What are the best Russian literary works?

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    #1Crime and Punishment

    Crime and Punishment
    Crime and Punishment is a classic of Russian literature by Fyodor Dostoyevsky published in 1866. It tells the story of ex-student Rodion Raskolnikov who plans to kill an unscrupulous pawnbroker to liberate himself from poverty.

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    Mildred Morris
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Crime and Punishment is a classic Russian novel written by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. It was first published in 1866. This novel follows the life of Rodion Raskolikov who has mental issues that manifest in him making plans for murder. "
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    #2Eugene Onegin

    Eugene Onegin
    Eugene Onegin is a novel written in verse by the great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin. Made up of 389 stanzas in iambic tetrameter, it is a philosophical telling of the story of three men and three women.
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    Michelle Howard
    Written on March 24, 2018
    "I am not into this type of reading. It just doesn't appeal to me. I'm sure it is good but just not for me."
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    #3Anna Karenina

    Anna Karenina

    Anna Karenina is widely regarded as one of the best books ever written by Leo Tolstoy, which was first published in 1878. This follows the story of Countess Anna Karenina and her affair with Count Vronsky.

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    Ai Yao
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "One of the greatest Russian literature book. It captures the heart of the readers.You should carefully read the book to enjoy it. Anna Karenina book is definitely a page turner. "
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    #4The Brothers Karamazov

    The Brothers Karamazov

    The Brothers Karamazov is Fyodor Dostoyevsky's final novel. It tells the story of four brothers―Dmtiri, Ivan, Alyosha, and Smerdyakov. Dostoyevsky writes about 19th-century Russian life and talks about religion, ethics, and morality.

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    Scott McDonald
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This book was a little boring for my taste. It probably has to do with it being translated from Russian. It was interesting learning a little about Russian culture though."
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    #5Stories of Anton Chekhov

    Stories of Anton Chekhov
    Stories of Anton Chekhov is a collection of short stories by Chekhov, translated from Russian by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky. Chekhov writes simple stories in prose about life in Russia.
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    Janice Moore
    Written on March 16, 2018
    "You can't really go wrong with Chekhov, I mean, you absolutely can't. One of the great masters of literature, there is something in there for everybody, or almost. He writes elegantly, with compassion and deep insights and his descriptions are poignantly beautiful. And if you have some affinity with the melancholy "Russian soul", he's one of the best representatives of it. Even simply from a historical standpoint, the novels are worth it, to discover another time and place. Must have, definitely."
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    #6Notes From Underground

    Notes From Underground
    In Notes from the Underground, Fyodor Dostoyevsky tells the story of an unnamed narrator who retreated underground, fully isolating himself from society. It exhibits Dostoyevsky's thoughts on society and the human condition.
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    Aaron Jones
    Written on March 28, 2018
    "Dostoyevsky is a master of Russian literature. You will be inspired and challenged as you read his works."
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    #7Fathers and Sons

    Fathers and Sons
    Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev depicts the generational conflict that triggered the Russian revolution: the aristocracy of the old and the radicalism of the young, as personified by the protagonist Bazarov.


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    Charles Jacobs
    Written on March 20, 2018
    "Nice to find a Russian novel that doesn't take all winter to read. Fathers and Sons is an enchanting book about the struggles that exist between generations and the gaps that are created by the differing levels of comprehension. An eternal struggle visited with a stirring sincerity. "
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    #8Doctor Zhivago

    Doctor Zhivago
    Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak tells the story of the eponymous Yuri Zhivago, Tonya, Lara, and Pasha. Set against the backdrop of the Russian revolution, the book is rife with commentary on the political struggles of the time.
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    Jack Sanders
    Written on March 15, 2018
    "Doctor Zhivago is a good solution for "best Russian literary works" because it is a popular literary work from a Russian author."
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    #9The Twelve Chairs

    The Twelve Chairs
    The Twelve Chairs is a classic novel by Soviet authors Ilf and Petrov. Set in the Soviet Union in the 1920s, it tells the story of Ostap Bender as he and Kisa Vorobyaninov go on a quest to find a chair with hidden jewels.
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    Betty Pearson
    Written on March 15, 2018
    "A great novel. Very good glimpse into Russia during this time period and their sense of humor."
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    #10Oblomov

    Oblomov

    Ivan Goncharov's novel, Oblomov, focuses on the life of Ilya Ilyich Oblamov, a member of the landed gentry. Set in the early 19th century, this novel tackles the flaws of feudalism and the vast differences between social classes.

