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10 Russian Novels to Read Before You Die

On the occasion of the Nobel Prize in Literature being awarded to Belarusian author Svetlana Alexievich, here’s an annotated list of the cream of Russian literature.

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Dr. Zhivago "What is truly great is without beginning, like the universe. It confronts us as suddenly as it if had always been there or had dropped out of the blue."

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I love Russian literature, I love Russian historical novels, Stachniak's book has not disappointed. Stayed up til 2am each night while camping in a tent in the rain at Airlie Beach with the children's soft breathing as background noise. Best holiday ever.

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Fyodor Dostoyevsky novels. The Brothers Karamazov/Los hermanos Karamazov 1880, Crime and Punishment/Crimen y castigo 1866, The Gambler/El jugador 1867

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Probably my favourite book. So sad that on his deathbed Gogol destroyed the trilogies 2nd part meaning that the book ends mid sentence. Even so this is one of the most magical books in the world. Just because it's 19th Century Russian literature doesn't mean it's hard to read. It isn't. It's a joy.

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Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky If you can get past all the Russian names, it is a very good read.

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