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

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

1. Crime and Punishment (Vintage Classics)

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

Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read With the same suppleness, energy, and range of voices that won their translation of The Brothers Karamazov the PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Prize, Pevear and Volokhonsky offer a brilliant translation of Dostoevsky's classic novel that presents a clear insight into this astounding psychological thriller. "The best (translation) currently available"--Washington Post Book World.

  • Author: Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (March 2, 1993)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism
  • ISBN: 978-0679734505
  • Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.2 x 8 inches


2. The Gulag Archipelago Volume 1: An Experiment in Literary Investigation

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

“BEST NONFICTION BOOK OF THE 20 TH CENTURY” — Time Volume 1 of the gripping epic masterpiece, Solzhenitsyn's chilling report of his arrest and interrogation, which exposed to the world the vast bureaucracy of secret police that haunted Soviet society. Features a new foreword by Anne Applebaum. “The greatest and most powerful single indictment of a political regime ever leveled in modern times.” —George F. Kennan “It is impossible to name a book that had a greater effect on the political and moral consciousness of the late twentieth century.” —David Remnick, The New Yorker “Solzhenitsyn’s masterpiece. ...  The Gulag Archipelago  helped create the world we live in today.” —Anne Applebaum, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of  Gulag: A History , from the foreword

  • Author: Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial Modern Classics; Reissue edition (August 7, 2007)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism
  • Dimensions: 5.31 x 1.12 x 8 inches


3. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

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

The first published novel from the controversial Nobel Prize winning Russian author of The Gulag Archipelago . In the madness of World War II, a dutiful Russian soldier is wrongfully convicted of treason and sentenced to ten years in a Siberian labor camp. So begins this masterpiece of modern Russian fiction, a harrowing account of a man who has conceded to all things evil with dignity and strength.   First published in 1962, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich is considered one of the most significant works ever to emerge from Soviet Russia. Illuminating a dark chapter in Russian history, it is at once a graphic picture of work camp life and a moving tribute to man’s will to prevail over relentless dehumanization. Includes an Introduction by Yevgeny Yevtushenko and an Afterword by Eric Bogosian

  • Author: Alexander Solzhenitsyn
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (August 4, 2009)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction
  • ISBN: 978-0451228147
  • Dimensions: 5.28 x 0.52 x 7.96 inches


4. In Memory of Memory

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

An exploration of life at the margins of history from one of Russia’s most exciting contemporary writers With the death of her aunt, the narrator is left to sift through an apartment full of faded photographs, old postcards, letters, diaries, and heaps of souvenirs: a withered repository of a century of life in Russia. Carefully reassembled with calm, steady hands, these shards tell the story of how a seemingly ordinary Jewish family somehow managed to survive the myriad persecutions and repressions of the last century. In dialogue with writers like Roland Barthes, W. G. Sebald, Susan Sontag, and Osip Mandelstam, In Memory of Memory is imbued with rare intellectual curiosity and a wonderfully soft-spoken, poetic voice. Dipping into various forms—essay, fiction, memoir, travelogue, and historical documents—Stepanova assembles a vast panorama of ideas and personalities and offers an entirely new and bold exploration of cultural and personal memory.

  • Author: Maria Stepanova
  • Publisher: New Directions; Translation edition (February 9, 2021)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction


5. Anna Karenina

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

The must-have Pevear and Volokhonsky translation of one of the greatest Russian novels ever written Described by William Faulkner as the best novel ever written and by Fyodor Dostoevsky as “flawless,” Anna Karenina tells of the doomed love affair between the sensuous and rebellious Anna and the dashing officer, Count Vronsky. Tragedy unfolds as Anna rejects her passionless marriage and thereby exposes herself to the hypocrisies of society. Set against a vast and richly textured canvas of nineteenth-century Russia, the novel's seven major characters create a dynamic imbalance, playing out the contrasts of city and country life and all the variations on love and family happiness. While previous versions have softened the robust and sometimes shocking qualities of Tolstoy's writing, Pevear and Volokhonsky have produced a translation true to his powerful voice. This authoritative edition, which received the PEN Translation Prize and was an Oprah Book Club™ selection, also includes an illuminating introduction and explanatory notes. Beautiful, vigorous, and eminently readable, this Anna Karenina will be the definitive text for fans of the film and generations to come. This Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition also features French flaps and deckle-edged paper. 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: Leo Tolstoy
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (May 1, 2004)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, World Literature
  • ISBN: 978-0143035008
  • Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.7 x 2 inches


6. Healing HER: Poetry that nourishes the soul through feminine energy

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

Over 15,000 paperback copies sold worldwide. "Prepare yourself for wonderful words of support and encouragement. What a treasure this book is to be read again and again." Feminine energy has been used for centuries to heal the soul. It is a conduit for self-love to return back into your life and heal you through intuitive alignment. This book is a collection of intention-based poetry and prose that will align you with your own self-healing superpowers. By intuitively resonating with the nurturing qualities of the feminine psyche, you will be able to recalibrate your mind, body and soul back into a nourishing state of wholeness, from which even the deepest wounds can be healed. This book was created as a conduit for your own journey back to self-love - and allows you to hold space for the darkness, those peaty, blackened soils that provide the most richness for personal growth. Through this book, you will engage in the emotions that do not only bear witness your pain - but show you a way through them, and to the other side. This collection will nurture, allow & gently restore your intuitive healing abilities through the emotions that connect with subtle, yet infallible, feminine energy. AWARDS: For Women Who Roar, Best New Poet Award, 2019-2020, in the category of Self-Healing. REVIEWS: "Sez articulates the words of our feminine soul by creating poetic pieces that nourish, align and leave you feeling deeply inspired by all shades of life. This is the work of an emotional alchemist and has the power to truly change your life." Conscious Living Magazine, DK ★★★★★ My favourite podcast guest yet! Deep, raw & profound." Tayo Rockson, As told by Nomads.

