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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