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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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from The Christian Science Monitor

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

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"Fiction-writing in Russia has always been serious business. In a society without freedom, the great writers were the truth-tellers, the voice of the voiceless, and the conscience of a nation—“a second government,” as Alexander Solzhenitsyn once put it. Each of the ten works of fiction below is an acknowledged classic of Russian literature."

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from examiner.com

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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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Like the house of literature it belongs to, the story revolves around a alarmingly large number of characters, connecting threads of each to the enigmatic Anna Karenina

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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

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Fyodor Dostoyevsky novels. The Brothers Karamazov/Los hermanos Karamazov 1880, Crime and Punishment/Crimen y castigo 1866, The Gambler/El jugador 1867

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