Books by Antonina W. Bouis

THE YEAR OF THE COMET by Sergei Lebedev
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"This gorgeously written, unsettling novel—a rare work about the fall of the Soviet Union as told through the eyes of a child—leaves us with a fresh understanding of that towering moment in recent history."
Lebedev follows up Oblivion (2016), his powerful novel about the atrocities of the gulag, with this autobiographical tale of a boy's coming-of-age during the years leading to the fall of the Soviet Union. Read full book review >
OBLIVION by Sergei Lebedev
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"Lebedev's courageous and devastating first novel, published in Russia in 2011, applies modern insight and poetic force to atrocities past and to his country's unspoken campaign to remove them from history."
Journeying across the tundra on a search through his past, a young Russian is emotionally undone by horrific remnants of gulag atrocities—and the ease with which those crimes were systematically wiped from the national consciousness. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 24, 2011

"Occasionally cantankerous, but swift, erudite and easy to follow."
The author of numerous works on Russian cultural history races through the 300-year rule of the Romanovs (1613-1917), examining the rulers' complicated relationships with creative artists. Read full book review >
Released: March 6, 2008

"Volkov is a stern critic and a smart observer of the Russian scene, and this book, a fine complement to Orlando Figes's Natasha's Dance: A Cultural History of Russia (2002), is essential for anyone following modern political and cultural events there."
Wide-ranging study of the arts in Russia during the Communist era, bracketed by a decade of relative freedom on either end. Read full book review >
ALEXANDER II by Edvard Radzinsky
Released: Oct. 18, 2005

"What the country got in return was a worse ruler, making nostalgia for Alexander a popular sentiment at the time of the revolution. Those who share that yearning for long-gone royals will find this portrait a pleasure."
Spare the knout and spoil the serf: an admiring biography of the 19th-century Russian ruler who ushered in modernizing reforms but was assassinated all the same. Read full book review >
Released: March 29, 2004

"An eye-opening look at the intersection of art and political power."
A revealing portrait of the great composer Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-75), who managed to keep skin and soul intact during the worst years of the Soviet terror. Read full book review >