Maybe you haven’t heard, but the 1997 animated movie “Anastasia” has finally been adapted for Broadway! Ever since I broke my VHS tape of it after playing the movie on repeat, I have been waiting for this story to take center stage. I was completely entranced by the grand duchess and her beautiful, tragic Russian childhood, despite the grim reality of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, which led to Anastasia’s entire family being murdered in an extrajudicial killing by members of the secret police. If you, too, are obsessed with all things Russian Empire and need something to hold you over until you see the play on Broadway, pick up one of these books about Anastasia, the Romanov family, or other royal Russians.
And if you haven’t gotten your Russian fix yet, here’s a list of Russian Novels to Read Before You Die.