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Soviet Memoir Literature in English Translation

Soviet Memoir Literature in English Translation

Abdulin, Mansur. Red road from Stalingrad : recollections of a Soviet infantryman. Barnsley, UK : Pen & Sword Military, 2004.

Agabekov, Grigorii Sergeevich. OGPU : the Russian secret terror. New York : Brentano’s, 1931.

Allilueva, Svetlana. Only one year. New York : Harper & Row, 1969.

Allilueva, Svetlana. 20 letters to a friend. London : Hutchinson, 1967. U.S. edition: [Twenty Letters to a friend. New York : Harper & Row, 1967.]

Ameel, Joseph. Red Hell : Twenty Years in Soviet Russia. London : R. Hale, 1941.

Andreev-Khomiakov, Gennady. Bitter waters : life and work in Stalin's Russia : a memoir. Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press, 1997.

Arbatov, Georgi Arkadevich. The system : an insider’s life in Soviet politics. New York : Times Books, 1992.

Babchenko, Arkadii. One soldier's war. New York : Grove Press, 2008.

Babel, Isaac. 1920 Diary. New Haven : Yale University Press, 1995.

Baiev, Khassan. The Oath : a surgeon under fire. New York : Walker & Company, 2003.

Baital´skii, M. Notebooks for the grandchildren : recollections of a Trotskyist who survived the Stalin terror. Atlantic Highlands, N.J. : Humanities Press, 1995.

Balabanoff, Angelica. My life as a rebel. London : H. Hamilton, 1938.

Begin, Menachem. White nights : the story of a prisoner in Russia. London : Macdonald, 1957.

Bektore, Atilla. A Nomad’s Journey. Lincoln NE : iUniverse, 2007.

Belozerskaia-Bulgakova, Liubov E. My life with Mikhail Bulgakov. Ann Arbor : Ardis, 1983.

Berezhkov, V. M. At Stalin's side : his interpreter's memoirs from the October Revolution to the fall of the dictator's empire. Secaucus, NJ : Carol Pub. Group, 1994.

Berezhkov, V. M. History in the making : memoirs of World War II diplomacy. Moscow : Progress Publishers, 1983.

Berg, Raisa. Acquired traits : memoirs of a geneticist from the Soviet Union. New York : Viking, 1988.

Berger, Joseph. Shipwreck of a generation : the memoirs of Joseph Berger. London : Harvill, 1971. [earlier edition: “Nothing but the truth”.]

Bessonov, Evgeni. Tank rider : into the Reich with the Red Army. London : Greenhill, 2003.

Braun, Leopold. In Lubianka’s shadow : the memoirs of an American priest in Stalin’s Moscow, 1934-1945. Notre Dame, IN : University of Notre Dame, 2006.

Brezhnev, Leonid Il’ich. Trilogy. New York : International Publishers, 1980. [consists of three short memoirs: “Little Land”, “Rebirth”, “The Virgin Lands”.

Brezhneva, Luba. The world I left behind : pieces of a past. New York : Random House, 1995.

Britnieva, Mary. One woman’s story. N.Y. : Alfred H. King, Inc., 1934.

Bukovskii, Vladimir Konstantinovich. To build a castle : my life as a dissenter. New York : Viking Press, 1979.

Chavez, Judy. Defector's mistress, the Judy Chavez story. New York : Dell, 1979. [She was mistress of Arkadii Nikolaevich Shevchenko (see also) after he defected]

Chekhov, Michael. The path of the actor. Abingdon, UK : Routledge, 2005.

Chukovskii, Kornei. Diary, 1901-1969. New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, 2005.

Contract, Alexander. The Back Room : my life with Khrushchev and Stalin. New York : Vantage Press, 1991.

Deriabin, Peter S. Inside Stalin’s Kremlin: an eyewitness account of brutality, duplicity and intrigue. Washington DC : Brassey’s, 1998.

Dmitriew, Helen. Surviving the storms : memory of Stalin’s tyranny. Fresno, CA : Press at California State University, Fresno, 1992.

Dobrynin, Anatoly. In confidence : Moscow's ambassador to American's six Cold War presidents (1962-1986). New York : Times Books, Random House, 1995.

