All the World's a Stage'', where [[spoiler:the villain realizes that he cannot win the love and respect of the woman he is obsessed with and decides to kill her and everyone else in her actor troupe in a suicide bombing]].



* MacGuffin: [[spoiler: The Indian shawl]] in ''Murder on the Leviathan''.



* TheManBehindTheMan: [[spoiler: Marie Sanfon behind Lieutenant Renier]] in ''Murder on the Leviathan''.



* NobleBigotWithABadge: Gustave Gauche, [[spoiler: though the 'noble' part failed to stand up to the test in the end]].
* ObfuscatingStupidity: [[spoiler:"Renata Kleber"]] in ''Murder on the Leviathan''.



** ''Murder on the Leviathan'' cycles through several different POV characters.



* TenLittleMurderVictims: A variation: the French detective in ''Murder on the Leviathan'' was sure that the murderer he was chasing after was somewhere on the large ship, and made sure to have his primary suspects assigned to the same salon to keep an eye on them. Then played straight when ''one of those suspects'' was killed too.
23rd Mar '17 10:03:53 PM jamespolk
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* BigSecret: half the characters in ''Murder on the Leviathan'' either have this or seem like it (which is enough to throw off the investigation).
* BittersweetEnding:
** In ''Murder on the Leviathan'' several of the main protagonists end up dead, one is gravely wounded, not counting ten victims of the murder that sets the whole plot in motion. The perpetrator is captured [[spoiler: but the plan was so meticulous that the mastermind is supposed to get off with a short prison term]], also, the goal of the perpetrator, [[spoiler: a fortune in gems]] is possibly lost forever.
** In ''Decorator'', Fandorin manages to catch the extremely dangerous deranged serial killer (who happens to be [[spoiler:UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper himself]]) and then [[spoiler:executes him]] but is left by his lover, who says she cannot live with [[spoiler:a man who can kill defenseless captive]], even though she understands it was necessary. Also [[spoiler:Anisiy Tulipov and his sister]] are murdered by the killer.

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* BigSecret: half the characters in ''Murder on the Leviathan'' either have this or seem like it (which is enough to throw off the investigation).
* BittersweetEnding:
** In ''Murder on the Leviathan'' several of the main protagonists end up dead, one is gravely wounded, not counting ten victims of the murder that sets the whole plot in motion. The perpetrator is captured [[spoiler: but the plan was so meticulous that the mastermind is supposed to get off with a short prison term]], also, the goal of the perpetrator, [[spoiler: a fortune in gems]] is possibly lost forever.
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BittersweetEnding: In ''Decorator'', Fandorin manages to catch the extremely dangerous deranged serial killer (who happens to be [[spoiler:UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper himself]]) and then [[spoiler:executes him]] but is left by his lover, who says she cannot live with [[spoiler:a man who can kill defenseless captive]], even though she understands it was necessary. Also [[spoiler:Anisiy Tulipov and his sister]] are murdered by the killer.



* CannotSpitItOut: Gintaro Aono in ''Murder on the Leviathan'', about [[spoiler: him being a doctor and his missing scalpel]]. This got him arrested, [[spoiler: though he was released pretty quickly thanks to Fandorin's intervention]].



* DeadAllAlong: Though never confirmed due to lack of OmniscientNarrator, it is heavily implied that [[spoiler:Emily]], recipient of [[spoiler:letters written by Reginald Milford-Stokes]] from ''Murder on the Leviathan'' is actually dead. There are several clues related to this death before the denouement.



* FemmeFatale: Marie Sanfon in ''Murder on the Leviathan''. [[spoiler: Dr.Lind, anyone?]]

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* FemmeFatale: Marie Sanfon in ''Murder on the Leviathan''. [[spoiler: Dr.Lind, anyone?]]



* FrenchJerk: Gustave Gauche.
* FreudianExcuse: Lampshaded by Gustave Gauche and used by [[spoiler:Renier]] in ''Murder on the Leviathan''.



