The Greatest Nonfiction Books Written by Russian Authors

  1. 1 . Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov

    Speak, Memory is an autobiographical memoir by writer Vladimir Nabokov. The first twelve chapters describe Nabokov's remembrance of his youth in a quasi-aristocratic family living in pre-revolut...

  2. 2 . The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

    The Gulag Archipelago is a book by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn based on the Soviet forced labor and concentration camp system. The three-volume book is a massive narrative relying on eyewitness testimon...

  3. 3 . The Hedgehog and the Fox by Isaiah Berlin

    Berlin expands upon this idea to divide writers and thinkers into two categories: hedgehogs, who view the world through the lens of a single defining idea (examples given include Plato, Lucretius, ...

  4. 4 . Reflections of a Russian Statesman by Konstantin P. Pobedonostsev

    In his "Reflections of a Russian Statesman" (1896), he promoted autocracy and condemned elections, representation and democracy, the jury system, the press, free education, charities, and social re...

  5. 5 . My Childhood by Maxim Gorky

    1926. Maxim Gorky, pseudonym of Alexei Maksimovich Peshkov, Soviet novelist, playwright and essayist, who was a founder of social realism. Although known principally as a writer, he was closely ass...

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  6. 6 . The Proper Study of Mankind by Isaiah Berlin

    Isaiah Berlin was one of the leading thinkers of our time and one of its finest writers. The Proper Study of Mankind brings together his most celebrated writing: here the reader will find Berlin's ...

  7. 7 . My Life by Leon Trotsky

    The only Bolshevik leader to write his memoirs, Leon Trotsky published this remarkable book in 1930, the first year of a perilous, decade-long exile that ended with his assassination in Mexico. Exp...

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  8. 8 . The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia by Masha Gessen

    WINNER OF THE 2017 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD IN NONFICTION NAMED A BEST BOOK OF 2017 BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, LOS ANGELES TIMES, WASHINGTON POST, BOSTON GLOBE, SEATTLE TIMES, CHRISTIAN SCIENCE ...

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  9. 9 . In the Land of White Death by Valerian Albanov

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  10. 10 . Creatures that Once Were Men by Maksim Gorky

  11. 11 . Conditioned Reflexes by Ivan Pavlov