What are the best Russian novels released in English?

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    #1The Life and Extraordinary Adventures of Private Ivan Chonkin

    The Life and Extraordinary Adventures of Private Ivan Chonkin
    The Life and Extraordinary Adventures of Private Ivan Chonkin is a thrilling historical action fiction written by Vladimir Voinovich and translated by Richard Lourie. It was released in March 1995.

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    Ryan Tran
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Adventures are fun"
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    #2Before I Croak

    Before I Croak

    Before I Croak is a futuristic comic hotel written by Anna Babyashkina and translated by Muireann Maguire. It was released in 2013. It won the Debut Prize and Bestseller Prize.


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    Christopher Wagner
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "Subtle humor abounds, in this somewhat touching tale of an aging but determined lady who is focused on creating a lasting legacy. The reader is given a wonderful insight into modern Russian life as this tale weaves it way to a memorable conclusion. "
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    #3White Shanghai

    White Shanghai

    White Shanghai of the Roaring Twenties in China is a historical novel for young adults and adults written by Elvira Baryakina. It was published in December 2012 and it tells a story set in the wild world of 1920s Shanghai.


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    Joshua Lopez
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "This book's exotic title doesn't disappoint. Inside isn't just a boring history novel, but a true journey to the 20s. I was riveted, and not just a little craving Chinese food as I read. However, not sure why this was in the Russian section."
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    #4The Game of VORs

    The Game of VORs
    The Game of VORs is a thrilling steampunk novel written by Russian author Andrew Orange and translated into English by the author himself. It was released in June 2017. It is about a son of a rich man trying to live as a working man.

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    Jesse Franklin
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "The Game of VORs by Andrew Orange is actually a reimaging of the original book The Vor Game by Lois McMaster Bujold. You would think the title would have been disguised a bit better to conceal the original source of this book. Another thing I didn't like about this book is it seemed like some of the conversations and text in this book were poorly executed or lost in translation because they were hard to follow."
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    #5Pushkin Hills

    Pushkin Hills
    Pushkin Hills is a dramatic inspirational heart-warming novel for adults written by Sergei Dovlatov. It was released on March 17, 2015. It is about a struggling writer trying to regain control of his life.

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    Julie Wells
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "Excellent read. Finished in a few days. I have been interested in Russia since I was a kid and as such this was a good insight into what the Soviet Union was like near the end. Of course there are also remarkable insights into the human condition in general. I would say this was sort of like reading a Bukowski lite or something. The phrasing, the turn of words, the puns, all enjoyable. I smiled out loud several times while reading this book."
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    #6Moscow to the End of the Line

    Moscow to the End of the Line
    Moscow to the End of the Line is a comedic and critic book written by Venedikt Erofeev. It was released in July 1992 and was translated by H. William Tjalsma. It is regarded as an icon of social commentary in Russia.

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    William Ward
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "The book is very beautiful and interesting.We can't control during reading this book"
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    #7Moscow 2042

    Moscow 2042
    Moscow 2042 is a science fiction book written by Vladimir Voinovich which is set in 1982, wherein Vitaly Kartsev discovers from a friend the Lufthansa Airlines offers flights back and forth through time.

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    Gary Weaver
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "An interesting book to say the least. I thought this book was rather entertaining because it pokes fun at nuances socialism in Russia. The humor is rather dry. The plot line is pretty interesting because it has to do with an airline that offers travel to different time periods. I myself am big fan of time-travel books and this one was definitely one of the more interesting reads I've had this year."
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    #8Metro 2033 Redux

    Metro 2033 Redux

    Metro 2033 Redux game is based on the popular Russian science fiction novels, the game is a first-person shooter that mixes action with survival horror. It is set in an apocalyptic future where the survivors of a global nuclear holocaust live hiding in the Moscow Metro. 


    Windows, Mac, Xbox One, PlayStation 4


    Raymond Reyes
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "If you like russian novels and you haven't read this I highly suggest it. This is a great novel and was also adapted into a great game. "
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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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    Patrick Grant
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "The Twelve Chairs is one of the few Russian novels I've ever read. Honestly, the book is very poorly written and the story gets boring after the first couple pages."
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    #10The Dream Life of Sukhanov

    The Dream Life of Sukhanov

    The Dream Life of Sukhanov is a dramatic inspirational novel written by Russian author Olga Grushin. It was published in 2007 and became a Los Angeles Times  Book Prize finalist. It's about a man and his midlife crisis.


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    Catherine Day
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "From time to time, I visit books that were translated to English from another language. I found The Dream Life of Sukhanov which was translated from Russian to English. It was an amazing read and one of my favorite novels."
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    #11The 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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    Debra Porter
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Incredible example of good literature in translation; I had to read this for a class concerning world literature and I found it a pretty sexy counterpoint to Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy. It felt a lot easier to empathize with the characters and the more modern Russian seems to have come through perfectly."
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    #12War's Unwomanly Face

    War's Unwomanly Face

    War's Unwomanly Face is a non-fiction book written by Svetlana Alexievich which includes accounts from more than 200 women who participated along with men in the Second World War. 


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    Brandon Meyer
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "War's Unwomanly Face touches on a topic that is unknown to most people and it touches on a topic that is near dear to my heart. It goes into detail about what the women thet serves in WWII has to go through to fight for their country and how they prevailed. Their struggles were very real and I found the book to be quite touching. "


Best What are the best Russian novels released in English
1The Life and Extraordinary Adventures of Private Ivan ChonkinBooks 38 Paid
2Before I CroakBooks 34 Paid
3White ShanghaiBooks 31 Paid
4The Game of VORsBooks 30 Paid
5Pushkin HillsBooks 28 Paid
6Moscow to the End of the LineBooks 26 Paid
7Moscow 2042Books 23 Paid
8Metro 2033 ReduxGames 20 Paid
9The Twelve ChairsBooks 19 Paid
10The Dream Life of SukhanovBooks 14 Paid

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