* FunnyForeigner: Gintaro Aono in ''Murder on the Leviathan'' seems to be this, partly because of his ludicrous accent; it's handily subverted in the parts of the novel that are written from ''his'' point of view, though. Also lampshaded, as he realizes that he can use his status of FunnyForeigner (a 'wild Asian' as he puts it) to appear in his loose and light traditional Japanese garb, much better suited to the scorching heat than woolen European suits all other upper-class men are obliged to wear.
23rd Mar '17 9:40:58 PM jamespolk
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* ''Literature/MurderOnTheLeviathan''
22nd Mar '17 11:53:12 PM jamespolk
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* AnachronicOrder: The entire series. The first 9 1/2 novels track Fandorin's life from 1876 to 1905--but Part II of ''The Diamond Chariot'' leaps back to 1878. The next book, ''Jade Rosary Beads'', fills in Fandorin's adventures in the 1880s. Then with ''All the World's a Stage'' Akunin jumps forward to 1911 to pick up the progress of Fandorin's life again.

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* AnachronicOrder: The entire series. The first 9 1/2 novels track Fandorin's life from 1876 to 1905--but Part II of ''The Diamond Chariot'' leaps back to 1878. The next book, ''Jade Rosary Beads'', fills in Fandorin's adventures in the 1880s. Then with ''All the World's a Stage'' Akunin jumps forward to 1911 to pick up the progress of Fandorin's life again. Then after ''The Black City'' takes Fandorin to 1914, the three novellas of ''Planet Water'' fill in some more of his adventures 1902-1912.



** Akunin does this on occasion deliberately, for humorous effect. ''The Winter Queen'' has Fandorin using a telephone in Moscow in 1876--the same year that the telephone was being invented in the United States.

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** Akunin does this on occasion deliberately, for humorous effect. ''The Winter Queen'' has Fandorin a character using a telephone in Moscow in 1876--the same year that the telephone was being invented in the United States.
22nd Mar '17 6:42:13 PM jamespolk
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** Fandorin's victories seldom come without a price. Also, in a more specific example, [[spoiler:in ''The Turkish Gambit'', Fandorin manages to stop the villain's EvilPlan before its final and most disastrous (for the Russians) stage could commence, the villain ends up shooting himself, and the war is won, but it is very much a PyrrhicVictory, lots of [[RedShirtArmy soldiers]] and several characters are dead, and Fandorin himself [[ButNowIMustGo leaves for Japan]]]].



* TheCavalry: A literal example in ''The Turkish Gambit'': Sobolev's UsefulNotes/{{cossacks}} arrive to rescue Fandorin and Varvara from the Bashi-bazouks.



* CompletelyDifferentTitle: The original Russian title of ''The Winter Queen'' is ''Azazel'', a reference to the secret society at the center of the mystery. The English title is a random reference to a hotel Fandorin stays at.



* DubNameChange: Charles d'Hevrais became Charles ''Paladin'' in Bromfield's translation of ''The Turkish Gambit'' (justified because [[spoiler:"d'Hevrais" (French "from Hevrais") is a huge giveaway of Charles' real identity, namely, Anwar Effendi (born in the town of Hevrais); it works well in Russian because the Cyrillic spelling of "d'Hevrais" and "Hevrais" are almost nothing alike but in English, it would be a ruinous spoiler]]). Later, Anisiy Tulpanov became Anisiy ''Tulipov'' (because "tulpan" is Russian for "tulip" and Anisiy's family is explained to have been named after that flower).

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* DubNameChange: Charles d'Hevrais became Charles ''Paladin'' in Bromfield's translation of ''The Turkish Gambit'' (justified because [[spoiler:"d'Hevrais" (French "from Hevrais") is a huge giveaway of Charles' real identity, namely, Anwar Effendi (born in the town of Hevrais); it works well in Russian because the Cyrillic spelling of "d'Hevrais" and "Hevrais" are almost nothing alike but in English, it would be a ruinous spoiler]]). Later, Anisiy Tulpanov became Anisiy ''Tulipov'' (because "tulpan" is Russian for "tulip" and Anisiy's family is explained to have been named after that flower).