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    Austin Fields
    Written on March 13, 2018
    "Goncharov tends to get overlooked when discussing classic Russian literature, but I'm glad Oblomov has stuck around. It is a hefty book (over 400 pages), but isn't as massive as other Russian classics. But the world still comes alive and multiple characters get fully fleshed out. "
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    #11The Master and Margarita

    The Master and Margarita

    The Master and Margarita is a satire about the devil visiting the godless Soviet Union in the 1930s. Mikhail Bulgakov wrote the book during Stalin's regime and can be regarded as a response to political repression.

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    Rodolfo Blanco
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "This book provides and insight into the Soviet Union in the 1930's. It will give you a perspective of the lives of people under Stalin's opression."
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    #12We

    We

    We is a dystopian novel written by Yevgeny Zamyatin which is set in D-503 lives in the One State existing in glass apartments so the State can keep an eye on the citizens. This book is the inspiration for George Orwell's famous 1984.

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    Abel Salas
    Written on April 11, 2018
    ""We" is not one of my personal favorite books but it does put a bug in your ear as far as what the world could possible look like if the government enslaved humanity. But I could not get into this book because it was a tad boring. Honestly it could have been more exciting by spicing up the storyline a bit more. "
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    #13Heart of a Dog

    Heart of a Dog

    Heart of a Dog is a science fiction novel written by Mikhail Bulgakov which is a satire about the Soviet people. This has been completed after Bulgakov's early novel in 1925. It can also be read as a parable of the Russian Revolution. 

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    Martha Hall
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This novel fits the topic pretty well. It's Russian and it's pretty much a classic. It has good reviews on Amazon and could be considered one of "the best" Russian literary works."
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    #14The Death of Ivan Ilych

    The Death of Ivan Ilych
    This novella, written soon after Tolstoi's conversion to Christianity, tells the story of Ivan Ilych, an official of the Court of Justice who after falling in his own home, has no choice but no accept his death, which takes a long time to occur. 




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    Amanda Harper
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "The Death of Ivan Ilych is an interesting novella that tells the story of Ivan Ilych who takes a while to accept his death following an accident in his home. It is definitely a novel story that is definitely different and more interesting than others. I would recommend this if you are looking for the best Russian literary works. "
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    #15The Cherry Orchard

    The Cherry Orchard

    The Cherry Orchard is a tragi-comic play written by Anton Chekhov. The Cherry Orchard was published on February 5, 2004 by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama. It was first published in 1904.

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    Brandon Daniels
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Love it! A play book with a family struggling with debt and trying to save themselves and property. Well written. "
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    #16One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

    One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

    One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich is a classic Russian historical fiction novel written by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. It was first published as Novy Mir in 1962 and translated by H.T. Wells in 1991. 

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    Benjamin Wallace
    Written on May 23, 2018
    "The book is really interesting. Ivan Denisovich is a great character."
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    #17The Idiot

    The Idiot
    The Idiot is a philosophical novel by Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky, first published in 1869. It tells the story of Prince Lec Nikolayevich Myshkin, who returns to Russia after spending years in a sanatorium in Switzerland.
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    Gary Diaz
    Written on April 25, 2018
    ""The idiot" is a great book. The story blew me away and the translation was very good, at least what I mean to say was how well it was to read, so whoever translated it from Russian did a good job making it readable."
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    #18The Adolescent

    The Adolescent
    The Adolescent is a novel by renowned Russian author, Fyodor Dostoevsky. Translated from the original by Richard Pevear, it tells the story of a 19-year-old boy who sets out on a journey to St. Petersburg to meet the father he never knew.
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    Wei Lai
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "I'm a huge reader and I will read anything that sounds interesting. I came across this great Russian book and I really love it. The Adolescent is great. The story is really interesting and keeps you interested so you want to read more. "
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    #19The Shooting Party

    The Shooting Party
    The Shooting Party is the only full-length novel written by Anton Chekhov. The Shooting Party was published on June 24, 2004 by Penguin Classics. This edition was translated by Ronald Wilks.
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    #20Three Years

