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Books in Which Joseph Stalin Plays a Starring Role

Explore fiction involving one of history's most infamous figures.

Aksenov, Vasilii Pavlovich
Generations of Winter
Stalin's rise to power threatens the very existence of the Gradov family.
 
Bulgakov, Mikhail
The Master and Margarita
The author's allegorical masterpiece begins with the appearance in Moscow of Satan and his talking black cat. Ingenious!
 
Grossman, Vasilii
Life and Fate
Based on War and Peace, this tale of the Battle of Stalingrad is nearly as long and almost as good.
 
Lourie, Richard
The Autobiography of Joseph Stalin: A Novel
What if the most powerful thug in history left behind his autobiography?
 
Rybakov, Anatoli
Children of the Arbat
The initial volume of Rybakov's fabulous trilogy finds loyal Soviet citizen, Sasha Pankratov, sentenced and exiled to Siberia.
 
Serge, Victor
The Case of Comrade Tulayev
The usual and unusual suspects are rounded up after the murder of a government official.
 
Simonov, Konstantin
The Living and the Dead
Both political bureaucrat Vanya Sintsov, as well as Stalin, must prove their worth during the Nazi invasion of the U.S.S.R.
 
Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr Isaevich
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
One day seems like forever in Stalin's Gulag.
 
Vollmann, William T.
Europe Central
As the Germans invade the Soviet Union, the author offers multiple tales with multiple points of view of both sides of the conflict and it's all quite brilliant.
 

Updated: August 11, 2009