* {{Jerkass}}: Colonel Lukan in ''The Turkish Gambit''



* MadScientist: Doctor Blank in ''The Winter Queen''.



* MrFanservice: D'Hevrais in ''The Turkish Gambit''
* MyCountryRightOrWrong: Fandorin himself has this to some extent, as do some other characters otherwise critical of the Tsar's government and policies. On the other hand, averted with [[spoiler:Anwar Effendi, the Ottoman super-spy, who is perfectly willing to sacrifice his own country for sake of stopping autocratic Russia and winning time for the liberal powers of the West]].

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* MrFanservice: D'Hevrais in ''The Turkish Gambit''
* MyCountryRightOrWrong: Fandorin himself has this to some extent, as do some other characters otherwise critical of the Tsar's government and policies. On the other hand, averted with [[spoiler:Anwar Effendi, the Ottoman super-spy, who is perfectly willing to sacrifice his own country for sake of stopping autocratic Russia and winning time for the liberal powers of the West]].



* NotSoDifferent: Fandorin and Anwar Effendi.



* OfficerAndAGentleman: Several in ''The Turkish Gambit'', but especially Sobolev.



* SpyDrama: ''The Turkish Gambit'', ''The Diamond Chariot''.

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* SpyDrama: ''The Turkish Gambit'', ''The Diamond Chariot''.



* StressVomit: Subverted in ''The Turkish Gambit'', when Varya throws up after spending days bandaging the wounded and, to top it off, learning that her fiance attempted suicide. She thinks that it's just stress but it turns out that she contracted typhoid fever, putting her out of commission for weeks.



** Lady Astair, the BigBad from the first novel, is certainly this.
22nd Mar '17 6:04:19 PM jamespolk
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* ''Literature/TheTurkishGambit''
21st Mar '17 10:25:47 PM jamespolk
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The books were written by Boris Akunin (his real name is Grigory Shalvovich Chkhartishvili but it's [[{{Gesundheit}} too difficult to pronounce]]) and noted for their eloquent writing style, remarkable characters, intelligent mysteries, and countless references to Russian history and literature. Every book in the series belongs to a different subgenre of detective mystery (GovernmentConspiracy, SpyDrama, ProfessionalKiller mystery, etc.). English translations were published for every novel through ''The Diamond Chariot''.[[note]]After a six-year gap a translation for ''All The World's a Stage'' has been announced for the fall of 2017; ''Jade Rosary Beads'' is apparently getting skipped[[/note]] Akunin has also written several novels set in the present day and starring Fandorin's grandson Nicholas Fandorin.

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The books were written by Boris Akunin (his real name is Grigory Shalvovich Chkhartishvili but it's [[{{Gesundheit}} too difficult to pronounce]]) and noted for their eloquent writing style, remarkable characters, intelligent mysteries, and countless references to Russian history and literature. Every book in the series belongs to a different subgenre of detective mystery (GovernmentConspiracy, SpyDrama, ProfessionalKiller mystery, etc.). English translations were published for every novel through Fandorin #10, ''The Diamond Chariot''.[[note]]After a six-year gap a translation for Fandorin #12, ''All The World's a Stage'' has been announced for the fall of 2017; ''Jade Rosary Beads'' is apparently getting skipped[[/note]] Akunin has also written several novels set in the present day and starring Fandorin's grandson Nicholas Fandorin.
21st Mar '17 10:24:25 PM jamespolk
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The books were written by Boris Akunin (his real name is Grigory Shalvovich Chkhartishvili but it's [[{{Gesundheit}} too difficult to pronounce]]) and noted for their eloquent writing style, remarkable characters, intelligent mysteries, and countless references to Russian history and literature. Every book in the series belongs to a different subgenre of detective mystery (GovernmentConspiracy, SpyDrama, ProfessionalKiller mystery, etc.). English translations were published for every novel through ''The Diamond Chariot''. Akunin has also written several novels set in the present day and starring Fandorin's grandson Nicholas Fandorin.

