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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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Russian poet Alexander Pushkin is considered by many to the the greatest Russian poet and the founder of modern Russian literature. Pushkin's great-grandfather, was Abram Petrovich Gannibal (1696–1781), a Black African page raised by Peter the Great.

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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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50 of the Greatest Characters in Literature

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Alexandr Solzhenitsyn | Nobel Prize 1970: For the ethical force with which he has pursued the indispensable traditions of Russian literature | "If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?" - The Gulag Archipelago

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How well do you know Russian literature?

Read this so long ago. It's best digested with some knowledge of pre-Soviet Russian culture and history.

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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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