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The Best Russian Authors

Updated December 4, 2019 7.5k votes 1.1k voters 19.3k views127 items

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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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    Crime and Punishment, The Brothers Karamazov
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    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    NationalityRussian Empire

    Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky (; Russian: Фёдор Михайлович Достоевский, tr. Fyódor Mikháylovich Dostoyévskiy, IPA: [ˈfʲɵdər mʲɪˈxajləvʲɪtɕ dəstɐˈjɛfskʲɪj] (listen); 11 November 1821 – 9 February  ...more
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    War and Peace, Anna Karenina
    402
    87

    BirthplaceYasnaya Polyana, Russia

    NationalityRussian Empire

    Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (; Russian: Лев Николаевич Толстой, tr. Lev Nikoláyevich Tolstóy; [lʲef nʲɪkɐˈlaɪvʲɪtɕ tɐlˈstoj] (listen); 9 September [O.S. 28 August] 1828 – 20 November [O.S. 7  ...more
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    Eugene Onegin
    295
    82

    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    NationalityRussian Empire

    Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin (English: ; Russian: Александр Сергеевич Пушкин, tr. Aleksándr Sergéyevich Púshkin, IPA: [ɐlʲɪˈksandr sʲɪrˈɡʲe(j)ɪvʲɪtɕ ˈpuʂkʲɪn] (listen); 6 June [O.S. 26 May] 1799 –  ...more
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    KC Decker addedThree Sisters, Uncle Vanya
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    36

    BirthplaceTaganrog, Russia

    NationalityRussia

    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (Russian: Антон Павлович Чехов, tr. Antón Pávlovič Čéhov, IPA: [ɐnˈton ˈpavɫəvʲɪtɕ ˈtɕɛxəf]; 29 January 1860 – 15 July 1904) was a Russian playwright and short-story writer,  ...more
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    The Nose, The Overcoat
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    65

    BirthplaceVelyki Sorochyntsi, Ukraine

    NationalityRussian Empire

    Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol (31 March 1809 – 4 March 1852) was a Russian dramatist of Ukrainian origin.Although Gogol was considered by his contemporaries to be one of the preeminent figures of the  ...more
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    The Master and Margarita
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    54

    BirthplaceKiev, Ukraine

    NationalityRussian Empire, Soviet Union

    Mikhail Afanasyevich Bulgakov (Russian: Михаи́л Афана́сьевич Булга́ков, IPA: [mʲɪxɐˈil ɐfɐˈnasʲjɪvʲɪtɕ bʊlˈɡakəf]; 15 May [O.S. 3 May] 1891 – 10 March 1940) was a Russian writer, medical doctor and  ...more
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    Fathers and Sons, The Diary of a Superfluous Man
    124
    51

    BirthplaceOryol, Russia

    NationalityRussian Empire

    Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev (English: ; Russian: Иван Сергеевич Тургенев, tr. Iván Sergéyevich Turgénev, IPA: [ɪˈvan sʲɪrˈɡʲeɪvʲɪtɕ tʊrˈɡʲenʲɪf]; November 9 [O.S. October 28] 1818 – September 3, 1883)  ...more
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    A Hero of Our Time
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    43

    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    NationalityRussian Empire

    Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov (; Russian: Михаи́л Ю́рьевич Ле́рмонтов, IPA: [mʲɪxɐˈil ˈjurʲjɪvʲɪtɕ ˈlʲɛrməntəf]; October 15 [O.S. October 3] 1814 – July 27 [O.S. July 15] 1841) was a Russian Romantic  ...more
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    KC Decker addedThe Gulag Archipelago, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
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    BirthplaceKislovodsk, Russia

    NationalityRussia, Soviet Union

    Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn (; 11 December 1918 – 3 August 2008) was a Russian novelist, historian, and short story writer. He was an outspoken critic of the Soviet Union and communism and  ...more
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    kotbayun addedThe Twelve, Pisʹma
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    BirthplaceSaint Petersburg, Russia

    NationalityRussia

    Alexander Alexandrovich Blok (Russian: Алекса́ндр Алекса́ндрович Бло́к, IPA: [ɐlʲɪˈksandr ɐlʲɪˈksandrəvʲɪtɕ ˈblok] (listen); 28 November [O.S. 16 November] 1880 – 7 August 1921) was a Russian lyrical  ...more
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    A Cloud in Trousers, Mystery-Bouffe
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    44

    BirthplaceBaghdati, Georgia

    NationalityRussia, Russian Empire, Soviet Union

    Vladimir Vladimirovich Mayakovsky (; Russian: Влади́мир Влади́мирович Маяко́вский; 19 July [O.S. 7 July] 1893 – 14 April 1930) was a Soviet poet, playwright, artist, and actor. During his early,  ...more
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    Alex Gaginsky addedLolita, Pale Fire
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    BirthplaceSaint Petersburg, Russia

    NationalityUnited States of America, Russian Empire

    Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov (; Russian: Влади́мир Влади́мирович Набо́ков [vɫɐˈdʲimʲɪr nɐˈbokəf] (listen), also known by the pen name Vladimir Sirin (Russian: Влади́мир Си́рин); 22 April [O.S. 10  ...more
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    Alex Gaginsky addedMonday Begins on Saturday, Hard to be God
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    41

