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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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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! ;-)

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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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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

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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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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!

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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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"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."

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