Dolgun, Alexander. Alexander Dolgun’s story : an American in the Gulag. New York : Knopf, 1975.

Dune, Eduard Martynovich. Notes of a Red Guard. Urbana, Ill. : University of Illinois Press, 1993.

Dzhirkvelov, Il’ia. Secret servant : my life with the KGB and the Soviet Elite. London : Collins, 1987. [Several book reviewers mention they suspect possible falsification/fictionalization]

Emelianenko, Vasilii. Red star against the swastika. London : Greenhill, 2005.

Erenburg, Ilia. First Years of Revolution, 1918-21. London : MacGibbon & Kee, 1962. [Comprises volume 2 of Erenburg's memoirs "People, years -- life"

Erenburg, Ilia. Memoirs, 1921-1941. New York : Grosset & Dunlap, 1966. [Comprises volumes 3 and 4 of Erenburg's memoirs "People, years -- life"

Erenburg, Ilia. People and Life : Memoirs of 1891-1917. London : MacGibbon & Kee, 1961. [Comprises volume 1 of Erenburg's memoirs "People, years -- life"

Erenburg, Ilia. The Post War Years, 1945-1954. Cleveland, OH : World Publishing Company, 1967. [Comprises volume 6 of Erenburg's memoirs "People, years -- life"

Erenburg, Ilia. The War, 1941-45. London : MacGibbon & Kee, 1964. [Comprises volume 5 of Erenburg's memoirs "People, years -- life"

Fischer, Markoosha. My lives in Russia. New York : Harper & Brothers, 1944.

Garbštienė, Onutė. Hell in ice. Vilnius : Ethnos ’91, 1992.

Gershtein, Emma. Moscow memoirs : memories of Anna Akhmatova, Osip Mandelstam, and literary Russia under Stalin. Woodstock, NY : Overlook Press, 2004.

Ginzburg, Evgeniia Semenovna. Journey into the whirlwind. New York : Harcourt, Brace & World, 1967.

Ginzburg, Evgeniia Semenovna. Within the whirlwind. New York : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1981.

Ginzburg, Lidiia. Blockade diary. London : Harvill Press, 1995.

Goldovskaia, Marina Evseevna. Woman with a movie camera : my life as a Russian filmmaker. Austin, TX : University of Texas Press, 2006.

Gorbachevskii, Boris. Through the maelstrom : a Red Army soldier's war on the Eastern Front, 1942-1945. Lawrence, KS : University Press of Kansas, 2008.

Gorbatov, Aleksandr Vasil´evich. Years off my life : the memoirs of General of the Soviet Army A. V. Gorbatov. London : Constable, 1964.

Got’e, Iurii Vladimirovich. Time of Troubles, the diary of Iurii Vladimirovich Got’e : Moscow, July 8, 1917 to July 23, 1922. Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, 1988.

Gouzenko, Igor. The iron curtain. New York : E.P. Dutton, 1948.

Granovsky, Anatoli. All pity choked : the memoirs of a Soviet secret agent. London : W. Kimber, 1955. [U.S. edition titled: I was an NKVD agent.]

Grigorenko, Petr Grigor’evich. Memoirs. New York : Norton, 1982.

Gromyko, Andrei. Memoirs. New York : Doubleday, 1989.

Gromyko, Andrei. Memories. London : Hutchinson, 1989.

Grossman, Vasilii Semenovich. A writer at war : Vasily Grossman with the Red Army, 1941-1945. London : Pimlico, 2006.

IAkir, Petr Ionovich. A childhood in prison. New York : Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, 1973.

Ihnatowicz-Suszyński, Jadwiga.  We will uproot you.  Lublin : Liber Duo, 2005.

Ivanov-Razumnik. The memoirs of Ivanov-Razumnik. New York : Oxford University Press, 1965.

Ioffe, Nadezhda. Back in time : my life, my fate, my epoch : the memoirs of Nadezhda A. Joffe. Oak Park, Mich. : Labor Publications, Inc., 1995.

Kalugin, Oleg. The First Directorate. New York : St. Martin's Press, 1994.

Kaminskaya, Dina. Final judgment : my life as a Soviet defense attorney. New York : Simon and Schuster, 1982.

