This semi autobiographical novel describes the arrest, trial and imprisonment of literary critic Andrei Sinyavsky who published novels and short stories under the pseudonym of Abram Tertz. The Soviet Union deemed the writings as critical of the State and sentenced the author to years of hard labor.
This collection of the writings of the famous Soviet Jewish author includes his Odessa Stories, The Red Cavalry stories; his plays and his reportorial work from World War I, the Russian Revolution, and much more.
This novel tells the moving true story of the adult life of Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovitch and his struggles to compose the music in which he believed during the Stalinist period when no creative individual was ever safe.
A famous Russian- Israeli politician and refusnik has been shamed by the Prime Minister for refusing to support a certain bill. He takes off with his mistress, who is younger than his daughter, for the Crimea where he accidentally meets the man who betrayed him thirty years earlier and sent him to the Gulag.
This memoir of a young girl's growing up in Soviet Russia uses Proust's metaphor for tasting food and having the taste bring back memories of the time when the food was first eaten. Von Bremzen is a cookbook writer and Soviet émigré who brilliantly evokes life in the former Soviet Union through its food.
Sascha is a teenager whose family emigrated from Russia to Germany. She is dealing with the grief of having seen her mother murdered by her stepfather, contemplating revenge, and trying to make sense of her life. Bronsky's amazing first novel describes Sascha's complicated coming-of-age as an orphan in an adopted country who has an unbreakable will to survive and succeed.
This novel follows Rosalinda from her days as a struggling wife and mother in Sverdlovsk during the Soviet period through her old age in Germany. No one satisfies Rosa. She is the stereotypical monster mother and grandmother demanding more than anyone can give and interfering shamelessly in everyone's lives - eventually driving everyone away.
An elderly Russian woman decides to move back to her home near Chernobyl, followed by a group of other elderly people who feel that because of their ages they have nothing to lose living in a nuclear disaster area
In the Soviet Union of the 30's the devil walks the streets of Moscow, terrifying writers artists and the intelligentsia, sending them fleeing to the safety of a mental institution where an author nicknamed the "Master" is writing a masterpiece about Pontius Pilate. This is a brilliant challenging allegory of good and evil whose publication was suppressed for 30 years.
In this unblinking collection of letters, journalistic reportage and other eyewitness accounts, Ehrenburg and Grossman document the systematic destruction of Soviet Jewry before during and after the Second World War.
A young American man, tracing the history of his grandfather in russia, hires a Russian guide to help him locate a now destroyed shtetl. In the search the young men discover that they share a previously unknown bond.
As Stalin attempts to annihilate the rest of the Soviet Union's Jewish population, a bizarre group of individuals gather together to prevent his final solution in a wacky novel full of blood and humor.
Sukharov is an artist in the Soviet Union who gave up his art to become an apparatchik (someone who survives in a repressive system by doing what is necessary). As the Soviet Union falls apart, he dreams of what his life and art might have been
In Soviet Russia, people stand in line near a shuttered kiosk. At first no one knows what is for sale. Then they hear that tickets for a concert conducted by a famous Russian composer who emigrated after the Revolution (based on Igor Stravinsky) will be sold. Over the course of a year they wait. For one family in particular the experience is transformative.
A former literature teacher, employed as an archivist for the Soviet prison system, comes into possession of the author Isaac Babel' final work. He is charged with destroying the work, but steals it and hides it away, full-knowing that this act of defiance may cost him his life.
The impulsive theft of a Chagall painting sets off a chain reaction of memories as the novel moves back and forth from contemporary New York, to Russia in the twenties, Vietnam in the sixties, the Jersey suburbs in the seventies, and World to Come - a mystical place where babies live before they are born, cared for by those who have already died. All of the novel reflects on the life of the Jews in the twentieth century and the betrayal of trust by those you love most.
When an elderly Ukrainian widower in England decides to marry a Ukrainian woman younger than his daughters, the daughters try to intervene to prevent the marriage and save their father's pension from the money-hungry young woman. The novel is a hilarious comedy of manners where a woman from the former Soviet Union is looking for a way to get a few creature comforts like a new gas stove.
A rebellious young man in the 1960's Soviet Union hangs out with other disaffected youths committing crimes, writing poetry and generally getting into trouble. This semi-autobiographical novel is one of three about the author's early life in Russia. It is a very different view of Khrushchev's Soviet Union.
A Russian intellectual alternates between two realities, as a 1919 officer in the Red Army serving under a legendary commander and as a patient in a 1990's mental institution being treated for thinking he is living in 1919. Everyone in both realities is always discussing philosophy.
In a disreputable seaside resort in the Black Sea region of the former Soviet Union, now Ukrainia, the residents are now human, now insects, now insect-like humans, then human-like insects, in this fantasy where businessmen are bloodsucking mosquitoes, military men are army ants and the common people are dung beetles.
A brilliant poet is unable to publish his poetry under his own name in the Soviet Union and eventually is tried, convicted and exiled for crimes he did not commit. The novel depicts a chilling picture of censorship and repression under the Communist government of Russia.
In this novel which takes place during the collapse of the Russian Empire after World War I, a young couple from different backgrounds - he a Muslim, she a Christian - try to find happiness and political freedom in what has become present-day Azerbaijan.
The grossly overweight son of a Russian-Jewish oligarch finds himself trapped in the midst of a phony civil war in the former Russian republic of Absurdsvani. He is trying to get a visa to the United States and must grow in unexpected ways to survive. The book is very satirically funny.
This novel focuses on the critical Battle of Tannenburg as witnessed by two Russian soldiers. It not only describes the Russian debacle in World War I but also attempts to explain the reasons the Russian Revolution occurred.
In Russia two hundred years after a "Blast" has destroyed civilization, mutant people live on mice, have no books, and fear a mythic beast known as the "Slynx". The novel is a satiric dystopian look at the future.
In post-Soviet Russia, Sasha Goldman, a bi-racial young woman, growing up in the aptly named Siberian town Abstesos-2, manages to escape her difficult mother by becoming a mail-order bride to the United States. There she eventually fulfills the potential denied her in Russia.
This novel examines the marriages and infidelities of a large eccentric and loving family of ethnic Greeks who have lived on the Crimean coast for thousands of years. It follows the family from before the Russian revolution into contemporary Russia.
A Russian émigré painter lies dying in an unairconditioned New York loft during the summer of 1989. He is surrounded by his friends and lovers, people who celebrate his life and mourn his incipient loss as he has been the glue to hold them together. At the same time the Soviet Union is collapsing which eliminates the meaning of émigrés reasons for fleeing their homeland.
This classic dystopian novel was never published in Russia during the author's lifetime. It describes a society where people live in large apartment complexes and have numbers rather than names and all do exactly the same things at the same time. It is a view of a very frightening future.