The best works of Russian classical literature
Most of them are studied at school. It is my list and I love all of it.
Пушкин А.С. - "Повести Белкина" (Выстрел, Метель, Станционный смотритель), "Пиковая дама", "Руслан и Людмила", "Евгений Онегин"
Лермонтов М.Ю. - "Герой нашего времени"
Гоголь Н.В. - "Мёртвые души", "Повесть о том, как поссорились Иван Иванович с Иваном Никифоровичем", "Шинель", "Вий"
Лесков Н.С. - "Леди Макбет Мценского уезда", "Несмертельный Голован", "Пугало"
Гончаров И.А. - "Обломов", "Обыкновенная история"
Тургенев И.С. - "Муму", "Отцы и дети", "Ася", "Степной король Лир"
Достоевский Ф.М. - "Село Степанчиково и его обитатели", "Преступление и наказание", "Идиот", "Бесы", "Братья Карамазовы"
Толстой Л.Н. - "Детство", "Отрочество", "Юность", "Война и Мир", "Анна Каренина", "Крейцерова соната", "Смерть Ивана Ильича"
Чехов А.П. - рассказы ("Цветы запоздалые", "Дама с собачкой", "Враги", "Палата N6", "Попрыгунья", "Огни", " Пересолил", "Тиф", "Душечка", "Чёрный монах", "Кошмар", "Ионыч", "Учитель словесности", "Пассажир первого класса" и др.), повести ("Дуэль, "Степь", "Скучная история", "Драма на охоте" и др.)
What about Булгаков? My favourite Russian writer so far!
From the books you mentioned, I'm reading "Бесы" now, unfortunately the Polish translation. I'm not ready for Russian yet. :)
Булгаков is brilliant but he is not "classic". only writers of 19 century are in the list
Ah, right, I didn't think about that. When I see "Russian literature", Булгаков is the first name that comes to my mind. My bad. ;)
Anyway, great list, so many books to read! I know you said you love them all, but can you recommend something in the first place?
I don't know what you like to read... These writers had very large lexicon. Try to read short stories by Пушкин or Чехов. Something like Пассажир первого класса. At first I would read children's books)
One of the first Russian works I read was 'Taras Bulba' by Gogol; if you liked Scott's 'Ivanhoe' or 'Rob Roy' you'll like it.
As far as my personal tastes go I would put Dostoevsky, and Tolstoy in my top five, and Gogol easily in my top 10 authors of all time; some of Gogol's short works in particular are absolutely brilliant.
/a couple German authors (Goethe, Mann prob although I prefer Hesse) are in or around my top five. //Don't hate on me, but I'm not a Pushkin fan. ///Bulgakov's 'Master and Margharita'... Brilliant. And while your list is Classic only... some of Solzhenitsyn's works... wrecked me.
Do you read Russian books in Russian? I read American or English literature in English only. I have read "The Great Gatsby", "Wuthering Heights", "Lord of the Flies" past four months, now I read "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court". Пушкин, Лермонтов, Лесков and Чехов had excellent Russian language
/I should have included Тарас Бульба in the list, I love it too. But I would not recommend reading Gogol in Russian to begginers
I'd agree with Gogol who considered Lermontov's prose the best. Lev Tostoy said that if Mikhail Lermontov had lived longer (he was killed in a duel at the age of 27), there would not have been a need for either him (L.Tolstoy) or Ivan Turgenev to write anything. From the writers of first half of the 20th century I would choose Ivan Bunin, Vladimir Korolenko, Mikhail Bulgakov, Andrey Platonov and Mikhail Prishvin to make the top 5.
Thanks. You are the 2nd person to recommend Korolenko and Prishvin; I'll have to check them out.
I had time to dig through some of my old books and I see the one is still sold and carried by Amazon:
Russian Stories/Русские Рассказы A Dual Language Book
It contains 12 short stories, many are on your list:
Pushkin, Gogol, Turgenev, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Leskov, Chekov, Sologub, Bunin, Zamyatin, Babel, and Zoshchenko
There's a notes section that explains who people are, or to explain a particular turn of phrase, a questionnaire, and a vocabulary list at the back.
There is a recommended order of reading from the relatively easiest of the short stories, to the hardest; the three easiest (in order): Pushkin, Tolstoy, and Chekov.
Here's the Amazon link for the paperback. The Kindle version is a couple dollars less, but I've never seen it and do not know how well the electronic version was transferred/formatted.
Thanks again for the list, I hope this encourages some to 'get their feet wet' :) Many of these, and a great many more short stories are probably available for free electronically if you take the time to look for them.
I like at least one Dual language book to develop a rhythm... get a feel for sight reading (intelligent guessing) it comes faster as you slowly wean yourself from peeking at the English side and/or constantly looking up words.
You can find almost all books for free on http://rutracker.org/. Don't you have books like these? http://www.franklang.ru/index.php/metod-chteniya-ili-franka, http://rutracker.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5108633 or http://wordsfromtext.com/
Another great story is "Отец Сергий", by Leo Tolstoy. There is a brilliant film based on it, called "Il sole anche di note", or "Night Sun", directed by Taviani brothers. Mesmerising.