100 Best Russian Social History Books


Nonfiction and fiction books that illuminate the social & cultural history of Russia for general readers.

1. Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy


2. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


3. Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky


4. The Master and Margarita Mikhail Bulgakov


5. War and Peace Leo Tolstoy


6. Doctor Zhivago Boris Pasternak


7. The Gulag Archipelago 1918–1956 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


8. Fathers and Sons Ivan Turgenev


9. Wrapped in the Stars Elena Mikalsen


10. Notes from Underground, White Nights, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man, and Selections from The House of the DeadFyodor Dostoyevsky


11. Dead Souls Nikolai Gogol


12. A Hero of Our Time Mikhail Lermontov


13. Eugene Onegin Alexander Pushkin


14. Natasha’s Dance: A Cultural History of Russia Orlando Figes


15. Cancer Ward Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


16. Darkness at Noon Arthur Koestler


17. Nicholas and Alexandra Robert K. Massie


18. The Brothers Karamazov Fyodor Dostoyevsky


19. The Overcoat Nikolai Gogol


20. And Quiet Flows the Don Mikhail Sholokhov


21. Selected Stories Anton Chekhov


22. Oblomov Ivan Goncharov


23. White Shanghai: A Novel of the Roaring Twenties in China Elvira Baryakina


24. Everyday Stalinism: Ordinary Life in Extraordinary Times: Soviet Russia in the 1930s Sheila Fitzpatrick


25. The Idiot Fyodor Dostoyevsky


26. The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin’s Russia Orlando Figes


27. Polar Star (Arkady Renko, #2) Martin Cruz Smith


28. The First Circle Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


29. Gorky Park (Arkady Renko, #1) Martin Cruz Smith


30. Children of the Arbat (Arbat Tetralogy, #1) Anatoli Rybakov


31. Demons Fyodor Dostoyevsky


32. The Twelve Chairs Ilya Ilf


33. Peter the Great: His Life and World Robert K. Massie


34. The White Guard Mikhail Bulgakov


35. Journey into the Whirlwind Evgenia Ginzburg


36. The Plays of Anton Chekhov Anton Chekhov


37. The Complete Short Novels Anton Chekhov


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


39. Behind the Urals: An American Worker in Russiaas City of Steel John Scott


40. История одного города M.E. Saltykov-Shchedrin


41. The Harvest of Sorrow: Soviet Collectivization and the Terror-Famine Robert Conquest


42. Kolyma Tales Varlam Shalamov


43. The Great Terror: A Reassessment Robert Conquest


44. Petersburgo Andrei Bely


45. Poor Folk Fyodor Dostoyevsky


46. The Sebastopol Sketches Leo Tolstoy


47. The Queen of Spades and Other Stories Alexander Pushkin


48. The Winter Queen (Erast Fandorin Mysteries, #1) Boris Akunin


49. Potemkin: Catherine the Great’s Imperial Partner Simon Sebag Montefiore


50. Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar Simon Sebag Montefiore


51. Gimpel the Fool and Other Stories Isaac Bashevis Singer


52. History of the Russian Revolution Leon Trotsky


53. Red Square (Arkady Renko, #3) Martin Cruz Smith


54. The Magician of Lublin Isaac Bashevis Singer


55. The Road to Terror: Stalin and the Self-Destruction of the Bolsheviks, 1932–1939 (Annals of Communism Series) J. Arch Getty


56. Great Catherine: The Life of Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia Carolly Erickson


57. Memories of the Future Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky


58. The Last Station: A Novel of Tolstoy’s Last Year Jay Parini


59. The History of the Gulag: From Collectivization to the Great Terror Oleg Khlevniuk


60. The House of the Dead Fyodor Dostoyevsky


61. The Russians Hedrick Smith


62. Heart of a Dog Mikhail Bulgakov


63. As Far as My Feet Will Carry Me: The Extraordinary True Story of One Man’s Escape from a Siberian Labour Camp and His 3-Year Trek to Freedom Josef M. Bauer


64. Tales of Belkin Alexander Pushkin


65. Sofia Petrovna Lydia Chukovskaya


66. Angst (Arbat tetralogy #3) Anatoli Rybakov


67. My Childhood Maxim Gorky


68. Stolen Apples Yevgeny Yevtushenko


69. Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin Timothy Snyder


70. Ivan the Terrible Henri Troyat


71. Selected Poems Anna Akhmatova


72. St. Petersburg: A Cultural History Solomon Volkov


73. To the Finland Station Edmund Wilson


74. Catherine the Great Henri Troyat


75. Pnin Vladimir Nabokov


76. What Life Was Like in the Time of War and Peace: Imperial Russia, AD 1696–1917 Time-Life Books


77. The Fools of Chelm and Their History Isaac Bashevis Singer


78. The Lower Depths Maxim Gorky


79. The Revolution Betrayed Leon Trotsky


80. The Collected Stories of Isaac Bashevis Singer Isaac Bashevis Singer


81. Magnificence of the Tsars: Ceremonial Men’s Dress of the Russian Imperial Court, 1721–1917 Svetlana Amelekhina


82. Peter the Great Henri Troyat


83. Russia Under the Old Regime Richard Pipes


84. Lenin’s Embalmers Ilya Zbarsky


85. Maiden Mountain Sergej Golovachov


86. Rasputin and the Jews: A Reversal of History Delin Colón


87. Russia Survival Guide Alexander Rodionov


88. Fragile Empire: How Russia Fell In and Out of Love with Vladimir Putin Ben Judah


89. Diary of a Madman Nikolai Gogol


90. Motherhood, Russian-style Tanja Maier


91. Peter The Great: The Classic Biography of Tsar Peter the Great Василий Ключевский


92. Reilly: Ace of Spies Robin Bruce Lockhart


93. Christ in Russia: The History, Tradition, and Life of the Russian Church Hélène Iswolsky


94. Bears in the Streets: Three Journeys Across a Changing Russia Lisa Dickey


95. Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets Svetlana Alexievich


96. Young Stalin Simon Sebag Montefiore


97. The Russian Court at Sea: The Voyage of HMS Marlborough Frances Welch


98. Bald Maiden Mountain Sergej Golovachov


99. Russian Folk Belief Linda J. Ivanits


100. Ace of Spies: Story of Sidney Reilly Robin Bruce Lockhart


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