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The books were written by Boris Akunin (his real name is Grigory Shalvovich Chkhartishvili but it's [[{{Gesundheit}} too difficult to pronounce]]) and noted for their eloquent writing style, remarkable characters, intelligent mysteries, and countless references to Russian history and literature. Every book in the series belongs to a different subgenre of detective mystery (GovernmentConspiracy, SpyDrama, ProfessionalKiller mystery, etc.). English translations were published for every novel through ''The Diamond Chariot''. [[note]]After a six-year gap a translation for ''All The World's a Stage'' has been announced for the fall of 2017; ''Jade Rosary Beads'' is apparently getting skipped[[/note]] Akunin has also written several novels set in the present day and starring Fandorin's grandson Nicholas Fandorin.
20th Mar '17 3:58:06 PM jamespolk
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* ArcWords:
** In every novel (with one exception) there's someone named Moebius. Among them there are a photographer, a RedShirt policeman, a notarius... So far Boris Akunin has refused to explain whether the name has any special meaning.
** On a lesser scale, "Azazel" in ''The Winter Queen''. It doubled as a TitleDrop in original Russian.

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* ArcWords:
**
ArcWords: In every novel (with one exception) there's someone named Moebius. Among them there are a photographer, a RedShirt policeman, a notarius... So far Boris Akunin has refused to explain whether the name has any special meaning.
** On a lesser scale, "Azazel" in ''The Winter Queen''. It doubled as a TitleDrop in original Russian.
meaning.



* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler: Zurov]] in ''The Winter Queen'', Fandorin in ''The Jack of Spades''.



** In ''The Winter Queen'', Fandorin successfully solves the Azazel's case, but not before an assassin hired by his opponents makes and attempt on his life, [[spoiler:killing the woman he has married just hours before]].



** The main villain's prediction in ''The Winter Queen'', about the violent, destructive ways that modernization and change will manifest themselves in the world if they are not managed, comes true in Russia in 1917.



* CutShort:
** Possibly the fate of the series for English-speaking readers. The British publisher of the Fandorin series ominously refers to ''The Diamond Chariot'' as [[http://www.orionbooks.co.uk/books/the-diamond-chariot-hardback the "finale"]], despite the fact that two more books have been published in Russia with at least one more on the way.
** After a six-year gap, an English translation of ''All The World's a Stage'' has been announced for October 2017.



* DetectiveMole: [[spoiler: Brilling]] in ''The Winter Queen''.



* FemmeFatale: Amalia Bezhetskaya in ''The Winter Queen''. Marie Sanfon in ''Murder on the Leviathan''. [[spoiler: Dr.Lind, anyone?]]

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* FemmeFatale: Amalia Bezhetskaya in ''The Winter Queen''. Marie Sanfon in ''Murder on the Leviathan''. [[spoiler: Dr.Lind, anyone?]]



* GoodbyeCruelWorld: The scornfully nihilistic suicide note in the beginning of ''The Winter Queen''. The villain's confession in ''Murder on the Leviathan'' [[spoiler: seems to be this at first]].

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* GoodbyeCruelWorld: The scornfully nihilistic suicide note in the beginning of ''The Winter Queen''. The villain's confession in ''Murder on the Leviathan'' [[spoiler: seems to be this at first]].



* HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler: What happens to Fandorin at the end of the first novel.]]



* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler:Brilling]] in ''The Winter Queen''.



* InWhichATropeIsDescribed: Chapter titles in ''The Winter Queen'' and the first half of ''The Diamond Chariot''.

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* InWhichATropeIsDescribed: Chapter titles in ''The Winter Queen'' and the first half of ''The Diamond Chariot''.



* ItWorksBetterWithBullets: In the first novel, Count Zurov tricks Fandorin into committing a suicide of honor. However, it turns out to be a SecretTestOfCharacter (whether Fandorin would really go as far as shooting himself), since Zurov's butler removes all bullets from the revolver while everybody's looking the other way.



* LifeWillKillYou: In the first Erast Fandorin novel, Count Zurov tells the protagonist about a friend he had once, an army officer who participated in the most brutal fights but died in the peacetime of an accidental alcohol poisoning.



