The narrative moves between scenes and characters, at one glance discussing a Moscow drawing room and in another the brutality and chaos of war. The movie begins in the late 1930s or early 1940s but, in flashback, most of the story takes place between 1912 and 1925, set against the backdrop of WWI (1914-1918), the Russian Revolution (1917), and the Russian Civil War (1917-1923). by Roland Chambers. I just ordered a copy of Journey Into Fire on Paperbackswap - thanks for the heads up. Year One of the Russian Revolution by Victor SergeThis was Serge’s first non-literary work, composed in the late 1920s and, as he put it, “in detached fragments which could each be separately completed and sent abroad post-haste”. To understand these authors, it's important to understand the revolutionary times in which they lived. Whittling all historical fiction books into one manageable list is impossible, truly. Best Sellers in Historical Russian Fiction. This is a great list! It was really satisfying to write a novel where the Imperial family lives, and Lenin and Stalin are killed off instead! Often compared to War and Peace, this epic historical novel traces the fate of a typical Cossack family over a tumultuous ten-year period, from just before the beginning of World War I to the bloody civil war following the Russian Revolution of 1917. Family sagas are my favorite. What a wonderful list! My top ten picks are…. Another author I enjoyed reading was Antonia Ridge and I especially loved "Grandma Went to Russia". A century after the Bolsheviks captured the Winter Palace, we round up the most illuminating new releases tackling the October Revolution, its … A century after the Bolsheviks seized power for communism, Tariq Ali chooses some of the best books about an uprising that changed the world forever, Last modified on Thu 22 Feb 2018 14.21 GMT. Thanks for this list! 6 best Russian history books. Decades later, Warren Beatty made it into a movie, Reds, in which the most electrifying sections were the appearances by witnesses who had known Reed. He writes about Russian history and is very easy to read. Become a member to get exclusive early access to our latest reviews too! But I wonder if novels confuse a tricky period of history, rather than clarifying it. The Teresa Crane book is new to me (off to check it out)... Two by Robert Alexander - THE KITCHEN BOY and RASPUTIN'S DAUGHTER. His own dream was a state modelled on the defeated Paris Commune of 1871. Their viewpoints range from Romanov family members and aristocrats whose opulent world falls apart, to ordinary Russians empowered by revolutionary fervor, to men and women simply trying to survive the times as best they can. Its effects are still well felt in the world today, with Russia having never fully shed the effects eighty years of Communist Party rule and the … Vanora Bennett's MIDNIGHT IN ST. PETERSBURG. Russian Revolution, two revolutions in 1917, the first of which, in February (March, New Style), overthrew the imperial government and the second of which, in October (November), placed the Bolsheviks in power, leading to the creation of the Soviet Union. Great suggestions. I really enjoyed The Romanov Empress and I Was Anastasia! It’s another family saga that spans 1904-1918. 1. Detail from painting by Isaak Brodsky (1883-1939). They include some brief biographical information, a list of texts the historian has written or contributed to, a summary of their historiographical positions and some quotations. The three linked books are: A Space of the Heart, Journey into Fire, and Heart of the Storm. Covers over 3,800 historical novels, 1995-2004, arranged by subgenre. Of course, I had a really good time writing my own Romanov novel, Triumph of a Tsar, which was published earlier this year. reflects the time it was written and is somewhat outdated with respect to the genre’s perception by the media and […] Scratch Heart of the Storm from the list, though. ‘D’you know,’ one of these ladies suddenly declared. From Catherine to Peter the Great to Tsar Nicholas to Vladimir Putin, these Russian historical fiction books by master storytellers will keep you reading long into the night. Read about corruption in Putin's Russia, true spy stories, drama of World War II, the Siege of Leningrad and Stalin's Reign of Terror. Lenin speaking to the workers of the Putilov factory in Petrograd in 1917. I really don't understand why would you want to learn of Russian Revolution and Civil War from a fiction book. I was confusing my books. 4.5 out of 5 stars 1,518. Towards the Flame: Empire, War and the End of Tsarist Russia by Dominic Lieven The first chapter alone explains why the revolution was waiting to happen. Philip K Dick writes a lot of dystopic fiction (The movie Bladerunner is based off of one of his books), but depending on the kid's maturity level, there may be some themes which are too "adult" Russian Revolution: For historical non-fiction, check out the author Orlando Figes. And, if you can find it, FROSSIA by E. M. Almedingen, who wrote many biographies of Russians and whose memoir TOMORROW WILL COME gives an intimate, harrowing portrait of St. Petersburg 1900-1922.Sarah OL. Submit your novel for review Last year, I enjoyed three books (still out of print, I believe) by an older author -- Patricia Wright -- who wrote a family saga set in Russia that spans mid-1800s through post-WW2. Yes, same author (though I haven’t read I am England). Another book I thought was a good page turner was Constance Heaven’s The Raging Fire. Your novel has a compelling premise, too. An epic Russian masterpiece by Nobel Laureate Mikhail Sholokov, And Quiet Flows the Don follows the turbulent fortunes of the Cossack people during the First World War, the Russian Revolution and the Civil War – among them the story of proud and rebellious Gregor Melekhov, fighting to be with the woman he loves as his country is torn apart. Also, "The Tsar's Masquerade" shows Olga acting on her on pretty strongly (and this novel's premise was fascinating- Nicholas gets his daughters out of Russia before the Revolution). That's one I've been meaning to read. Anna Karenina (Oprah's Book Club): (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Leo Tolstoy. THE JEWEL OF ST. PETERSBURG by Kate Furnivall. A magisterial account of a decaying empire and a tsar who “created a hole in the centre of decision-making that he was unable to fill”. A thoughtful comment - I think novels by necessity have to simplify the period to some degree, since their focus is narrow, and novelists always have to choose what to leave in versus take out. I'd be curious if you had any specific novel in mind.The Lawhon novel has an interesting structure that takes some getting used to.Thanks for commenting! The Blackguard (novel) Blood Red, Snow White; Bro (novel) C. Coup de Grâce (novel) D. I think it's a modern Russian classic about Don River Cossacks during WWI and the Russian Civil War. She was the first woman ever to be appointed an ambassador to Norway and wrote: “I realised that I had thereby achieved a victory not only for myself, but for women in general … When on occasion I am told that it is truly remarkable that a woman has been appointed to such a responsible position, I always think to myself that in the final analysis … what is of a wholly special significance here is that a woman, like myself, who has settled scores with the double standard and who has never concealed it, was accepted into a caste which to this very day staunchly upholds tradition and pseudo-morality.”. For a good creative non-fiction read on the Revolution, I really … 5. While saddened that his Soviet colleagues were barred, he produced what is a historical masterpiece on the predecessors of the Bolsheviks. Lenin’s success globalised Marxism and The Communist Manifesto became the most published text after the Bible. Buy Russian Revolution books from Waterstones.com today. Malafrena: A Library of America eBook Classic Ursula K. Le Guin. A hundred years after the Russian Revolution, history, according to most historians, had pronounced its judgment. 2. Coincidentally, Kate Quinn also mentioned the Kirov Saga on the HNS group today - I'd read other books by Harrod-Eagles, but not that series. I read all the reference books on the Anastasia pretenders, and found them confusing enough.Thanks for the link to the Lawhon novel in particularHelsGrand Duchess Anastasia Romanov, inArt and Architecture, mainly. Pub date 3/30/09. This year (tomorrow, to be exact) marks a century since the execution of Russia's tsar, Nicholas II, and his family in 1918, following the Russian Revolution. Sarah Johnson Eastern Illinois University [This speech formed part of a panel discussion on historical fiction at the Associated Writing Programs annual conference in March 2002. Learn more about the Russian Revolution in … All of the following works are helpful in broadening one’s understanding. It led to constitutional reform and a multi-party system. Pages in category "Novels set in the Russian Revolution" The following 16 pages are in this category, out of 16 total. ‘If you ask me it’s the beginning of the revolution!’ These girls didn’t understand what a revolution was. ‘schools of thought’ in this area: ‘Historical Interpretations of the Revolution’ in Harold Shukman (ed.) I'll have to look for some of these. I was sitting in my office in the Turkestan section [of the Ministry of Agriculture]. The Russian Revolution Historical Context. For McMeekin, far from being a class struggle ‘borne along irresistibly by the Marxist dialectic, the events of 1917 were filled with might-have-beens and missed chances’. Thanks! This year (tomorrow, to be exact) marks a century since the execution of Russia's tsar, Nicholas II, and his family in 1918, following the Russian Revolution. 3. Hidden underneath the chaos and misery created by the horrendous civil war between the Red and White armies, (the latter backed by Britain, the US, France and their allies) there was the thread of reason. The Tasks of the Proletariat in the Present Revolution/April Theses by Vladimir Ilyich LeninAt times of crisis, Lenin expounded his thought in the condensed form of theses that were explicit, crisply written and concise. I love Romanov history! Roots of Revolution: A History of the Populist and Socialist Movements in 19th-century Russia by Franco VenturiPermitted access to sealed archives in Moscow that contained the documents of, and regarding, anarcho-terrorism, Venturi made good use of them. History of the Russian Revolution by Leon TrotskyThis passionate, partisan and beautifully written account by a major participant in the revolution, written during his exile on the isle of Prinkipo in Turkey, remains one of the best accounts of 1917. 