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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.)

April 17, 2016

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Szparag

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. :)

April 18, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/msgur

Булгаков is brilliant but he is not "classic". only writers of 19 century are in the list

April 18, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Szparag

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?

April 18, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/msgur

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)

April 18, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Strekoza88

Total awesomeness. Спасибо! ^^

April 17, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lee_livingston

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.

April 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/msgur

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

April 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dmitry_Arch

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.

April 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lee_livingston

Thanks. You are the 2nd person to recommend Korolenko and Prishvin; I'll have to check them out.

April 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lee_livingston

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.

April 20, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Catstroker

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.

December 22, 2016
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