Top 10 Best Books to Read in Russian Poetry - August 2021

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Russian Poetry. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. Rilke's Book of Hours: Love Poems to God

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Russian Poetry - August 2021

A FINALIST FOR THE PEN/WEST TRANSLATION AWARD The 100th Anniversary Edition of a global classic, containing beautiful translations along with the original German text. While visiting Russia in his twenties, Rainer Maria Rilke, one of the twentieth century's greatest poets, was moved by a spirituality he encountered there. Inspired, Rilke returned to Germany and put down on paper what he felt were spontaneously received prayers. Rilke's Book of Hours is the invigorating vision of spiritual practice for the secular world, and a work that seems remarkably prescient today, one hundred years after it was written. Rilke's Book of Hours shares with the reader a new kind of intimacy with God, or the divine—a reciprocal relationship between the divine and the ordinary in which God needs us as much as we need God. Rilke influenced generations of writers with his Letters to a Young Poet, and now Rilke's Book of Hours tells us that our role in the world is to love it and thereby love God into being. These fresh translations rendered by Joanna Macy, a mystic and spiritual teacher, and Anita Barrows, a skilled poet, capture Rilke's spirit as no one has done before.

  • Author: Anita Barrows
  • Publisher: Riverhead Books; 100th Anniversary ed. edition (November 1, 2005)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Poetry
  • ISBN: 978-1594481567
  • Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.76 x 7.92 inches


2. Fyodor Dostoyevsky: The Complete Novels

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Russian Poetry - August 2021

This book contains the complete novels of Fyodor Dostoyevsky in the chronological order of their original publication. - Poor Folk - The Double - Netochka Nezvanova - The Village of Stepanchikovo - Uncle's Dream - The Insulted and the Injured - The House of the Dead - Notes from Underground - Crime and Punishment - The Gambler - The Idiot - The Eternal Husband - Demons - The Adolescent - The Brothers Karamazov

  • Author: Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Publisher: KTHTK (July 23, 2021)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism


3. Deaf Republic: Poems

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Russian Poetry - August 2021

Finalist for the National Book Award • Finalist for the PEN/Jean Stein Award • Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award • Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize • Winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award • Winner of the National Jewish Book Award • Finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award • Finalist for the T. S. Eliot Prize • Finalist for the Forward Prize for Best Collection Ilya Kaminsky’s astonishing parable in poems asks us, What is silence? Deaf Republic opens in an occupied country in a time of political unrest. When soldiers breaking up a protest kill a deaf boy, Petya, the gunshot becomes the last thing the citizens hear―they all have gone deaf, and their dissent becomes coordinated by sign language. The story follows the private lives of townspeople encircled by public violence: a newly married couple, Alfonso and Sonya, expecting a child; the brash Momma Galya, instigating the insurgency from her puppet theater; and Galya’s girls, heroically teaching signing by day and by night luring soldiers one by one to their deaths behind the curtain. At once a love story, an elegy, and an urgent plea, Ilya Kaminsky’s long-awaited Deaf Republic confronts our time’s vicious atrocities and our collective silence in the face of them.

  • Author: Ilya Kaminsky
  • Publisher: Graywolf Press (March 5, 2019)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Poetry
  • ISBN: 978-1555978310
  • Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.28 x 9.05 inches


4. Music for the Dead and Resurrected: Poems

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Russian Poetry - August 2021

WINNER OF THE INTERNATIONAL GRIFFIN PRIZE NAMED ONE OF THE BEST POETRY BOOKS OF 2020 BY The New York Times In her book of letters to the dead, the prize-winning poet Valzhyna Mort relearns how to mourn those erased by violent history. With shocking, unforgettable lyric force, Valzhyna Mort’s Music for the Dead and Resurrected confronts the legacy of violent death in one family in Belarus. In these letters to the dead, the poet asks: How do we mourn after a century of propaganda? Can private stories challenge the collective power of Soviet and American historical mythology? Mort traces a route of devastation from the Chernobyl fallout and a school system controlled by ideology to the Soviet labor camps and the massacres of World War II. While musical form serves as a safe house for the poet’s voice, old trees speak to her as the only remaining witnesses, hosts to both radiation and memory. Valzhyna Mort, born in Belarus and now living in the United States, conjures a searing, hallucinogenic ritual of rhythmic remembrance in a world where appeals to virtue and justice have irrevocably failed.

  • Author: Valzhyna Mort
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 3, 2020)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Poetry
  • ISBN: 978-0374252069
  • Dimensions: 5.81 x 0.61 x 8.51 inches


5. Leo Tolstoy: The Complete Novels and Novellas (The Greatest Writers of All Time Book 12)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Russian Poetry - August 2021

This book, newly updated, contains now several HTML tables of contents that will make reading a real pleasure! The first table of contents (at the very beginning of the ebook) lists the titles of all novels included in this volume. By clicking on one of those titles you will be redirected to the beginning of that work, where you'll find a new TOC that lists all the chapters and sub-chapters of that specific work. Here you will find the complete novels and novellas of Leo Tolstoy in the chronological order of their original publication. - Childhood - Boyhood - Youth - Family Happiness - The Cossacks - War and Peace - Anna Karenina - The Death of Ivan Ilyich - The Kreutzer Sonata - Resurrection - The Forged Coupon - Hadji Murad

