By STEPHEN KOTKIN
Reviewed by JENNIFER SIEGEL
The first volume of a new biography argues that Stalin had social as well as organizational skills.
'There Once Lived a Mother Who Loved Her Children, Until They Moved Back In'
PETRUSHEVSKAYA. Translated by ANNA SUMMERS.
Reviewed by JENNY OFFILL
In three tales, women contend with ne'er-do-well children and the pressures of communal living.
By EMMANUEL CARRÈRE.
Translated by JOHN LAMBERT.
Reviewed by JULIA IOFFE
After a career as a poet, butler and media celebrity, Eduard Limonov helped organize a group of nationalist thugs.
To Russia, With Tough Love
By MASHA GESSEN
Masha Gessen recounts the literary history of Moscow and describes why she's become disillusioned with the city of her birth.
David Baldacci: By the Book
The author, most recently, of "The Escape" was a library rat growing up: "Libraries are the mainstays of democracy. The first thing dictators do when taking over a country is close all the libraries, because libraries are full of ideas."
'Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible'
By PETER POMERANTSEV
Reviewed by MIRIAM ELDER
A British television producer's foray into the "surreal heart" of 21st-century Russia.
By KAREN DAWISHA
Reviewed by RAJAN MENON
A damning account of Vladimir Putin's rise to power and his plans to restore Greater Russia.
'Twilight of the Eastern Gods'
By ISMAIL KADARE.
Translated by DAVID BELLOS.
Reviewed by CHRISTIAN LORENTZEN
The Moscow of Ismail Kadare's novel is full of young writers who live and drink together.
'Leningrad: Siege and Symphony'
By BRIAN MOYNAHAN
Reviewed by REBECCA REICH
Shostakovich's composition for a besieged Leningrad.
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