Moscow in Literature

Understanding Moscow: Through Literature, History, and Film

Published: December 3, 2014

A conversation on the popular listserve SEELANGS led to many experts volunteering some of their favorite works about the city of Moscow -including films, novels, histories, and academic studies. Below are the majority of the works mentioned.


Moscow in the Plague Year: Poems Evgenii Onegin:
A Novel in Verse
Moscow in the Plague Year: Poems
Eugene Onegin


Novels and Plays:


The Three Sisters “Cleansing Monday Happy Moscow
Moscow Tales Moscow to the End of the Line Woe from Wit
Moscow-Petersburg In the First Circle Moscow 2042
Homo Zapiens Omon Ra METRO 2033
My Childhood Mother Children of the Arbat
First Love Moskva Kva-Kva A Double Life
War and Peace “The Cave” Poor Liza
Three Russian Tales of the Eighteenth Century What Is To Be Done? Anna Karenina
The Ship of Widows Generations of Winter Earthly Signs:
Moscow Diaries, 1917-1922
The Slynx The Time: Night “Postmark: Moscow”
A Novel Without Lies The Grassy Street Dim and Distant Days
The Old Arbat The Diary of a Soviet Schoolgirl: 1932-1937 Petroleum Venus
Metro: A Novel of the Moscow Underground Doctor Zhivago My Past and Thoughts


History and Academic Works

Moscow: Governing the Socialist Metropolis The Many Lives of Khrushchev’s Thaw Moscow: The Russian Rome
Moscow Diary The Transformation of Urban Space in Post-Soviet Russia The Russian Road to China
The Icon and the Axe: An Interpretative History of Russian Culture Lord and Peasant in Russia from the Ninth to the Nineteenth Century A History of Russian Architecture
Commerce in Russian Urban Culture, 1861-1914 Geography of the Soviet Union Cultures of Contamination, Volume 14: Legacies of Pollution in Russia and the US
The City
in Late Imperial Russia
The Environs
of Russian Cities
The Russians
Russian Nature: Exploring the Environmental Consequences of Societal Change Small-Town Russia: Postcommunist Livelihoods and Identities Medieval Russia: A Source Book, 850-1700
Medieval Russia: A Source Book, 850-1700
“St. Basil’s Cathedral” &
“The Moscow Metro”
“Moscow in the 1930s” The People of Moscow
Picturing Russia “Moscow in the 1930s”
Moscow and Muscovites
Moscow and Muscovites



Discourse of the Moscow Metro in the 1930s
In Russian
Алтын-Толобас Возвышение Москвы Москва
Алтын-толобас (Приключения магистра Book 1) (Russian Edition) by [Акунин, Борис]
Няня из Москвы Лето Господне Богомолье
Легкая голова Живите в Москве
Мне двадцать лет Moskva Я шагаю по Москве
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Doesn’t Believe in Tears
Bed and Sofa
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About the author

Josh Wilson

Josh Wilson is the Assistant Director for SRAS. He manages the SRAS Family of Sites, a grouping of publications that cover geopolitics, history, business, economy, pop culture, and politics in Eurasia since 2003. He lived in Moscow, Russia from 2003-2022. He also assists in program development and leads SRAS' scholarship programs.

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