Kardinalovskaia, Tatiana. Ever-present Past : the memoirs of Tatiana Kardinalowska. Edmonton : Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, 2004.

Kasparov, Garri Kimovich. Child of Change. London : Hutchinson, 1987.

Kaznacheev, Aleksandr Iur’evich. Inside a Soviet embassy : experiences of a Russian diplomat in Burma. Philadelphia : Lippincott, 1962.

Khokhlov, Nikolai. In the name of conscience. New York : D. McKay Co., 1959.

Khrushchev, Nikita Sergeevich. Memoirs of Nikita Khrushchev. University Park, Pa. : Pennsylvania State University, 2004-

Kindermann, Karl Gustav. In the toils of the O.G.P.U. London : Hurst & Blackett, 1933?

Kollontai, Aleksandra. The autobiography of a sexually emancipated Communist woman. New York : Herder and Herder, 1971.

Konarska, Felicja. Leaves in the Wind. Warsaw : Wydawnictwo Agade, 2004.

Konstantin, Anatole. A red boyhood : growing up under Stalin. Columbia, MO : University of Missouri Press, 2008.

Kopelev, Lev. Ease my sorrows : a memoir. New York : Random House, 1983.

Kopelev, Lev. The education of a true believer. New York : Harper & Row, 1980.

Krasnov, Nikolai Nikolaevich. The hidden Russia : my ten years as a slave laborer. New York : Holt, 1960.

Kravchenko, Victor. I chose freedom : the personal and political life of a Soviet official. New York : C. Scribner's sons, 1946. [2nd ed. with new introduction: New Brunswick, N.J. : Transaction, 1989.]

Kreiser, Maria. Though my soul more bent : memoir of a Soviet German. Bismarck, North Dakota : Germans from Russia Heritage Society, 2003.

Krivitsky, Walter G. In Stalin’s secret service. New York : Enigma Books, 2000. [original edition: New York : Harper & Brothers, 1939.]

Krotkov, Yuri. I am from Moscow. New York : Dutton, 1967.

Kuznetsov, N. G. Memoirs of wartime Minister of the Navy. Moscow : Progress Publishers, 1990.

Lachman, Feliks. I was a gulag prisoner (1939-42). London : Caldra House, 1991.

Larina, Anna. This I cannot forget : the memoirs of Nikolai Bukharin's widow. New York : W.W. Norton & Co., 1991.

Leonhard, Wolfgang. Child of the revolution. Chicago, IL : Henry Regnery Co., 1958.

Ligachev, Egor Kuzmich. Inside Gorbachev’s Kremlin : the memoirs of Yegor Ligachev. New York : Pantheon Books, 1993.

Lipper, Elinor. Eleven years in Soviet prison camps. London : Hollis & Carter, 1951.

Lugovskaia, Nina. The Diary of a Soviet schoolgirl : 1932-1937. Chicago, IL : Northwestern University Press, 2003.

Lunev, Stanislav Through the eyes of the enemy : Russia’s highest ranking military defector reveals why Russia is more dangerous than ever. Washington, DC : Regnery Pub., 1998.

Mandel’shtam, Nadezhda. Hope abandoned. New York : Atheneum, 1974.

Mandel’shtam, Nadezhda. Hope against hope: a memoir. New York : Atheneum, 1970.

Mariinskii, Evgenii. Red Star Airacobra : memoirs of a Soviet fighter ace, 1941-45. Solihull : Helion, 2006.

Meretskov, Kirill Afanas´evich. Serving the people. Moscow : Progress Publishers, 1971.

Meshcherskaya, Ekaterina. A Russian princess remembers : the journey from tsars to glasnost. New York : Doubleday, 1989.

Mikoian, A. I. Memoirs of Anastas Mikoyan. Madison, Conn. : Sphinx Press, 1988.

Mikoian, Sergo. Stalinism as I saw it. Washington, D.C. : Woodrow Wilson Center, Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies, 1991.

Moniushko, Evgenni D. From Leningrad to Hungary : notes of a Red Army soldier, 1941-1946. London : Frank Cass, 2005.

Obryn’ba, Nikolai. Red partisan : the memoirs of a Soviet resistance fighter on the Eastern Front. Barnsley, UK : Pen & Sword, 2006.

