From Books
From Fiction
Works of fiction (or excerpts thereof) where life in a communal apartment is described.
Daniil Kharms, "Myshin's Victory" A miniature story by Daniil Kharms, 1940. Translated by Alice Nakhimovsky.
Mikhail Zoshchenko. "Nervous people" Mikhail Zoshchenko. "Nervous People." A short story. 1924. Translated by Charles Rougle.
Mikhail Zoshchenko. "The Crisis" Mikhail Zoshchenko. "The Crisis". A short story. 1925. Translated by Charles Rougle.
Mikhail Zoshchenko. "A Summer Breather." Mikhail Zoshchenko. "A Summer Breather." A short story. 1929. Translated by Charles Rougle.
Lydia Chukovskaya. Sofia Petrovna Lydia Chukovskaya. Sofia Petrovna. Translated by Aline B. Worth. Revised and amended by Eliza Kellogg Klose. Excerpt.
Ilf and Petrov. The Little Golden Calf An excerpt from Chapter 13 of Ilf and Petrov's The Little Golden Calf. Translated by Charles Rougle.
Vasily Grossman. Life and Fate Vasily Grossman, Life and Fate, part I, chapter 23. Translated by Alice Nakhimovsky.
P. Romanov. Three Pairs of Silk Stockings Panteleimon Romanov. Three Pairs of Silk Stockings. A Novel of the Life of the Educated Class Under the Soviet. 1931. Translated by Leonide Zarine. Edited by Stephen Graham. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. 1931. Chapters IV and XIII.
Mikhail Bulgakov. A Dog's Heart Mikhail Bulgakov. A Dog's Heart. A Monstrous Story. 1925. Translated by Hugh Aplin. Excerpts.
  From Non-fiction
Memoirs, articles, and essays (or excerpts thereof) that describe life in a communal apartment.
In a Room and a Half "In a Room and a Half" from Less Than One, Selected Essays by Joseph Brodsky. Excerpt.
Communal Pulp Fiction Lev Rubenshtein. "Communal Pulp Fiction." Essay. From Music Played at Home. Moscow, 2000.
Stolen pork chops "Caught on webcam: a thief — and grim end of a Soviet dream." A report filed from Moscow by Nick Holdsworth of 2005.