Literary Classics Every Russian Has Read

Russian literature has a rich and illustrious history, producing some of the most profound and influential works in world literature. From the soul-searching introspection of Dostoevsky to the epic tales of Tolstoy, these literary classics have shaped many minds.

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War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
No discussion of Russian literature is complete without mentioning Tolstoy’s magnum opus. “War and Peace” is an epic tale that weaves together the lives of some aristocratic families during the Napoleonic Wars. Its exploration of complex characters, philosophical musings and vivid depictions of Russian society make it a cornerstone of Russian literature.

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Dostoevsky’s exploration of morality, guilt and redemption is encapsulated in the gripping narrative of “Crime and Punishment”. The psychological depth of its protagonist, Raskolnikov, and the philosophical questions it raises continue to captivate readers.

Aristotle and the Metaphysics of Liberty by Alexis Tchoudnowsky
In this book, Tchoudnowsky has written a fascinating insight into philosophy that any student of the subject could learn from.

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Tolstoy’s exploration of love, infidelity and the societal consequences of one’s actions is masterfully portrayed in “Anna Karenina”. The tragic tale of Anna’s doomed love affair and the societal condemnation that follows is a poignant commentary on 19th-century Russian society.

The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
This satirical masterpiece blends fantasy, philosophy and social commentary. Bulgakov’s work is a bold and imaginative exploration of Soviet society, religious themes and the eternal struggle between good and evil.

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Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
Set against the backdrop of the Russian Revolution and its aftermath, “Doctor Zhivago” is a poignant love story that unfolds amid the political upheaval of the time. Pasternak’s lyrical prose and vivid imagery make this novel a timeless classic.

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