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List Rules Top Russian writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and plays

List of the best Russian authors of both nonfiction and fiction literature, along with some authors of poetry. Russian authors have contributed to almost all genres of literature, including children's literature, mysteries and science fiction. Famous authors like Vladimir Nabokov have given us classics such as Lolita and Leo Tolstoy with Anna Karenina.

Although Russia has gone through political turmoils and two world wars, the writers of the time were still able to produce classic novels that help with social conditions and soul-searching. This will pose the question of who was able to do these things and "who are some of the best Russian authors?"

The list can be voted on for who is the best Russian author as well as suggestions to be added to the list for those obscure, but still the best, authors.
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Fyodor Dostoyevsky is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Fyodor Dostoyevsky Crime and Punishment, The Brothers Karamazov, The Idiot

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Leo Tolstoy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Leo Tolstoy War and Peace, Anna Karenina, The Death of Ivan Ilych

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Anton Chekhov is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Anton Chekhov Three Sisters, Uncle Vanya, The Lady with the Dog

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Nikolai Gogol is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Nikolai Gogol The Nose, The Overcoat, Diary of a Madman

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Aleksandr Pushkin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Aleksandr Pushkin Eugene Onegin

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Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov Lolita, Pale Fire, Speak Memory

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Mikhail Bulgakov is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Mikhail Bulgakov The Master and Margarita

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Maxim Gorky is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Maxim Gorky Twenty-Six Men and a Girl, The Mother, The Song of the Stormy Petrel

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Ivan Turgenev is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Ivan Turgenev Fathers and Sons, The Diary of a Superfluous Man

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Mikhail Lermontov is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Mikhail Lermontov A Hero of Our Time

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Boris Pasternak is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Boris Pasternak Doctor Zhivago, The Second Birth, Life

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Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn The Gulag Archipelago, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

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Evgeny Chirikov is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Evgeny Chirikov The Jews, The Life of Tarkhanov

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Marina Tsvetaeva is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Marina Tsvetaeva Poem of the End, The Train of Life, The Floorcleaners' Song

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Vladimir Mayakovsky is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Vladimir Mayakovsky A Cloud in Trousers, Mystery-Bouffe

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Yevgeny Zamyatin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Russian Authors

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Anna Akhmatova is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Anna Akhmatova Requiem, Evening, Poem without a Hero

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Michail Aleksandrovich Sholokh... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Mikhail Aleksandrovich Sholokhov And Quiet Flows the Don

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Sergei Yesenin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Sergei Yesenin Land of Scoundrels

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Ivan Bunin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Ivan Bunin The Village, Dry Valley, The Life of Arseniev

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Joesph Brodsky is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Joesph Brodsky A Part of Speech, To Urania, Less Than One

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Ivan Goncharov is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Ivan Goncharov Oblomov, The Precipice, Neizdannai͡a︡ perepiska K.R

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Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolsto... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy Prince Serebrenni, History of the Russian State from Gostomysl to Timashev, Vampires: Stories of the Supernatural

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Andrei Platonov is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Andrei Platonov The Foundation Pit, The Fierce and Beautiful World, The Return and Other Stories

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Andrei Bely is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Andrei Bely Petersburg, Glossolalia/Glossolalia

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Valery Bryusov is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Valery Bryusov Stikhotvorenii͡a︡, Valerii Bri Łusov, Perepiska

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Alexander Belyayev is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Alexander Belyayev Amphibian Man, Bor'ba v Efire, Vechny Khleb

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Varlam Shalamov is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Varlam Shalamov The Kolyma Tales

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Vladimir Paley is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Vladimir Paley Antichrist

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Leonid Andreyev is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Leonid Andreyev The Seven Who Were Hanged, He who gets slapped, Savva and the Life of Man

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Maria Rybakova is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Maria Rybakova Anna Grom and her Ghost, Loser's Brotherhood

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Sergey Lukyanenko is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Sergey Lukyanenko Labyrinth of Reflections, Night Watch series

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Sophia Parnok is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Sophia Parnok Roses and Pieria, The Vine, Music

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Vasily Shukshin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Vasily Shukshin There Is Such a Guy, The Red Snowball Tree, Short stories

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Victor Pelevin is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Victor Pelevin Omon Ra, The Sacred Book of the Werewolf , Buddha's Little Finger

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Valentin Rasputin is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Valentin Rasputin Siberia, Siberia

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Alexandra Marinina is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Alexandra Marinina Confluence of Circumstances

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Sergei Gennadiyevich Kruglov is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Sergei Gennadiyevich Kruglov The Mirror, The Typist, Provincial Literature

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Sergey Mikhalkov is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Sergey Mikhalkov Uncle Styopa, the National Anthem of Russia

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Ilya Ehrenburg is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Ilya Ehrenburg Kill, People Years Life, The Black Book