Search Results: "Solomon Volkov"


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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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 >

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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 >

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WONDER OF WONDERS by Alisa Solomon
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"Everything a Fiddler fan could hope to learn but with little to entice general readers."
Raising the roof on one of the most successful and resonant works in the history of Broadway. Read full book review >

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THE BRIDGE by Solomon Jones
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2003

"As passionately unsparing as before in its portrayal of a subculture in despair, but Jones's second ultimately disappoints, undercut by soap-opera plotting and a curiously lifeless cast."
After his stunning debut with Pipe Dream (2000)—a harrowing novel about the inner city's lost souls—Jones tries hard again but falls short. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 9, 2004

"An insider's knowing and engaging portrait, not to be found in any guidebook. (16-page photo insert, not seen)"
Washington hand Solomon (Where They Ain't, 1999) astutely tracks three families of American aristocrats who wielded power inside the Beltway through the 20th century. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1997

"Solomon intertwines a secret, small life with the great artistic movements of the century and tells a story that will intrigue even those who know nothing of the artist's work. (illustrations, not seen)"
Joseph Cornell, an American artist most famous for his quirky shadow boxes, is astutely revealed by Wall Street Journal art critic Solomon as a shy, complex figure—even more enigmatic than his art. Read full book review >

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LEAVING LUCY PEAR by Anna Solomon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2016

"Slow-movement storytelling: fully-fleshed, compassionate, and satisfying."
The abandonment of a newborn child in a pear orchard opens an intense tale of choices and consequences which, despite its early-20th-century setting, has the capacious feel of a Victorian novel. Read full book review >

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DISGRUNTLED by Asali Solomon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Blackness, feminism and the loss of virginity have never been analyzed by a more astute and witty main character."
In this witty take on 1980s Philadelphia, a young girl comes of age and learns to navigate love, loss, school and family. Read full book review >