7. October 1917 had been relegated to a past that would never be repeated, just like, The Dilemmas of Lenin: Terrorism, War, Empire, Love, Revolution, backed by Britain, the US, France and their allies, and has been recently republished by Verso, History of the Russian Revolution by Leon Trotsky, his exile on the isle of Prinkipo in Turkey, Russian Revolution 1917: A Personal Record by NN Sukhanov, Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed, Through the Russian Revolution by Albert Rhys Williams, Year One of the Russian Revolution by Victor Serge, The Commissariat of Enlightenment by Sheila Fitzpatrick, The Autobiography of a Sexually Emancipated Communist Woman by Alexandra Kollontai, Roots of Revolution: A History of the Populist and Socialist Movements in 19th-, Towards the Flame: Empire, War and the End of Tsarist Russia by Dominic Lieven, The Tasks of the Proletariat in the Present Revolution/April Theses by Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, It is available from the Guardian bookshop, priced £14.44 including free UK p&p. A. August 1914 (novel) B. 3 of the "Kirov Saga", by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles.Sarah OL. It was the success of this political approach with the mass of workers that shifted a majority of the urban electorate towards the Bolsheviks. October 1917 had been relegated to a past that would never be repeated, just like the tumbrils in Paris in 1793 or Charles I’s public execution outside the palace at Westminster. Some, like Pushkin and Tolstoy, participated in the French invasion of Russia during the War of 1812.Others experienced the 1905 Russian Revolution in which worker, peasant strikes and military mutinies were directed at the government. In the April Theses he argued the case for a socialist revolution against “Marxist orthodoxy”. I'm going to have to read that book, preferably before the movie comes out! A guide to over 2,700 historical novels, 2004-present, plus info on the latest trends. Following are a dozen works of historical fiction set during the period, both new/upcoming and older. The Russian Revolution is one of the most seminal events of the 20th century, ushering in a new form of politics to a major world power. Please thoroughly read my. $1.99 #2. From the mega-bestselling author of White Oleander and Paint It Black, a sweeping historical saga of the Russian Revolution, as seen through the eyes of one young woman. Sukhanov, a left-Menshevik hostile to Lenin, was actually present in Petrograd in both February and October. This is my all-time favourite novel. This list may not reflect recent changes . These are my favorite historical fiction books about the Romanovs. Some of my Russian friends have recommended And Quiet Flows the Don by Mikhail Sholokhov. I read broadly on the early 20th century, particularly focusing on the Russian Revolution. Russian Revolution 1917: A Personal Record by NN SukhanovThis book was necessary reading for all early historians of the revolution. The film, while charming and fun, also took a considerable amount of creative liberties in telling the story of the Russian Royal Family. Thanks for all of the recommendations, Tamar! Here's the first in a series of previews of upcoming 2021 releases. It's alternate history: the Russian Revolution is averted and Alexei becomes Tsar. St. Petersburg, New Year's Eve, 1916. These book on topic Russian Revolution highly popular among the readers worldwide. The egg was imbued with magic by Rasputin (of course), and it has the power to protect the Tsar’s family and loved ones. The Russian Revolution, as seen through 12 historical novels. He is one of the few, if not the only, reliable eye witnesses who recorded Lenin’s arrival at the Finland station and then accompanied him to the Bolshevik headquarters an hour later. Listed below the cover are the perspective each book conveys. https://www.bl.uk/russian-revolution/articles/timeline-of-the-russian-revolution 10. How useful to have them all in one place. I really enjoyed "The Passion of Marie Romanov" for that reason. Thanks! It's been a long time since I've read any of Constance Heaven's novels. Thanks, Jordan, and glad to see you're interested in the period also! The Autobiography of a Sexually Emancipated Communist Woman by Alexandra KollontaiKollontai, a staunch opponent of the first world war, broke with moderates who supported the war and joined the Bolsheviks, becoming a vital figure in the women’s liberation movement for which she struggled throughout her life. The book is both a testament to the popularity of the revolution and the hard necessities imposed on Red Petrograd confronted with the White counterrevolution. The Last Englishman. Heart of the Storm is WW2 in England. Top 100 Paid Top 100 Free #1. He was neither saint nor totalitarian despot, the two roles assigned to him after his death in 1924. Kindle Edition. Perhaps outside your timeframe, but I would add A Gentleman in Moscow. In this volume in the I.B. Behind a partition two typists were gossiping about food difficulties, rows in shopping queues, unrest among the women, an attempt to smash into some warehouse. Nor did I believe them.”