• Petersburg, a novel, by Andrei Bely
  • The Silver Dove, a novel,  by Andrei Bely
  • The White Guard, a novel about the revolution in Kiev, by Mikhail Bulgakov
  • Anna of All The Russias, a biography of Anna Akhmatova, Elaine Feinstein
  • The Noise of Time, an autobiography by the poet Osip Mandelstam
  • Hope against Hope, the first part of a combined autobiography and biography of her poet husband, by Nadezhda Mandelstam
  • A Captive Spirit: Selected Prose by the poet Marina Tsvetaeva
  • Nightingale Fever, an accessible biography/lit.crit. of the four 20th-century poets Akhmatova, Tsvetaeva, Mandelstam and Pasternak, by Ronald Hingley
  • Odessa Tales – wonderful stories about the Jewish underworld of Tsarist southern Russia and a gangster called Benya Krik (“Benny the Scream”), by Isaac Babel
  • Mayakovsky, a biography of the futurist poet, written with wonderful overstatement, by Viktor Shklovsky
  • St Petersburg: A Cultural History, a brilliant history of the Tsarist capital told through its artists, by Solomon Volkov
  • Night of Stone: Death and Memory in Russia, by  Catherine Merridale
  • Conspirator: Lenin in Exile, by Helen Rappaport
  • A People’s Tragedy, by  Orlando Figes
  • Natasha’s Dance, by  Orlando Figes
  • Russia under the Old Regime, by Richard Pipes
  • Russia on the Eve of Modernity, by Leonid Heretz
  • The Occult in Russian and Soviet Culture  Bernice Glatzer Rosenthal
  • Nicholas and Alexandra, by Robert Massie
  • The Romanovs: The Final Chapter, by Robert K. Massie
  • Daily life in Russia: Under the Last Tsar, by  Henri Troyat
  • The Lost Fortune of the Tsars, by William Clarke
  • Russie – a pre-revolutionary travel guide from Baedeker
  • Rasputin: The Last Word, by Edward Radzinsky
  • Prelude to the Revolution: The Murder of Rasputin, by Ronald C Moe
  • Rasputin: A Life, by Joseph T Fuhrmann
  • Raspoutine (in French), by Andrei Amalrik
  • The Man Who Killed Rasputin: Prince Felix Youssoupov and the Murder That Helped Bring Down The Russian Empire, by Greg King
  • Stradivarius – a wonderful book following the fate of five string instruments made by the Cremonese master, by Toby Faber
  • Violin-making: A Practical Guide, by my teacher in Cambridge  Juliet Barker
  • The Art of Violin Making, by  Chris Johnson and Roy Courtnall
  • How to Make a Violin, by John Broadhouse
  • Rememberings – a memoir of Jewish life in late Tsarist Russia, by Pauline Wengeroff
  • Beyond the Pale: The Jewish Encounter with Late Imperial Russia, by Benjamin Nathans
  • History of the Jews in Russia and Poland, by  Simon Markovich Dubnow
  • Pogroms: Anti-Jewish violence in modern Russian history, edited by John D Klier and Shlomo Lambroza
  • The Decay of Czarism: The Beiliss trial, by Alexander B Tager

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