    NationalityRussian

    The brothers Arkady Natanovich Strugatsky (Russian: Аркадий Натанович Стругацкий; 28 August 1925 – 12 October 1991) and Boris Natanovich Strugatsky (Russian: Борис Натанович Стругацкий; 14 April 1933  ...more
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    Alex Gaginsky addedThe Twelve Chairs , The Little Golden Calf
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    31

    NationalitySoviet Union

    Ilya Ilf (Ilya Arnoldovich Feinsilberg) (Russian: Илья Арнольдович Файнзильберг, 1897–1937) and Evgeny or Yevgeni Petrov (Yevgeniy Petrovich Kataev/Katayev or Russian: Евгений Петрович Катаев,  ...more
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    ElijahKaganer addedAmphibian Man, Bor'ba v Efire
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    BirthplaceSmolensk Oblast, Eurasia, Russia, Smolensk

    NationalityRussia, Soviet Union

    Alexander Romanovich Belyaev (Russian: Алекса́ндр Рома́нович Беля́ев, [ɐlʲɪkˈsandr rɐˈmanəvʲɪtɕ bʲɪˈlʲæɪf]; 16 March [O.S. 4 March] 1884 – 6 January 1942) was a Soviet Russian writer of science  ...more
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    Alex Gaginsky addedSilentium!, Last Love
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    10

    BirthplaceBryansk, Russia

    NationalityRussia

    Fyodor Ivanovich Tyutchev (Russian: Фёдор Иванович Тютчев, Pre-Reform orthography: Ѳедоръ Ивановичъ Тютчевъ; December 5 [O.S. November 23] 1803 – July 27 [O.S. July 15] 1873) was a Russian poet and  ...more
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    Alex Gaginsky addedThe Storm, Enough Stupidity in Every Wise Man
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    BirthplaceZamoskvorechye District

    NationalityRussia

    Alexander Nikolayevich Ostrovsky (Russian: Алекса́ндр Никола́евич Остро́вский; 12 April [O.S. 31 March] 1823, Moscow, Russian Empire – 14 June [O.S. 2 June] 1886, Shchelykovo, Kostroma Governorate,  ...more
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    Alex Gaginsky addedSiberian Lady Macbeth, The cathedral folk
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    BirthplaceOryol, Russia

    Nikolai Semyonovich Leskov (Russian: Никола́й Семёнович Леско́в; 16 February [O.S. 4 February] 1831 – 5 March [O.S. 21 February] 1895) was a Russian novelist, short-story writer, playwright, and  ...more
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    Alex Gaginsky added
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    sudeeshab addedOblomov, The Precipice
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    BirthplaceUlyanovsk, Russia

    NationalityRussia

    Ivan Alexandrovich Goncharov (, also US: ; Russian: Ива́н Алекса́ндрович Гончаро́в, tr. Iván Aleksándrovich Goncharóv, IPA: [ɪˈvan ɐlʲɪkˈsandrəvʲɪdʑ ɡənʲtɕɪˈrof]; 18 June [O.S. 6 June] 1812 – 27  ...more
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    Alex Gaginsky addedLand of Scoundrels
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    35

    BirthplaceKonstantinovo, Russia

    NationalityRussia

    Sergei Alexandrovich Yesenin (; sometimes spelled as Esenin; Russian: Серге́й Алекса́ндрович Есе́нин, IPA: [sʲɪrˈgʲej ɐlʲɪkˈsandrəvʲɪtɕ jɪˈsʲenʲɪn]; 3 October [O.S. 21 September] 1895 – 28 December  ...more
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    Alex Gaginsky addedTwenty-Six Men and a Girl, The Mother
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    BirthplaceNizhny Novgorod, Russia

    NationalityRussia, Soviet Union

    Alexei Maximovich Peshkov (Russian: Алексе́й Макси́мович Пешко́в or Пе́шков; 28 March [O.S. 16 March] 1868 – 18 June 1936), primarily known as Maxim Gorky (Russian: Макси́м Го́рький), was a Russian  ...more
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    Alex Gaginsky addedTopůrko pro kata, Voyage en Arménie
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    BirthplaceWarsaw, Poland

    NationalityRussia

    Osip Emilyevich Mandelstam (Russian: О́сип Эми́льевич Мандельшта́м, IPA: [ˈosʲɪp ɪˈmʲilʲjɪvʲɪtɕ məndʲɪlʲˈʂtam]; 14 January [O.S. 2 January] 1891 – 27 December 1938) was a Russian Jewish poet and  ...more
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    Alex Gaginsky addedDoctor Zhivago, The Second Birth
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    34

    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    NationalityRussian Empire, Soviet Union

    Boris Leonidovich Pasternak (; Russian: Бори́с Леони́дович Пастерна́к, IPA: [bɐˈrʲis lʲɪɐˈnʲidəvʲɪtɕ pəstɨrˈnak]; 10 February [O.S. 29 January] 1890 – 30 May 1960) was a Russian poet, novelist, and  ...more
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    Alex Gaginsky addedShapoklyak, Gena the Crocodile
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    BirthplaceYegoryevsk, Russia

    NationalityRussia

    Eduard Nikolayevich Uspensky (Russian: Эдуард Николаевич Успенский; 22 December 1937 – 14 August 2018) was a Russian children's writer and poet, author of over 70 books, as well as a playwright,  ...more
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