. Tauris Short Histories series the reader gets, in the space of 232 pages, or just over 200 if you exclude footnotes, bibliography and index, not only a punchy summary of Swain’s long research in the field but a distillation of scholarly debate on the Russian Revolution. It's set a bit after the period I was looking at but is definitely related. Through the Russian Revolution by Albert Rhys Williams Williams was already in Petrograd when Reed arrived and acted as a calming tutor to his wilder and more activist colleague. The Bronze Horseman book. His book is in some ways a more solid work, helped by several conversations with Lenin and other Bolsheviks, as well as their opponents. The Blackwell Encyclopaedia of the Russian Revolution (Blackwell Publishers, Oxford, 1988), Rethinking the Russian Revolution (Edward Arnold, London, 1990), ‘Epilogue’ in Robert Service (ed.) Read 7 693 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Of the four works I consider indispensable, two were written by Russians and two by North Americans. Find our best selection and offers online, with FREE Click & Collect or UK delivery. The Russian revolution was the beginning of the modern age, says award-winning author Roland Chambers. I think The Romanov Bride was my favorite of his three -- almost nobody else has written about Grand Duchess Elisabeth. Please note that this document (like historical novels themselves!) He hated wasting words. Russian Revolution historians These pages contain some profiles of prominent Russian Revolution historians. My email is sarah @ readingthepast.com. 9. The secret police decided to keep this manuscript and that of a complete novel, both of which disappeared from their archives. It is poetic and epic and tells the story of two lovers and their families during The Russian Revolution and the Civil War that followed. What I wanted to do in The Dilemmas of Lenin: Terrorism, War, Empire, Love, Revolution was to place Lenin in proper historical context as an extremely gifted political strategist and thinker who, more than any other historical figure, dominated the shape of the last century. In the past I read most of Catherine Gavin books. Rereading the histories of 1917 and Lenin’s own writings without instrumentalist intent, brought back many memories and moments of discovery. Novels set during this tense, violent, chaotic period continue to fascinate for their depictions of a country's history, up-close and wrenchingly personal, during a time of great change. History doesn’t repeat itself, not even as a farce, but its echoes remain. I grew up reading them, but The Raging Fire is new to me. I'll have to check - I hadn't come across her Russia-set novels before. I haven't heard of that one by Antonia Ridge, though I have a copy of her novel about Katherine de Valois. Through the Russian Revolution by Albert Rhys WilliamsWilliams was already in Petrograd when Reed arrived and acted as a calming tutor to his wilder and more activist colleague. Thoughts on the similarities between the two Kentucky Pack Horse librarian historical novels, An abundance of upcoming WWII fiction for the first half of 2021, Smoky Eyes and Ruby Lips: Cosmetics in the World’s First Civilizations, an essay by Shauna Roberts, Interview with Gillian Polack, author of History and Fiction: Writers, their Research, Worlds, and Stories, Twelve upcoming historical novels for 2021 that aren't set during WWII. For a comprehensive list by time period on historical fiction in general see list of historical fiction by time period Afghanistan. He was working on Year Two when he was permitted to leave Stalin’s Russia in 1936. Russian Revolution in Worldwar. I wonder if Robert Alexander will be writing any other historical novels. Dr Zhivago by Boris Pasternak. Read. Ten Days That Shook the World by John ReedA buccaneering east-coast American radical despatched to cover the revolution is hypnotised by it and his reports combined to make a book that had a huge impact in the US and beyond. The earlier book is set during the 1850s and is interesting as background. Over the last 20 years The Historical Novels Review (the society’s print magazine for our members) has published reviews of some 18,000 historical fiction books. 30+ [Hand Picked] Popular Books On Russian Revolution Discover the list of some best books written on Russian Revolution by popular award winning authors. Lenin never lost sight of this thread and in his final years, crippled by a stroke and confined to his study, he returned with vigour to denounce the failures of his own side, and insisted that if the revolution was not regularly renewed it would fail. I'll have to check out The Snow Mountain in particular, as I've been enjoying novels that focus on Nicholas and Alexandra's children and show what their personalities were like. is Russian historical fiction a “thing” now? Browse our magazines. Along with the French Revolution in 1789, the Russian Revolution has become one of the most studied, analysed and interpreted of all revolutions. In 1942, when Soviet Foreign Commissar Vyacheslav Molotov met with Atvar, the Fleetlord of the Race 's Conquest Fleet, aboard the 127th Emperor Hetto, he horrified the Race by explaining the Russian Revolution to Atvar. Nevertheless, the film sparked a fascination in me for reading more about The Romanovs and modern Russian history. About 900 pages long, this book is an imposing first-hand account of the Russian Revolution, remarkable for having been composed by one of its chief protagonists—proof, if need be, that Leon Trotsky was a formidable writer (amongst other things). 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