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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.

from The Daily Beast

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

Fiódor Dostoievski | "Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky; 11 Nov 1821 – 9 Feb 1881) Russian novelist, short story writer, essayist, journalist and philosopher. Literary works explore human psychology in the troubled political, social, and spiritual atmosphere of 19th-century Russia. Many of his works contain a strong emphasis on Christianity, and its message of absolute love, forgiveness and charity, explored within the realm of the individual, confronted with all of life's hardships and…

Boris Pasternak -- a Russian author of Doctor Zhivago, won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1958 which humiliated and enraged the Communist Party of The Soviet Union and pressured Pasternak to decline the prize.