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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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Crime and Punishment is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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

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The Brothers Karamazov is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Russian Novels
The Brothers Karamazov Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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

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Doctor Zhivago is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Doctor Zhivago Boris Pasternak

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

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Dead Souls is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Dead Souls Nikolai Gogol

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The Master and Margarita is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Russian Novels
The Master and Margarita Mikhail Bulgakov

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The Idiot is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Russian Novels
The Idiot Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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The Death of Ivan Ilyich is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Russian Novels

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One Day in the Life of Ivan De... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Russian Novels

12
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Notes from Underground is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Notes from Underground Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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Eugene Onegin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Eugene Onegin Aleksandr Pushkin

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Fathers and Sons is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Fathers and Sons Ivan Turgenev

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A Hero of Our Time is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Russian Novels
A Hero of Our Time Mikhail Lermontov

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

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Heart of a Dog is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Heart of a Dog Mikhail Bulgakov

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

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Oblomov is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Oblomov Ivan Goncharov

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And Quiet Flows the Don is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Russian Novels
And Quiet Flows the Don Michail Aleksandrovich Sholokhov

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Cancer Ward is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Cancer Ward Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

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The possessed is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Russian Novels
The possessed Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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Petersburg is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Petersburg Andrei Bely

24
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The Defense is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Russian Novels
The Defense Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

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essential tales of Chekhov is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Russian Novels

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

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The House of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Russian Novels
The House of the Dead Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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The Gentleman from San Francis... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Russian Novels

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Taras Bulba is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Taras Bulba Nikolai Gogol

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The Cossacks is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Russian Novels
The Cossacks Leo Tolstoy

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Queen of Spades is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Queen of Spades Aleksandr Pushkin

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The Captain's Daughter is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Russian Novels
The Captain's Daughter Aleksandr Pushkin

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Hadji Murat is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Hadji Murat Leo Tolstoy

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

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The little demon is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Russian Novels
The little demon Fyodor Sologub

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Poor Folk is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Poor Folk Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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The cathedral folk is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Russian Novels
The cathedral folk Nikolai Leskov

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Live and remember is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Live and remember Valentin Grigor╩╣evich Rasputin

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Envy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Envy Yury Olesha

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A Common Story is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Russian Novels
A Common Story Ivan Goncharov

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Satan's diary is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Satan's diary Leonid Andreyev

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life of Arseniev is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Russian Novels
life of Arseniev Ivan Alekseevich Bunin

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Who Is to Blame? is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Who Is to Blame? Alexander Herzen

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The Golovlyov Family is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Russian Novels
The Golovlyov Family Mikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin

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Running on The Waves is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Running on The Waves Aleksandr Grin

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Duel is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Duel Anton Chekhov

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Who Can Be Happy And Free In R... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Who Can Be Happy And Free In Russia? Nikolai Alekseevich Nekrasov

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The history of a town is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Russian Novels
The history of a town Mikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin

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Peter the First is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Peter the First Aleksey Nikolayevich Tolstoy

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Father Sergius is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Father Sergius Leo Tolstoy