Orlov, Alexander. The March of Time : Reminiscences. London : St. Ermin’s Press, 2004.

Orlova, Raisa Davydovna. Memoirs. New York : Random House, 1983.

Panin, Dimitrii Mikhailovich. The Notebooks of Sologdin. New York : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1976.

Parvilahti, Unto. Beria's gardens : ten years' captivity in Russia and Siberia. London : Hutchinson, 1959.

Pasternak, Boris Leonidovich. An essay in autobiography. London : Collins and Harvill Press, 1959.

Pasternak, Boris Leonidovich. Safe conduct : an autobiography, and other writings. New York : New Directions, 1958.

Patolichev, N.S. Measures of maturity : my early life. Oxford ; New York : Pergamon Press, 1983.

Pazukhina, Eudoxia. Collective farm “Trud”. London : Modern Books, 1930?

Petkevich, Tamara Vladimirovna.  Memoir of a Gulag actress.  DeKalb Ill. : Northern Illinois University Press, 2010.

Peszkowski, Zdzisław. Memoirs of a prisoner of war in Kozielsk. Warszawa : Polish Katyń Foundation, 1993.

Petrov, Vladimir. Escape from the future. Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 1973.[earlier editions: “It happens in Russia: seven years forced labour in the Siberian goldfields” and “Soviet Gold: my life as a slave labourer in the Siberian mines”.]

Piatnitskii, Osip. Memoirs of a bolshevik. New York : International Publishers, 193-?.

Pirozhkova, Antonina Nikolaevna. At his side : the last years of Isaac Babel. South Royalton, Vt. : Steerforth Press, 1996.

Plisetskaya, Maya. I, Maya Plisetskaya. New Haven : Yale University Press, 2001.

Prokofiev, Sergey. Prokofiev by Prokofiev : a composer’s memoir. Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, 1979.

Pyl’cyn, Alexander V. Penalty strike : the memoirs of a Red Army Penal Company Commander. Solihull, UK : Helion, 2005.

Rachlin, Rachel. Sixteen years in Siberia. Tuscaloosa, AL : University of Alabama Press, 1988.

Ratushinskaia, Irina. Grey is the color of hope. New York : Knopf, 1988. Rawicz, Slavomir. The long walk. New York, NY : Lyons Press, 1997.

Razgon, Lev Emmanuilovich. True stories : the memoirs of Lev Razgon. Ann Arbor, Mich. : Ardis, 1997.

Reshetnikov, Vasilii Vasil’evich. Bomber pilot on the Eastern Front : 307 missions behind enemy lines. Barnsley, UK : Pen & Sword Aviation, 2008.

Robinson, Robert. Black on Red : my 44 years inside the Soviet Union : an autobiography. Washington, D.C. : Acropolis Books, 1988.

Rokossovskii, Konstantin Konstantinovich. A soldier's duty. Moscow : Progress Publishers, 1985.

Romanov, A. I. Nights are longest there: Smersh from the inside. London : Hutchinson, 1972.

Rosenberg, Suzanne. A Soviet odyssey. New York : Oxford University Press, 1988.

Scott, John. Behind the Urals : an American worker in Russia's city of steel. Cambridge, MA : Houghton Mifflin, 1942.

Serge, Victor. Memoirs of a Revolutionary, 1901-1941. New York : Oxford University Press, 1963.

Shaiakhmetov, Mukhamet. The Silent Steppe : the story of a Kazakh nomad under Stalin. London : Stacey International, 2006.

Shepilov, Dmitrii Trofimovich. The Kremlin's scholar : a memoir of Soviet politics under Stalin and Krushchev. New Haven CT : Yale University Press, 2007.

Shevardnadze, Eduard Amvrosievich. The future belongs to freedom. New York : Free Press, 1991.

Shevchenko, Arkady N. Breaking with Moscow. New York : Knopf, 1985.

Sheymov, Victor. Tower of secrets : a real life spy thriller. Annapolis, MD : Naval Institute Press, 1993.

Shklovskii, Viktor Borisovich. A Sentimental journey : memoirs, 1917-1922. Ithaca, NY : Cornell University Press, 1984.