* MarketBasedTitle:
** 'Azazel' was renamed to ''The Winter Queen'', partially to avoid religious tensions on US market.
** ''Leviafan'' was initially directly translated as ''Leviathan'', but for the paperback was changed to ''Murder on the Leviathan'' in a possible case of ViewersAreMorons. There were already several books titled ''Leviathan'' on the English market, so this was likely done to avoid confusion that could hamper sales.

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* MarketBasedTitle:
** 'Azazel' was renamed to ''The Winter Queen'', partially to avoid religious tensions on US market.
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MarketBasedTitle: ''Leviafan'' was initially directly translated as ''Leviathan'', but for the paperback was changed to ''Murder on the Leviathan'' in a possible case of ViewersAreMorons. There were already several books titled ''Leviathan'' on the English market, so this was likely done to avoid confusion that could hamper sales.



* MilkmanConspiracy: The sinister [[FauxSymbolism Azazel]] conspiracy in ''The Winter Queen'' turns out be [[spoiler:perpetrated by an international charity network for gifted children and the mastermind behind it is the sweet old Lady Astair]].



** A huge scary thug in ''The Winter Queen'' is named John '''Morbid'''.
** {{Invoked| Trope}} in ''All the World's a Stage'' - theatrical actor who plays the villains uses the stage name '''Mephistov'''.

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** A huge scary thug in ''The Winter Queen'' is named John '''Morbid'''.
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* {{Invoked| Trope}} in ''All the World's a Stage'' - theatrical actor who plays the villains uses the stage name '''Mephistov'''.



* OfCorsetsSexy: The young, naive Fandorin of the first book buys a male corset after hearing its snake-oil claims of improving health... which technically turns out to be true, as it later saves his life by deflecting a knife. In a SugarWiki/{{Funny Moment|s}}, Ivan Brilling then decides that it was a brilliant precaution for Fandorin to wear it on a dangerous job and that the entire Russian police force should be issued them...



* PocketProtector: In ''The Winter Queen'', Erast's life is saved when an attacker's knife is turned away by his corset.



* RussianRoulette: Fandorin always wins this one. Notably the first book claims that it's actually ''American'' Roulette, and only became renamed thanks to the events therein...



* StartsWithASuicide: ''The Winter Queen''



* TakingYouWithMe:
** Subverted at the eleventh hour in ''The Winter Queen''. [[spoiler:Lady Astair means to do this at first, but then takes pity on Fandorin and lets him go in the end.]]
** Played straight in ''The State Counsellor''. [[spoiler:Needle blowing herself (and mortally wounded Green) up, taking ManipulativeBastard Prince Pozharsky with them.]]

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* TakingYouWithMe:
** Subverted at the eleventh hour in ''The Winter Queen''. [[spoiler:Lady Astair means to do this at first, but then takes pity on Fandorin and lets him go in the end.]]
**
TakingYouWithMe: Played straight in ''The State Counsellor''. [[spoiler:Needle blowing herself (and mortally wounded Green) up, taking ManipulativeBastard Prince Pozharsky with them.]]



* TreacherousAdvisor: [[spoiler: Brilling]] in the first novel; Fandorin still ended up borrowing from his deductive method and manner of speech, though.
* TrivialTitle: In the English-language market, anyway. ''The Winter Queen'' is a random reference to a hotel Fandorin stays at while in London. (As noted elsewhere on this page the novel is titled ''Azazel'' in Russian.)
* TykeBomb: In the first book, [[spoiler: the orphanages network]] is making them in numbers. Notable exemplars are Anvar Effendi and [[spoiler: Brilling]].



** The BigBad of the first novel, [[spoiler:Lady Astair]] definitely qualifies.
** As does [[spoiler:Anwar Effendi]] from the second novel, what with being the former's pupil.

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** The Lady Astair, the BigBad of from the first novel, [[spoiler:Lady Astair]] definitely qualifies.
is certainly this.
** As does [[spoiler:Anwar Effendi]] from the second novel, what with being the former's Lady Astair's pupil.



* YouGotMurder: The ending of the first novel.

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* YouGotMurder: The ending of the first novel.
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