  • Author: Sez Kristiansen
  • Publisher: Independently published (May 15, 2019)
  • Genre: Travel, Europe
  • ISBN: 978-1093273878
  • Dimensions: 5 x 0.22 x 8 inches


7. Life and Fate (New York Review Books Classics)

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

A book judged so dangerous in the Soviet Union that not only the manuscript but the ribbons on which it had been typed were confiscated by the state, Life and Fate is an epic tale of World War II and a profound reckoning with the dark forces that dominated the twentieth century. Interweaving a transfixing account of the battle of Stalingrad with the story of a single middle-class family, the Shaposhnikovs, scattered by fortune from Germany to Siberia, Vasily Grossman fashions an immense, intricately detailed tapestry depicting a time of almost unimaginable horror and even stranger hope. Life and Fate juxtaposes bedrooms and snipers’ nests, scientific laboratories and the Gulag, taking us deep into the hearts and minds of characters ranging from a boy on his way to the gas chambers to Hitler and Stalin themselves. This novel of unsparing realism and visionary moral intensity is one of the supreme achievements of modern Russian literature.

  • Author: Vasily Grossman
  • Publisher: NYRB Classics; Later Printing edition (May 16, 2006)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction
  • ISBN: 978-1590172018
  • Dimensions: 5.2 x 2 x 8 inches


8. War and Peace

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

Hailed as one of the greatest novels of all time and a classic of world literature, War and Peace unfolds in the early nineteenth century during the turbulent years of the Napoleonic invasion of Russia. Tolstoy's epic ranges from stirring depictions of historical events to intimate portraits of family life, moving between public spectacles and private lives to offer a tale of both panoramic scope and closely observed detail. From the breathless excitement of 16-year-old Natasha Rostov's first ball, to Prince Andrei Bolkonsky's epiphany on the battlefield at Austerlitz, the novel abounds in memorable incidents, particularly those involving Pierre Bezukhov. A seeker after moral and spiritual truths, Pierre and his search for life's deeper meaning stand at the heart of this monumental book. A tale of strivers in a world fraught with conflict, social and political change, and spiritual confusion, Tolstoy's magnificent work continues to entertain, enlighten, and inspire readers around the world.

  • Author: Leo Tolstoy
  • Publisher: ClassicBooks (July 23, 2021)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Dramas & Plays


9. 100 Books You Must Read Before You Die [volume 1]

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

This 1st volume of contains the following 50 works, arranged alphabetically by authors’ last names: Alcott, Louisa May: Little Women Austen, Jane: Pride and Prejudice Austen, Jane: Emma Balzac, Honoré de: Father Goriot Barbusse, Henri: The Inferno Brontë, Anne: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall Brontë, Charlotte: Jane Eyre Brontë, Emily: Wuthering Heights Burroughs, Edgar Rice: Tarzan of the Apes Butler, Samuel: The Way of All Flesh Carroll, Lewis: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Cather, Willa: My Ántonia Cervantes, Miguel de: Don Quixote Chopin, Kate: The Awakening Cleland, John: Fanny Hill Collins, Wilkie: The Moonstone Conrad, Joseph: Heart of Darkness Conrad, Joseph: Nostromo Cooper, James Fenimore: The Last of the Mohicans Crane, Stephen: The Red Badge of Courage Cummings, E. E.: The Enormous Room Defoe, Daniel: Robinson Crusoe Defoe, Daniel: Moll Flanders Dickens, Charles: Bleak House Dickens, Charles: Great Expectations Dostoyevsky, Fyodor: Crime and Punishment Dostoyevsky, Fyodor: The Idiot Doyle, Arthur Conan: The Hound of the Baskervilles Dreiser, Theodore: Sister Carrie Dumas, Alexandre: The Three Musketeers Dumas, Alexandre: The Count of Monte Cristo Eliot, George: Middlemarch Fielding, Henry: Tom Jones Flaubert, Gustave: Madame Bovary Flaubert, Gustave: Sentimental Education Ford, Ford Madox: The Good Soldier Forster, E. M.: A Room With a View Forster, E. M.: Howards End Gaskell, Elizabeth: North and South Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von: The Sorrows of Young Werther Gogol, Nikolai: Dead Souls Gorky, Maxim: The Mother Haggard, H. Rider: King Solomon’s Mines Hardy, Thomas: Tess of the D’Urbervilles Hawthorne, Nathaniel: The Scarlet Letter Homer: The Odyssey Hugo, Victor: The Hunchback of Notre Dame Hugo, Victor: Les Misérables Huxley, Aldous: Crome Yellow James, Henry: The Portrait of a Lady

  • Author: Alexandre Dumas
  • Publisher: KTHTK (July 23, 2021)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, World Literature


10. Jealous Russian Stalker (A Man Who Knows What He Wants Book 92)

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

***Includes a link to receive a free, new story delivered to your inbox on Easter morning.*** I watch her from a distance…a close distance. The moment I saw her name I couldn’t stop thinking about her. The first time I laid eyes on her I followed her. When she steps out for the day, I step in…to her personal space without leaving a trace. I need to know everything about her. Her past. Why she’s here in Russia. Her plans for the future. But whatever plans she may have had just got cancelled, because I’ve got a plan of my own…to make her mine no matter what or who tries to come between us. I’m obsessed and I won’t stop until she’s mine…forever. *Jealous Russian Stalker is an insta-everything standalone instalove romance with an HEA, no cheating, and no cliffhanger. Jenika Snow, Alexa Riley

  • Author: Flora Ferrari
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Literature & Fiction