The Magical Chorus: A History of Russian Culture from Tolstoy to Solzhenitsyn. Solomon Volkov, Antonina Bouis (translator). NY: Knopf, 2008. 1st edition. Hardcover, 352 pages. Jacket in protective cover.
Volkov examines the intricate interconnection between Russian and Soviet rulers and Russian artists and the culture of Russia in the twentieth century. He profiles writers and poets, including Tolstoy, Gorky, Sholokhov, Pasternak, Nabokov, Solzhenitsyn, as well as Blok, Esenin, Mayakovsky, Mandelstam, Akhmatova, Tsvetaeva, Brodsky, and Yevtushenko. In the field of music he profiles Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Chaliapin, Horowitz, Stravinsky, Diaghilev, Nijinsky, Stanislavsky, Meyerhold and Richter.
Volkov, born in 1944, is a Russian journalist and musicologist, and is best known for Testimony - the memoir of Dmitri Shostakovich - which was published in 1979 following his emigration from the Soviet Union in 1976.