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374 books · 1,466 voters · list created June 26th, 2008 by Heather (votes) .
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message 1: by ☯Bettie☯ (last edited Mar 06, 2009 07:28AM) (new)

☯Bettie☯ Here lies a difficult task, just how can one grade these one above another. I give the one's I have selected all joint first and would wish to re-read them all.


message 2: by Deirdre (new)

Deirdre Oops! I clicked a wrong work by mistake, Timon of Athens. I deleted it from my votes but it's still showing on the main list with zero votes. Is there any way of removing it entirely? Help!


message 3: by ☯Bettie☯ (new)

☯Bettie☯ It will drop to the bottom, if not entirely, within time - no worries.

:O)



message 4: by Brianna (last edited Aug 25, 2009 02:28PM) (new)

Brianna Best list(opia) ever. Everything I haven't already read (or re-read) is going on my library list.


message 5: by Pavel (new)

Pavel We need some votes for great russian poets of XX century, they are too underrated


message 6: by David (new)

David Lolita isn't really Russian if it was first written in English...right?

I guess it qualifies because Nabokov was Russian, but I'm still hesitant to call it "Russian".


message 7: by Pavel (last edited Oct 12, 2009 02:06PM) (new)

Pavel David wrote: "Lolita isn't really Russian if it was first written in English...right?

I guess it qualifies because Nabokov was Russian, but I'm still hesitant to call it "Russian"."


You're right at large, David - originally it was written in English, BUT "Lolita" can be treated as "Russian" not because Nabokov was Russian, but because he, Nabokov "translated" himself the novel into Russian. In the case when a writer "transalates" his own book into his own native language it's safe to say the book was written twice in 2 languages. We read this "translation" here.(by the way "Lolita" was THE ONLY English novel of him which he "translated" into Russian himself. It shall be clear that he couldn't have any hope whatsoever at his time that this book will ever be published in his homeland)



message 8: by Kasia (new)

Kasia Interesting...


message 9: by [deleted user] (new)

Excellent list and am proud to have read many of these brilliant works.


message 10: by Mystee (new)

Mystee This list has inspired me to work my way through this list of top Russian Lit...I'll be tracking my progress on my book blog. Looks like War and Peace is my first one to tackle :) Thanks for an awesome list


message 11: by Frances Marley (new)

Frances Marley SUPERLATIVE


message 12: by Capsguy (new)

Capsguy There are only so many left for me to read unfortunately :(


message 13: by umar (new)

umar sereni you can rate a book on its influence on society and people.
this is how to rate books.
it always comes down to being scientific, some people enjoy this and some enjoy that you can never come to a conclusion but by setting a scale as i have mentioned above one can achieve some result as to whcih book is the best book.


message 14: by Lisa (new)

Lisa I think War and Peace is in twice, once near the top of page 1 and then again on page 2. Different editions?


message 15: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Lolita is in the list twice too.


message 16: by Jenny (new)

Jenny  Patrice This is a great list. I'm really inspired to work my way through these great works.


message 17: by Rahul Nath (new)

Rahul Nath Crime and Punishment wins!! Crime and Punishment wins!! Raskolnikov is the most compelling character I have ever had the pleasure of reading.


message 18: by Alan (new)

Alan Lisa wrote: "Lolita is in the list twice too."

Chekhov short stories, more than twice--of course, only a small number (of a shelfload) of his short stories are translated.


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message 20: by Nermin (new)

Nermin Some of the authors in this aren't really Russian. I guess they are in this list because they wrote their books in Russian?


message 21: by Saad (new)

Saad Bsata Simply:
Amazing !


message 22: by Dmitriy (new)

Dmitriy Pnin is one of the best books, no doubt, but by no means Russian (it is written in English). Please remove it from the list.


message 23: by Innokis (new)

Innokis PAn Tadeusz - Polish one


message 24: by [deleted user] (new)

Lisa wrote: "I think War and Peace is in twice, once near the top of page 1 and then again on page 2. Different editions?"

Different translations


message 25: by Manray9 (last edited May 20, 2014 03:33PM) (new)

Manray9 I am an admirer of Victor Serge, but his books on this list were written in French. In my opinion Russian literature must be written in Russian.


message 26: by Alan (new)

Alan I would agree, if one-fifth of War and Peace were not in French!


message 27: by Jason (new)

Jason Alan wrote: "I would agree, if one-fifth of War and Peace were not in French!"

Good point, currently reading war and peace and think it is quite strange there is so much talking in French seeing as they are at war with France.


message 28: by Jason (new)

Jason This is a great list. Gonna enjoy working through these.


message 29: by Alan (new)

Alan Jason wrote: "Alan wrote: "I would agree, if one-fifth of War and Peace were not in French!"

Good point, currently reading war and peace and think it is quite strange there is so much talking in French seeing a..."

Well, I once wrote a piece for the NYT Book Review (tho' not printed, the editor complimented--they'd published my guest Safire, linked on my website, www.habitableworlds.com --lower L): I compared Russia's independence from France--the lang of their aristocracy--with the US independence from England, the language of ours! I argued that 19C Russian and American novels have more in common--vast country, religious wanderers, individuality--than American and English (always about social position and class). You must recall that Russia depended on France for so much--their ballet (Bolshoi still tops), their language of aristocrats and government service, etc. But their lit was largely independent of France. Pushkin, closer to Byron than the Fr masters.


message 30: by Jason (new)

Jason From what I have read so far it does seem to be a class thing, something I never knew, I'm new to Russian lit. Only on my second book.


message 31: by Karim (new)

Karim Ziani great russian literature audiobooks pdf and epub format see more here:http://classicalnovels.blogspot.com/


message 32: by Pooyan (new)

Pooyan wtf?! What Paulo Coelho and Jusstin Gaarder's books doing in here?!


message 33: by Jason (new)

Jason Haha, duel citizenship?


message 34: by Paul (new)

Paul Bowes Checked for duplicates: 3 books removed.


message 35: by Paul (new)

Paul Bowes Removed: #96 Absurdistan - author American, book written in English: #208 The Fixer - author American, book written in English; #251 The Freedom of Choice - author Polish/Australian, book written in English; and four novels (#242, #251, #259, #263) by Martin Cruz Smith - author American, books written in English.


message 36: by Paul (new)

Paul Bowes Removed four undetected duplicates.


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