Books by Solomon Volkov

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
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 >
NON-FICTION
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 >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
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 >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 2, 1998

The Russian Nobel laureate speaks his mind on poetry, other poets, and his life in conversations with another intellectual Russian ÇmigrÇ. Read full book review >
ST. PETERSBURG by Solomon Volkov
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

From a noted Russian ÇmigrÇ musicologist, an affectionate as well as scholarly tribute to St. Read full book review >