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List of the best Russian novels from some of the most popular Russian authors from different time periods in history. Some of these Russian authors show up multiple times for their various works, such as Leo Tolstoy, Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov, and Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

This list asks, "what is the best Russian novel?" and has plenty of choices to vote on. If your favorite novel has not been added to the list, be sure to add it yourself so that it can get some votes, as well. The list contains a variety of novel titles along with their authors to help identify them better and just skims the top of the best Russian novels.

These best Russian novels on the list were some of the main novels that contributed to all genres of literature, such as mystery, science fiction and even magic and mystical creatures, as in The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov.

Russians have been awarded five Nobel Prize awards for literature, with four of them being for novelists and one being award to a poet and playwright. The four Russian novelists are included on this list of the best Russian novels to be voted on.
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316 103
Crime and Punishment is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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2
325 127
Anna Karenina is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy

3
262 107
Doctor Zhivago is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Doctor Zhivago Boris Pasternak

4
258 120
War and Peace is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Russian Novels
War and Peace Leo Tolstoy

5
225 108
The Brothers Karamazov is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Russian Novels
The Brothers Karamazov Fyodor Dostoyevsky

6
210 143
Lolita is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Lolita Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

7
127 119
One Day in the Life of Ivan De... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Russian Novels

8
105 106
The Idiot is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Russian Novels
stubb added The Idiot Fyodor Dostoyevsky

9
103 118
The Death of Ivan Ilyich is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Russian Novels

10
101 121
Notes from Underground is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Notes from Underground Fyodor Dostoyevsky

11
95 124
Dead Souls is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Dead Souls Nikolai Gogol

12
98 129
The Master and Margarita is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Russian Novels
The Master and Margarita Mikhail Bulgakov

13
80 118
Fathers and Sons is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Fathers and Sons Ivan Turgenev

14
69 117
Eugene Onegin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Eugene Onegin Aleksandr Pushkin

15
51 92
The possessed is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Russian Novels
mattpassant added The possessed Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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48 94
The Gift is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Russian Novels
The Gift Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

17
41 77
essential tales of Chekhov is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Humberto Gomes added essential tales of Chekhov Anton Chekhov

18
50 98
Cancer Ward is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Cancer Ward Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

19
44 98
Heart of a Dog is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Heart of a Dog Mikhail Bulgakov

20
49 106
A Hero of Our Time is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Russian Novels
A Hero of Our Time Mikhail Lermontov

21
47 103
We is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Russian Novels
We Yevgeny Zamyatin

22
34 85
And Quiet Flows the Don is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Russian Novels
And Quiet Flows the Don Michail Aleksandrovich Sholokhov

23
44 100
Oblomov is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Oblomov Ivan Goncharov

24
28 66
The Cossacks is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Russian Novels
The Cossacks Leo Tolstoy

25
31 75
The House of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Russian Novels
The House of the Dead Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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29 76
Demons is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Demons Fyodor Dostoyevsky

27
33 87
Petersburg is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Petersburg Andrei Bely

28
27 72
Taras Bulba is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Taras Bulba Nikolai Gogol

29
23 76
The Captain's Daughter is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Mollevangsvagen added The Captain's Daughter Aleksandr Pushkin

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30
25 81
The Defense is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Russian Novels
The Defense Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

31
20 67
The Kreutzer Sonata is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Russian Novels
The Kreutzer Sonata Leo Tolstoy

32
21 71
The Mother is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Russian Novels

33
23 83
The Gentleman from San Francis... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Russian Novels

34
18 65
Pale Fire is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Pale Fire Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

35
18 65
Poor Folk is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Poor Folk Fyodor Dostoyevsky

36
15 59
Peter the First is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Peter the First Aleksey Nikolayevich Tolstoy

37
19 72
Hadji Murat is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Hadji Murat Leo Tolstoy

38
18 73
Despair is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Despair Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

39
17 71
Queen of Spades is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Queen of Spades Aleksandr Pushkin

40
17 69
What Is To Be Done? is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Russian Novels
What Is To Be Done? Nikolay Chernyshevsky

41
18 73
Duel is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Duel Anton Chekhov

42
18 69
Life and Fate is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Life and Fate Vasily Grossman

43
13 64
The little demon is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Russian Novels
The little demon Fyodor Sologub

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17 69
Omon Ra is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Omon Ra Victor Pelevin

45
13 63
The cathedral folk is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Russian Novels
The cathedral folk Nikolai Leskov

46
13 63
Envy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Envy Yury Olesha

47
11 59
Ada or Ardor: A Family Chronic... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Ada or Ardor: A Family Chronicle Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

48
11 60
A Common Story is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Russian Novels
A Common Story Ivan Goncharov

49
11 60
Father Sergius is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Father Sergius Leo Tolstoy

50
12 65
On the Edge of the World is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Russian Novels
On the Edge of the World Nikolai Leskov