books The Best Russian Short Stories

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List Rules Top works of Russian short fiction

List of the best short stories from Russian writers that exemplify the Romanticism, Silver Age and 20th century of Russian literature. Topics covered in these Russian short stories range from political ideologies to realism principles. Works on this list were written by short story Nobel Prize winner Ivan Bunin, as well as other renowned authors that may be more recognizable for the novels they produced during the time, like Vladimir Nabokov and F. Dostoyevsky.

This lists asks the question, “What is the best Russian short story?” with plenty of stories to choose from to cast your vote on. Authors such as Alexander Pushkin, Leo Tolstoy, Nikolai Gogol and Maxim Gorky appear on the list of the best Russian short stories. The stories listed are in no particular order until votes start coming in, then the most popular stories will be toward the top. If your favorite Russian short story is not on the list with these best titles, then add the title to the list so that others can vote, as well. The titles have the authors listed along with photographs of the authors.

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The Overcoat is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Russian Short Stories
The Overcoat by N.V. Gogol

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The Bet is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Russian Short Stories
The Bet by A.P. Chekhov

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The Nose is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Russian Short Stories
The Nose by N. Gogol

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A Christmas Tree and a Wedding is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Russian Short Stories
A Christmas Tree and a Wedding by F.M. Dostoyevsky

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The Darling is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Russian Short Stories
The Darling by A.P. Chekhov

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The Lady with the Dog is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Russian Short Stories
The Lady With the Dog Anton Chekhov

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The Queen of Spades is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Russian Short Stories
The Queen of Spades by A.S. Pushkin

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God Sees the Truth, but Waits is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Russian Short Stories
God Sees the Truth, but Waits by L.N. Tolstoy

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A Gentle Creature is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Russian Short Stories
A Gentle Creature by F. Dostoyevsky

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Bachmann is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Russian Short Stories
Bachmann by V. Nabokov

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The Servant is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Russian Short Stories
The Servant by S.T. Semyonov

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The Gentleman from San Francis... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Russian Short Stories

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The Three Questions is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Russian Short Stories
The Three Questions by L. Tolstoy

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The Signal is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Russian Short Stories
The Signal by V.N. Garshin

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White Nights is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Russian Short Stories
White Nights by F. Dostoyevsky

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The Outrage is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Russian Short Stories
The Outrage by A. I. Kuprin

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The Black Monk is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Russian Short Stories
The Black Monk by Anton Chekhov

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A Lost Opportunity is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Russian Short Stories
A Lost Opportunity by L. Tolstoy

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One Autumn Night; In The Stepp... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Russian Short Stories
One Autumn Night by M. Gorky

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How a Muzhik Fed Two Officials is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Russian Short Stories
How a Muzhik Fed Two Officials by M.Y. Saltykov-Shchedrin

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The Shades, a Phantasy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Russian Short Stories
The Shades, a Phantasy by V.G. Korolenko

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The District Doctor is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Russian Short Stories
The District Doctor by I.S. Turgenev

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Dethroned is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Russian Short Stories
Dethroned by I.N. Potapenko

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A Bewitched Place is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Russian Short Stories
A Bewitched Place by N. Gogol

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Gusev is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Russian Short Stories
Gusev Anton Chekhov

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In August is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Russian Short Stories
In August by I. Bunin

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The Portrait is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Russian Short Stories
The Portrait by N. Gogol

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Lazarus is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Russian Short Stories
Lazarus by L. Andreyev

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Cutty Sark is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Russian Short Stories
Cutty Sark by I. A. Yefremov

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The Bishop is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Russian Short Stories
The Bishop Anton Chekhov

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Hide and Seek is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Russian Short Stories
Hide and Seek by F.K. Sologub

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The Revolutionist is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Russian Short Stories
The Revolutionist by M.P. Artsybashev

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The Vane Sisters is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Russian Short Stories
The Vane Sisters by V. Nabokov

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Vanka is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Russian Short Stories
Vanka by A. Chekhov

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Twenty-six Men and a Girl is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Russian Short Stories

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Loopy Ears is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Russian Short Stories
Loopy Ears by I. Bunin

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The Heart of the Serpent is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Russian Short Stories
The Heart of the Serpent by I. A. Yefremov

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How Much Land Does a Man Need?... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Russian Short Stories

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Her Lover is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Russian Short Stories
Her Lover by M. Gorky

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The Blue Cup is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Russian Short Stories
The Blue Cup by A. Gaidar

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The Three Hermits--Leo Tolstoy is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Russian Short Stories
The Three Hermits--Leo Tolstoy

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Iván Ilých and Hadji Murád is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Russian Short Stories
Hadji Murad Leo Tolstoy

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The Death of Ivan Ilyich is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Russian Short Stories

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Father Sergius is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Russian Short Stories
Father Sergius Leo Tolstoy