Shostakovich, Dmitrii Dmitrievich. Testimony : the memoirs of Dmitri Shostakovich. New York : Harper & Row, 1979.

Simmons, Cynthia. Writing the siege of Leningrad : women’s diaries, memoirs, and documentary prose. Pittsburgh : University of Pittsburgh Press, 2002.

Skariatina, Irina. First to go back: an aristocrat in Soviet Russia. Indianapolis : The Bobbs-Merrill Co., 1933.

Skriabina, Elena. After Leningrad : from the Caucasus to the Rhine, August 9, 1942-March 25, 1945 : a diary of survival during World War II. Carbondale, IL : Southern Illinois University Press, 1978.

Skriabina, Elena. The Allies on the Rhine, 1945-1950. Carbondale, IL : Southern Illinois University Press, 1980.

Skriabina, Elena. Coming of age in the Russian Revolution : the Soviet Union at war. New Brunswick, U.S.A. : Transaction Books, 1985.

Skriabina, Elena. Siege and survival : the odyssey of a Leningrader. Carbondale, IL : Southern Illinois University Press, 1971.

Smirnova-Medvedeva, Zoia Matveevna. On the road to Stalingrad : memoirs of a Soviet woman machine gunner. New York : Legas, 1996

Stajner, Karlo. Seven thousand days in Siberia. New York : Farrar/Straus/Giroux, 1988.

Stakhanova, Nadia et al. Separated at Stavropol : a Russian family’s memoir of wartime flight. Jefferson, NC : McFarland, 2005.

Starinov, Anna K. Behind fascist lines : a firsthand account of guerilla warfare during the Spanish Revolution. New York : Ballantine Books, 2001.

Starinov, I. G. Over the Abyss : my life in Soviet special operations. New York : Ivy Books, 1995.

Sudoplatov, Pavel. Special tasks : the memoirs of an unwanted witness, a Soviet spymaster. Boston : Little, Brown, 1994.

Tchernavin, Tatiana. Escape from the Soviets. New York : E. P. Dutton & Co., Inc., 1934.

Tchernavin, Tatiana. We Soviet women. New York : E. P. Dutton & Co., Inc., 1936.

Temkin, Gabriel. My just war : the memoir of a Jewish Red Army soldier in World War II. Novato, CA : Presidio, 1998.

Tokaev, Grigori Aleksandrovich. Betrayal of an ideal. London : Harvill Press, 1954.

Tokaev, Grigori Aleksandrovich. Comrade X. London : Harvill Press, 1956.

Trotsky, Leon. My life : an attempt at an autobiography. New York : Pathfinder Press, 1970.

Vogeler, Robert A. I was Stalin’s Prisoner. New York : Harcourt Brace, 1952.

Vogelfanger, Isaac J. Red tempest : the life of a surgeon in the Gulag. Montreal : McGill-Queen's University Press, 1996.

Wayne, Kyra Petrovskaya. Shurik : a story of the siege of Leningrad. New York : Lyons & Burford, 1992.

Werner, Ruth. Sonya's report : The fascinating autobiography of one of Russia's most remarkable secret agents. London : Chatto & Windus, 1991.

Wittlin, Tadeusz. Reluctant Traveller in Russia. London : W. Hodge, 1952.

Yakushin, Ivan. On the roads of war : a Soviet cavalryman on the eastern front. Barnsley, UK : Pen & Sword Military, 2005.

Zelikson-Bobrovskaia, TSetsiliia Samoilovna. Twenty years in underground Russia : memoirs of a rank-and-file Bolshevik. New York : International Publishers, 1934.

Zhukov, Georgii Konstantinovich. The memoirs of Marshal Zhukov. New York : Delacorte Press, 1971.

Zissman, Harold. The warriors : my life as a Jewish Soviet partisan. Syracuse, NY : Syracuse University Press, 2005.

Barbarossa and the retreat to Moscow : recollections of fighter pilots on the Eastern Front / [interviews by] Artem Drabkin. Barnsley, South Yorkshire : Pen & Sword Military, 2007.

Memories of the Dispossessed : descendents of Kulak families tell their stories. Nottingham, UK : Bramcote Press, 1998. [Personal histories collected by Olga Litvinenko]