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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.


Maxim Gorky was a Russian writer who wrote about the lower depths of society. He was a critic of both Lenin and Stalin and died under mysterious circumstances


Boris Pasternak (writer) - Died, 30th May, 1960. Born, 10th February, 1890. Wrote poetry, Dr. Zhivago (which was smuggled out of the Soviet Union and published in Italy), translated Shakespeare into Russian and won a Nobel Prize for Literature (..which the Soviet Regime did NOT allow him to accept).


Anton Chekhov--Russian physician and dramatist: “Medicine is my lawful wife”, he once said, “and literature is my mistress.”

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Animal Farm - English born writer Eric Blair better known as George Orwell takes the atrocities and hypocricies of the 20th Century surrounding the Russian Revolution and transforms Trotsky, Lenin and their followers into farm animals and proves to everyone that all aninals are created equal but some are created more equal!


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


Chekhov with Leo Tolstoy at Yalta, 1900


"Fiction-writing in Russia has always been serious business. In a society without freedom, the great writers were the truth-tellers, the voice of the voiceless, and the conscience of a nation—“a second government,” as Alexander Solzhenitsyn once put it. Each of the ten works of fiction below is an acknowledged classic of Russian literature."


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."


We're reading Anna Karenina, at the moment. Really enjoying it, so far. Hope the new film adaptation gets people reading it, rather than putting them off forever! ;-)