This page, promiscuously organized and still under construction, will list some favorite Russian books that have been reviewed here in some form.  (Note that books that this page is slightly out of date and was last revised in 2011).

About Poetry

Almereyda, Michael. Night Wraps the Sky: Writings by and About Mayakovsky.

Berberova, Nina. Aleksander Blok: A Life.

Brodsky, Joseph.  Less Than One:  Selected Essays.

Feinstein, Elaine. Anna of All the Russias.

Pasternak, Boris. An Essay in Autobiography.

Yevtushenko, Yevgeny. A Precocious Autobiography.

Volkov, Solomon.  Conversations with Joseph Brodsky:  A Poet's Journey Through the Twentieth Century.


Brodsky, Joseph. Nativity Poems.

Mandelstam, Osip. Stone.

Pushkin, Alexander. Onegin: A Novel in Verse.

Tsvetaeva, Marina. Selected Poems.


McPhee, John. The Ransom of Russian Art.

About Literature

Batuman, Elif. The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them.

Kelly, Catriona.  Russian Literature:  A Brief Insight.

Khrushcheva, Nina. Imagining Nabokov: Russia Between Art and Politics.

Malcolm, Janet. Reading Chekhov: A Critical Journey.

Pirozhkova, A.N. At His Side: The Last Years of Isaac Babel.

Shklovsky, Viktor.  Energy of Delusion:  A Book on Plot.

Shklovsky, Viktor.  A Hunt for Optimism.

Shklovsky, Viktor. Night's Move.

Shklovsky, Viktor.  Third Factory.

Shklovsky, Viktor, and Serena Vitale.  Shklovsky:  Witness to an Era (Interviews by Serena Vitale)


Dear Bunny, Dear Volodya:  The Nabokov-Wilson Letters, 1940- 1971.

Russian Novels, etc.

Babel, Isaac. Red Cavalry.

Chekhov, Anton. The Dual and Other Stories.

Chernyshevsky, Nikolai. What is to be Done?

Dostoyevsky, Fyodor. Crime and Punishment.

Ginzburg, Lidiya. Blockade Diary.

Grossman, Vasily.  Everything Flows.

Nabokov, Vladimir. Lolita.

Pasternak, Boris. Doctor Zhivago.

Shklovsky, Viktor.  Zoo or Letters Not about Love.

Solzhentitsyn, Aleksander. August 1914.

Solzhentistyn, Aleksander. Lenin in Zurich.

Solzhentitsyn, Aleksander. The Gulag Archipelago.

Tolstoy, Leo. Anna Karenina.

Leo, Tolstoy. The Cossacks.

Tolstoy, Leo. Childhood, Boyhood, and Youth.

Tolstoy, Leo. Death of Ivan Ilyich.

Turganev, Ivan. Fathers and Children.

Zamyatin, Yevgeny. We.


Russian Short Stories From Pushkin to Buida

Nikolai Gogol's Plays and Petersburg Tales

Post-Soviet Novels

Makine, Andrei.  Dreams of My Russian Summers.

Theatre, Plays, etc.

Chekhov, Anton. The Major Plays.

Stanislavsky, Constantin. My Life in Art.

Stoppard, Tom. The Coast of Utopia.


Marx, Karl. The 18th Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte.

Wheen, Francis. Marx's Das Kapital.

Wilson, Edmund. To the Finland Station.


Conquest, Robert. Tyrants and Typewriters: Communiques from the Struggle for Truth.

Djilas, Milovan. The New Class: An Analysis of the Communist System.

Macleod, Alison. The Death of Uncle Joe.

Yakovlev, Alexander.  A Century of Violence.

Civil War

Bunin, Ivan. Cursed Days.

Lincoln, Bruce. Red Victory: A History of the Russian Civil War.

Palmer, James. The Bloody White Baron: The Extraordinary Story of the Russian Nobleman Who Became the Last Khan of Mongolia.


Greogry, Paul, and Norman Naimark. The Lost Politburo Transcripts: From Collective Rule to Stalin's Dictatorship.

Djilas, Milovan. Conversations with Stalin.

Frazer, Graham, and George Lancelle. Absolute Zhirinovsky: A Transparent View of the Distinguished Russian Statesman.

Laqueur, Walter. Out of the Ruins of Europe.

Vatlin, Alexander, and Larisa Malashenko. Piggy Foxy and the Sword of the Revolution.

Volkogonov, Dmitri. Autopsy for an Empire: The Seven Leaders Who Built the Soviet Regime.

Russian Diapora

Nemirovsky, Irene. Fire in the Blood.

Welch, Frances.  A Romanov Fantasy.

General Biography

Amis, Martin. Koba the Dread.

Boyd, Brian. Vladimir Nabokov: The Russian Years.

Bunin, Ivan. Memories and Portraits.

Carr, E.H. Michael Bakunin.

Cohen, Steven. Bukharin and the Bolshevik Revolution.

Deutcher, Isaac. Trotsky: The Prophet Unarmed, 1921- 1929.

Deutcher, Isaac. Trotsky: The Prophet Outcast, 1929- 1940.

Deutcher, Isaac. Lenin's Childhood.

Gregory, Paul. Politics, Murder, and Love in Stalin's Kremlin: The Story of Nikolai Bukharin and Anna Larina.

Kerr, Walter. The Shabunin Affair: An Episode in the Life of Leo Tolstoy.

Montefiore, Simon Sebag. Potemkin: Catherine the Great's Imperial Partner.

Steiner, Edward. Tolstoy the Man.

Troyat, Henri. Alexander of Russia.

Troyat, Henri. Chekhov.

Troyat, Henri. Gorky.

Troyat, Henri. Ivan the Terrible.

Troyat, Henri. Peter the Great.