  • Author: Leo Tolstoy
  • Publisher: Book House Publishing (March 18, 2020)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Poetry


6. Eugene Onegin: A Novel in Verse (Oxford World's Classics)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Russian Poetry - August 2021

Eugene Onegin is the master work of the poet whom Russians regard as the fountainhead of their literature. Set in 1820s Russia, Pushkin's verse novel follows the fates of three men and three women. Engaging, full of suspense, and varied in tone, it also portrays a large cast of other characters and offers the reader many literary, philosophical, and autobiographical digressions, often in a highly satirical vein. Eugene Onegin was Pushkin's own favorite work, and this new translation conveys the literal sense and the poetic music of the original. About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

  • Author: Alexander Pushkin
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; Reissue edition (March 25, 2009)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Poetry
  • ISBN: 978-0199538645
  • Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.7 x 5 inches


7. Poems of the Sea (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets Series)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Russian Poetry - August 2021

Throughout history, poets have felt the ancient pull of the sea, exploring the full range of mankind’s nautical fears, dreams, and longings. The colorful legends of the sea–pirates and mermaids, phantom ships and the sunken city of Atlantis–have inspired as many imaginations as have the realities of lighthouses and shipwrecks, of icebergs and frothing foam and seaweed. This marvelous collection includes classics old and new, from Homer and Milton to Plath and Merwin. Here are Tennyson’s seductive sea-fairies next to Poe’s beloved Annabel Lee. Here is Coleridge’s darkly brooding “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” alongside the grandeur of Shakespeare’s “Full Fathom Five.” And here is Masefield’s “I must go down to the seas again” alongside Cavafy’s “Ithaka” and Stevens’s “The Idea of Order at Key West.” In the wide variety of lyrics collected here–sonnets and sea chanteys, ballads and hymns and prayers–we feel the encompassing power of our planet’s restless waters as metaphor, mystery, and muse.

  • Author: J. D. McClatchy
  • Publisher: Everyman's Library; Eighth Printing edition (October 30, 2001)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Poetry
  • ISBN: 978-0375413292
  • Dimensions: 4.42 x 0.71 x 6.49 inches


8. Black Earth: Selected Poems and Prose

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Russian Poetry - August 2021

Russia’s foremost modernist master in a major new translation Osip Mandelstam has become an almost mythical figure of modern Russian poetry, his work treasured all over the world for its lyrical beauty and innovative, revolutionary engagement with the dark times of the Stalinist era. While he was exiled in the city of Voronezh, the black earth region of Russia, his work, as Joseph Brodsky wrote, developed into “a poetry of high velocity and exposed nerves, becoming more a song than ever before, not a bardlike but a birdlike song … something like a goldfinch tremolo.”       Peter France―who has been brilliantly translating Mandelstam’s work for decades―draws heavily from Mandelstam’s later poetry written in Voronezh, while also including poems across the whole arc of the poet’s tragically short life, from his early, symbolist work to the haunting elegies of old Petersburg to his defiant “Stalin poem.” A selection of Mandelstam’s prose irradiates the poetry with warmth and insight as he thinks back on his Petersburg childhood and contemplates his Jewish heritage, the sunlit qualities of Hellenism, Dante’s Tuscany, and the centrality of poetry in society.

  • Author: Osip Mandelstam
  • Publisher: New Directions (July 6, 2021)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism
  • ISBN: 978-0811230971
  • Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.5 x 8 inches


9. The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Russian Poetry - August 2021

One of the most original American writers, Edgar Allan Poe shaped the development of both the detectvie story and the science-fiction story. Some of his poems—"The Raven," "The Bells," "Annabel Lee"—remain among the most popular in American literature. Poe's tales of the macabre still thrill readers of all ages. Here are familiar favorites like "The Purloined Letter," "The Fall of the House of Usher," and "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," together with less-known masterpieces like "The Imp of the Perverse," "The Narrative of A. Gordon Pym," and "Ligeia," which is now recognized as one of the first science-fiction stories, a total of seventy-three tales in all, plus fifty-three poems and a generous sampling of Poe's essays, criticism and journalistic writings.

  • Author: Edgar Allan Poe
  • Publisher: Vintage (September 12, 1975)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Poetry
  • ISBN: 978-0394716787
  • Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.8 x 7.98 inches


10. The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge (Penguin Classics)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Russian Poetry - August 2021

A masterly new translation of one of the first great modernist novels In the only novel by one of the German language's greatest poets, a young man named Malte Laurids Brigge lives in a cheap room in Paris while his belongings rot in storage. Every person he sees seems to carry their death with them, and with little but a library card to distinguish him from the city's untouchables, he thinks of the deaths, and ghosts, of his aristocratic family, of which he is the sole living descendant. Suffused with passages of lyrical brilliance, Rilke's semi-autobiographical novel is a moving and powerful coming-of-age story. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

  • Author: Rainer Maria Rilke
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; Critical ed. edition (August 25, 2009)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Poetry
  • ISBN: 978-0141182216
  • Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.4 x 7.78 inches