    Three Years
    Three Years is a short novel written by Anton Chekhov. Three Years was published on February 1, 2004 by Hesperus Press, but it was first published in 1985. This edition contains a foreword by William Fiennes.
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    Douglas Johnston
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Three Years is Anton Chekhov's heartfelt attempt to create a "novel of Moscow life." In it, he paints a poignant portrait of the struggles and frustrations that go hand in hand with human relationships. Away from his native Moscow to care for his ailing sister, Laptev falls instantly in love with Yulia Sergeyevna, the daughter of the local doctor. She in turn feels nothing for him, but convinces herself it would be doing him a gross disservice to refuse his proposal. So begins the unequal marriage between the two, a marriage that will bring a bitter and desperate sorrow to them both. Yet as the years go by, and as they face and overcome tragedy together, they learn to value each other in new ways, and so restore their faith in the redemptive power of time. Most famous for The Cherry Orchard, Uncle Vanya, The Seagull, and Three Sisters, Anton Chekhov is one of Russia’s most highly regarded dramatists and short story writers."
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    #21Netochka Nezvanova

    Netochka Nezvanova

    Netochka Nezvanova is a novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky, first published in 1849. 'Nameless Nobody' in English, Dostoevsky was unable to finish this novel as he was sent to exile in Siberia.

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    Antonio Balderas
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "The best Russian literary works should include Netochka Nezvanova. Netochka Nezvanova is a novel that was first published in 1849. Netochka Nezvanova is rated fairly high, with an average rating of 3.6 stars out of 5 based on 15 customer reviews."
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    #22On the Harmful Effects of Tobacco

    On the Harmful Effects of Tobacco

    On the Harmful Effects of Tobacco is a short story written by Anton Chekhov. On the Harmful Effects of Tobacco was published on 1977 by Harlin Quist, Inc. It was first published on January 1, 1886.

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    Ryan Bennett
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "an illustrated book that with bring your imagination together "
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    #23Bend Sinister

    Bend Sinister

    Bend Sinister is a classical fiction novel by Vladimir Nabokov which follows the story of John Krug, a philosopher who stands up to the Average Man party which seeks to eliminate individualism. It was published in 2015 by Penguin Books Ltd.

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    Sean Hoffman
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "A special story about standing up to another party."
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    #24King, Queen, Knave

    King, Queen, Knave

    King, Queen, Knave is a classical fiction novel by Vladimir Nabokov which follows the story of an Oedipal love-triangle as well as the tragic comedy that the situation presents. It was published in 2010 by Penguin Books.

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    Terry Reyes
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "A good read if one is not homophobic. They will make a comic play about it."
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    #25The Gift

    The Gift

    The Gift is a classical fiction novel by Vladimir Nabokov and his ode to Russian literature. It is the story of Godunov, a poor poet who dreams of writing a book someday. It was originally written in Russian and was published in 2001 by Penguin Books.

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    Amy Douglas
    Written on April 30, 2018
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    #26The Wood Demon

    The Wood Demon

    The Wood Demon is a comedy play written by Anton Chekhov. The Wood Demon was published on July 1, 1993 by Smith & Krau. This edition was translated by Nicholas Saunders and Frank Dwyer.

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    Guadalupe Saldaña
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Ugh this book. I was forced to read it for my AP English class. It wasn't a horrible book, it had its moments. But mostly it was boring. And the translation sucked. Being translated from old Russian to old English, it makes no sense in the 21st century. I did however get some great quotes form this book that I still recite to this day. If you like reading about the old country in Russia then I would recommend reading it as long as you go slow and take your time to comprehend some of the words they use. "
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    #27Transparent Things

    Transparent Things

    Transparent Things is a classical fiction novel by Vladimir which follow Hugh Person and his journey throughout his life, as well as his adventures of love, murder, madness, and imprisonment. It was published in 1989 by Vintage.

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    #28Pnin

    Pnin

    Pnin is a classical fiction novel by Vladimir Nabokov which follows the story of Professor Timofey Pnin, a Russian immigrant who finds himself employed in an American college campus in the 1950s. It was published in 2004 by Everyman's Library.