Troyat, Henri. Pushkin: The Life and Times.

Troyat, Henri. Tolstoy.

Troyat, Henri. Turganev.

Various Authors. Lenin in Profile: World Writers and Artists on Lenin.

Late Tsarist Period

Pipes, Richard. The Degaev Affair.

Lincoln, Bruce. In War's Dark Shadow: The Russians Before the Great War.


Alliluyeva, Svetlanda. Only One Year.

Gorky, Maxim. My University Days.

Serge, Victor.  Memoirs of a Revolutionary.

Shklovsky, Viktor.  A Sentimental Journey:  Memoirs, 1917-1922.

Solzhenitsyn, Aleksander. The Oak and the Calf.

Tertz, Abram (Andrei Sinyavasky):  A Voice From the Chorus.

Trotsky, Leon. My Life.

Philosophy and Religion

Berlin, Isaiah. The Hedgehog and the Fox.

Chamberlain, Lesley. Lenin's Private War: The Voyage of the Philosophy Steamer and the Exile of the Intelligentsia.

Cultural History

Figes, Orlando. Natasha's Dance: A Cultural History of Russia.

Volkov, Solomon. The Magical Chorus: A History of Russian Culture From Tolstoy to Solzhenitsyn.

Volkov, Solomon. St. Petersburg: A Cultural History.

Sinyavsky, Andrei.  Soviet Civilization:  A Cultural History.

American Socialism, Marxism, and Russian-American Diplomacy

Meier, Andrew. The Lost Spy: An American in Stalin's Secret Service.

Peabody, Francis Greenwood. The Approach to the Social Question.

The Revolution Proper

Figes, Orlando. A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution, 1891- 1924.

Fitpatrick, Sheila. The Russian Revolution.

Lincoln, Bruce. Passage Through Armageddon: The Russians in War and Revolution, 1914- 1918.

Moorehead, Alan. The Russian Revolution.

Reed, John. Ten Days That Shook the World.

Steinberg, Mark, and Vladimir Khrustalev. The Fall of the Romanovs.

After Stalin: The Late Soviet Era

Boffa, Giuseppe. Inside the Khrushchev Era.


Adams, Walter, and James Brock. Adam Smith Goes to Moscow: A Dialogue on Radical Reform.

Scott, John. Behind the Urals.

Post-Soviet Russia and the Successor States

Handelman, Stephen. Comrade Criminal: Russia's New Mafiya.

Kotkin, Stephen. Armegeddon Averted: The Soviet Collapse, 1970-2000.

Sinyavsky, Andrei. The Russian Intelligentsia.

Solzhenitsyn, Aleksander. The Russian Question: At the End of the 20th Century.

Tolstaya, Tatyana.  Pushkin's Children:  Writings on Russia and Russians.

Soviet Historiography

Laqueur, Walter. The Dream That Failed: Reflections on the Soviet Union.

Stalinism (Purges, Collectivization, Five-Year Plans, Terror, etc.)

Boym, Svetlana. Common Places: Mythologies of Everyday Life in Russia.

Conquest, Robert. Stalin and the Kirov Murder.

Figes, Orlando. The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin's Russia.

Ilin, M. New Russia's Primer: The Story of the 5-Year Plan.


Applebaum, Anne. Gulag: A History.

Military History

Beevor, Antony. Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege, 1942- 1943.

Rebecca Manley. To the Tashkent Station: Evacuation and Survival in the Soviet Union at War.

Pleshakov, Constatine. Stalin's Folly: The Tragic First Ten Days of World War II on the Eastern Front.

Zamoyski, Adam. Moscow 1812.

Travel Writing (or General Reflections)

Gide, Andre. Return from the U.S.S.R.

Kapuscinski, Ryszard. Imperium.

Polonsky, Rachel.  Molotov's Magic Lantern.

Smith, Hedrick.  The Russians.

Thorez, Paul.  Model Children:  Inside the Republic of Red Scarves.

Cold War, Spying, etc.

Kennedy, Robert. Thirteen Days.

Diplomatic History

Litvinov, Maxim. Notes for a Journal.


Lincoln, Bruce. Conquest of a Continent: Siberia and the Russians.

Local, Serf, or Peasant History

Schmemann, Serge. Echoes of a Native Land: Two Centuries of a Russian Village

Jewish and Ethnic Minority Studies

Sharansky, Natan. Fear No Evil.

Other Revolutions

Lipstick Traces

Women's History

Anna Horsbrugh-Porter. Memories of Revolution: Russian Women Remember.

Glasnost and Perestroika

Alexievich, Svetlana. Voices from Chernobyl.

Cerf, Christopher, and Marina Albee. Small Fires: Letters from the Soviet People to Ogonyok Magazine, 1987- 1990.

Early Russian History

Poe, Marshall. The Russian Moment in World History.


Russia's Great Moscow Circus: World's Most Exciting Spectacle! Souvenir Pamphlet.

Mikhail, Gorbachev. October and Perestroika: The Revolution Continues. Pamphlet, 1987.

Sorokin, Alexei. The Soviet Army--the Army of the People. Pamphlet, 1988.

The Soviet Constitution:  A Dictionary.

USSR: 100 Questions and Answers, 1986.

USSR Exhibition Pamphlet, New York 1959

USSR-87, Entering the 21st Century. Pamphlet, 1987.

Related Historiography

Hunt, Lynn. The Family Romance of the French Revolution.

LaCapra. Dominick. Writing History, Writing Trauma.

Theweleit, Klaus. Male Fantasies.

Labor History

Koenker, Diane.  Republic of Labor:  Russian Printers and Soviet Socialism, 1918- 1930.


Paperno, Irina. Stories of the Soviet Experience: Memoirs, Diaries, Dreams.