Russian literature comprises some of the most well known authors
in world literature. Mention names like Chekov, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky
or Nabokov and most everyone, even those who are not well read, will
identify them as world renowned authors.
If you are traveling to Russia, studying Russian, or simply want
to gain an insight into this great nation and its people, it is
that you take some time to read a few works of Russian literature.
of Russian LiteraturePaperback: 577 pages
If you are a fan of Russian Literature, then this is a must for
your library. The "Handbook" has nearly one thousand entries,
providing comprehensive coverage of every aspect of Russian literature
during the past ten centuries. Its a one volume encyclopedia containing
entries written by over one hundred scholars and ably edited by Victor
Stories of Anton ChekovPaperback: 496 pages
If you can have only one collection of Chekhov stories, this is
the one to have. The selection covers Chekhov's entire career, and
includes such masterpieces as "Ward No. 6", "The Lady with the
Little Dog", "Gusev", "The House with the Mezzanine", "In
the Ravine", and many others (30 stories total).
KareninaPaperback: 838 pages
Leo Tolstoy weaves a magic web in a tale of the title character
and her scandalous affair with Alexei Vronsky. Some regard Ana Karenina
as the godmother of the modern romance novel, others as the best
novel ever written. Whatever the opinion, it is a remarkable, ageless
story that is more real than fiction. Though a work of Russian literature
from a century and a half ago, its essence still resonates today.
and PunishmentPaperback: 576 pages
Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevsky, is the fascinating
story of an impoverished student plagued by the thought that a single
death could make the world a better place. When the student, Raskolnikov,
puts his philosophical theory to the ultimate test of murder, a tragic
tale of suffering and redemption unfolds. Often regarded as one of
the great works of world literature, it is a must read.
White GuardPaperback: 319 pages
This Mikhail Bulgakov novel, set in Kiev during the Russian
Revolution, tells the story of war's effect on a middle class family.
The Turbin family struggles against the imminent end of their old way
of life while facing a forever altered and uncertain future. The White
Guard, like most great works of literature, exhorts the human spirit
to persevere through trials and suffering. A fascinating work of Russian
literature, particularly if you enjoy history about the Russian Revolution.
CompromisePaperback: 148 pages
An easy but thought provoking read, this book contains short stories
of Sergei Dovlatov's true experiences with journalistic manipulation
in the Soviet Union. This provocative piece of Russian literature will
keep you laughing, and also make you wonder if newspapers are as accurate
as you once believed.