Must Read Russian Books

Welcome to best Russian books page. This is one of my favorite subjects. I love books and I love to read, period! This is absolutely inexpressible feeling when you open first page and start reading… Page by page book takes you for a journey to some different word. I read a lot. Every time I have new book in my hands, I look forward to take this adventure named reading.

On this page I want to talk about my favorite Russian books, actually more correct to say my favorite Russian writers and their books. The books I really recommend you to read, if you interested in Russian culture or you are just like me – a books lover. Enjoy, my reader, Russian literature has a lot to offer:

Mikhail Bulgakov (he is defiantly my favorite)
The Master and Margarita, The Heart of a Dog, Flight (I recommend movie Flight and The Heart of a Dog as well), The White Guard, A Country Doctor's Notebook, The Fatal Egg and Black Snow.

Everyone knows Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace and Anna Karenina. Read the book Hadji Murad by Leo Tolstoy.

Nikolai Gogol
The Collected Tales (love it!), Dead Souls, The Nose, The Overcoat, The Government Inspector.

Mikhail Lermontov - A Hero for Our Time (great book)

Alexander Pushkin - let me put this way: read everything he wrote, you won’t regret. He was a genius indeed!

The Twelve Chairs by Evgeni I Petrov and Iliya Il'f (this book is a gem that you will not want to put down!!!)

Living and the Dead by Konstantine Simonov

How the Steel Was Tempered by Nikolai Ostrovsky (I read this book when I was a teenager, was very impressed)

Anatolii Rybakov - two great books: Children of the Arbat and The Bronze Bird.

Another Life and The House on the Embankment by Yuri Trifonov

Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak

The Russian Forest by Leonid Leonov

And Quiet Flows the Don by Mikhail Sholokhov

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich and Cancer Ward by Alexander Solzhenitsyn

The Zone: Prsn Cmp Grd by Moscow to the End of the Line by Venedikt Erofeev

Everybody knows Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky, well he wrote another great book - The Idiot.

Talking about Idiots:)... Life with an Idiot by Victor Erofeyev is a really good book

Stories from a Siberian Village by Vasilii Shukshin

Envy by Yuri Olesha


Anton Chekhov - just read everything he wrote: The Sea-Gull, The Cherry Orchard, The Three Sisters, Uncle Vanya, The Lady with the Dog and others; they all great!

Plays by Alexander Ostrovsky: a Protege of the Mistress, Poverty is No Crime, Sin and Sorrow are Common to All, It's a Family Affair - We'll settle it Ourselves

The Elagin Affair: And Other Stories by Ivan Bunin

Sonechka: A Novella and Stories by Ludmila Ulitskaya

Selected Tales: Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District; The Enchanted Wanderer; The Left-Handed Craftsman; The Sentry; The White Eagle by Nikolai Leskov

Alexander Griboyedov - Woe from Wit (great play!)

If you are interesting about the modern authors, I would really recommend Boris Akunin's work and Twilight by Dmitry Glukhovsky (spent night reading this book, couldn't stop. By the way, this book has nothing to do with American vampire's show Twilight). The Dmitry Glukhovsky also wrote Metro 2033. Not bad, but I like Twilight better.

I think that enough for now. See you soon,

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