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    Robert Ortiz
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Pnin is probably one of the most enjoyable and likable books I've read this past year. Vladimir Nabokov puts together a really fun classical fiction novel following Professor Timofey Pnin. It's sort of a fish out of water tale, where Pnin, a Russian immigrant, finds himself working in the US at an college campus. It's set in the '50's and the character of Pnin is so likable and fun that it makes this read really endearing. I whole heartedly enjoyed this read and took my time to finish it. One of the best and most worth while Russian literary works I've come across."
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    #29Laughter in the Dark

    Laughter in the Dark

    Laughter in the Dark is a classical fiction novel by Vladimir Nabokov which follows the story of Albinus, a rich man who fell prey to his own desires, eventually falling to his ruin. It was published in 2006 by New Directions.

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    Jacob Perry
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "The story, by the way, is an adaptation of a well-known folktale called the Pear-Tree Story, which was also used by Chaucer as the basis of The Merchant's Tale."
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    #30Uncle Vanya

    Uncle Vanya

    Uncle Vanya is a dramatic play written by the Russian author Anton Chekhov. Uncle Vanya was published on June 7, 2006 by Dodo Press. It was first published on June 2, 1897.

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    Ann Cruz
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "I didn't know much about this play before I read it. I assumed it was going to be a drama and was pleasantly surprised by just how funny it is. I plan on looking up other versions and interpretations to this classic. "
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    #31The Story of a Nobody

    The Story of a Nobody

    The Story of a Nobody is a short story written by Anton Chekhov and translated by Hugh Aplin. The Story of a Nobody was published on July 1, 2002 by Hesperus Press. It was first published in 1893.

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    Amanda Dunn
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "This is a powerful story but I didn't feel like I could relate to it. It's not poorly written but just felt flimsy and didn't pull me in."
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    #32The Original of Laura

    The Original of Laura
    The Original of Laura is a classical fiction novel by Vladimir Nabokov and his last unfinished work. He had asked his heirs to burn his rough draft, but his son Dmitri allowed it to be published. It was published in 2009 by Knopf Publishing Group.
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    Juan Schultz
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This legendary novel has been the source of much anxiety and contention for Nabokov's fans - and family. The late Vladimir Nabokov requested that this unfinished work be destroyed, but his son, Dmitri, did not oblige, although neither did he allow the work to be published - until now. "The Original of Laura" is about a wonderfully large man called Philip Wild, married to a very promiscuous woman, and whose meditations concern the nature of death. The novel was complete in Nabokov's mind, though he died before he could translate his vision on to paper. It is hard, however, to imagine any scholars, Nabokov enthusiasts or literature lovers being disappointed by even these fragments."
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    #33Invitation to a Beheading

    Invitation to a Beheading

    Invitation to a Beheading is a classical fiction novel by Vladimir Nabokov which follows the story of Cincinnatus C., a man in jail bound to be beheaded for "gnostical turpitude", an imaginary crime. It was published in 1989 by Vintage.

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    Gregory Sanchez
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "This is a really cool book. I really enjoyed reading it. But as you may know there are other Russian classics often listed before this book. Maybe check them out first."
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    #34The House of the Dead

    The House of the Dead

    The House of the Dead is a political novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky, originally published in 1861. Drawing from his experiences in a prison camp in Siberia, the novel tells the story of a man sentenced to ten years of hard labor.

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    Sean Gomez
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "I had ordered this book based solely on the title and it's not really what I was expecting. While it is interesting, detailing a man who was accused of political subversion and sentenced to 10 years in jail, it wasnt really what I was looking for. Apparently they say that this book has influenced modern authors and authors of his time as well, but I dont see the connection. Just not my cup of tea. "

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Best What are the best Russian literary works
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Crime and PunishmentBooks 32 Paid
2Eugene OneginBooks 29 Paid
3Anna KareninaBooks 27 Free
4The Brothers KaramazovBooks 26 Paid
5Stories of Anton ChekhovBooks 23 Paid
6Notes From UndergroundBooks 22 Paid
7Fathers and SonsBooks 20 Paid
8Doctor ZhivagoBooks 19 Paid
9The Twelve ChairsBooks 18 Paid
10OblomovBooks 16 Paid
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