Tatyana Tolstaya

Tatyana Tolstaya was born in Leningrad in 1951 to an aristocratic family that includes the writers Leo and Alexei Tolstoy. After completing a degree in classics at Leningrad State University, Tolstaya worked for several years at a Moscow publishing house. In the mid-1980s, she began publishing short stories in literary magazines and her first story collection established her as one of the foremost writers of the Gorbachev era. She spent much of the late Eighties and Nineties living in the United States and teaching at several universities. Known for her acerbic essays on contemporary Russian life, Tolstaya has also been the co-host of the Russian cultural interview television program School for Scandal. Both her novel, The Slynx and her collection of stories, White Walls, are published by NYRB Classics.

The Making of Mr. Putin

The Making of Mr. Putin

First Person: An Astonishingly Frank Self-Portrait

by Russia's President Vladimir Putin, with Nataliya Gevorkyan, Natalya Timakova, Andrei Kolesnikov, Translated from the Russian by Catherine A. Fitzpatrick. The Russian original, Ot pervovo litsa, is available on the website

May 25, 2000 issue

Missing Persons

The Commissar Vanishes: The Falsification of Photographs and Art in Stalin's Russia

by David King

Eyewitness to History: The Photographs of Yevgeny Khaldei

with a biographical essay by Alexander Nakhimovsky and Alice Nakhimovsky

January 15, 1998 issue

Love Story

Dreams of My Russian Summers

by Andreï Makine, Translated from the French by Geoffrey Strachan

November 20, 1997 issue

Russian Lessons

Russian Lessons

'The Russian Question' at the End of the Twentieth Century

by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, translated and annotated by Yermolai Solzhenitsyn

October 19, 1995 issue

Boris the First

Boris the First

The Struggle for Russia

by Boris N. Yeltsin, translated by Catherine A. Fitzpatrick

June 23, 1994 issue

The Age of Innocence

Classic Russian Cooking: Elena Molokhovets' 'A Gift to Young Housewives'

translated and introduced by Joyce Toomre

October 21, 1993 issue

The Golden Age

The Last Tsar: The Life and Death of Nicholas II

by Edvard Radzinsky, translated by Marian Schwartz

Nicholas and Alexandra: The Family Albums

by Prince Michael of Greece

December 17, 1992 issue

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