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The Best Russian Authors  

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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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Fyodor Dostoyevsky is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Crime and Punishment, The Brothers Karamazov, The Idiot
Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky (; Russian: Фёдор Михайлович Достоевский, tr. Fyódor Mikháylovich Dostoyévskiy, IPA: [ˈfʲɵdər mʲɪˈxajləvʲɪtɕ dəstɐˈjɛfskʲɪj] (listen); 11 ...more
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Leo Tolstoy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Russian Authors
War and Peace, Anna Karenina, The Death of Ivan Ilych
Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (; Russian: Лев Николаевич Толстой, tr. Lev Nikoláyevich Tolstóy; [lʲef nʲɪkɐˈlaɪvʲɪtɕ tɐlˈstoj] (listen); 9 September [O.S. 28 August] 1828 – 20 ...more
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Anton Chekhov is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Russian Authors
KC Decker added Three Sisters, Uncle Vanya, The Lady with the Dog
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 ...more
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Aleksandr Pushkin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Eugene Onegin
Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin (English: ; Russian: Александр Сергеевич Пушкин, tr. Aleksándr Sergéyevich Púshkin, IPA: [ɐlʲɪˈksandr sʲɪrˈɡʲe(j)ɪvʲɪtɕ ˈpuʂkʲɪn] (listen); 6 ...more
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Nikolai Gogol is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Russian Authors
The Nose, The Overcoat, Diary of a Madman
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 ...more
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Mikhail Bulgakov is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Russian Authors
The Master and Margarita
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 ...more
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Mikhail Lermontov is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Russian Authors
A Hero of Our Time
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 ...more
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Vladimir Mayakovsky is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Russian Authors
A Cloud in Trousers, Mystery-Bouffe
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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Ivan Turgenev is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Fathers and Sons, The Diary of a Superfluous Man
Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev (English: ; Russian: Иван Сергеевич Тургенев, tr. Iván Sergéyevich Turgénev, IPA: [ɪˈvan sʲɪrˈɡʲeɪvʲɪtɕ tʊrˈɡʲenʲɪf]; November 9 [O.S. October 28] ...more
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Maxim Gorky is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Alex Gaginsky added Twenty-Six Men and a Girl, The Mother, The Song of the Stormy Petrel
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 ...more
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Ilf and Petrov is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Alex Gaginsky added The Twelve Chairs , The Little Golden Calf, The Twelve Chairs
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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Sergei Yesenin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Alex Gaginsky added Land of Scoundrels
Sergei Alexandrovich Yesenin (; sometimes spelled as Esenin; Russian: Серге́й Алекса́ндрович Есе́нин, IPA: [sʲɪrˈgʲej ɐlʲɪkˈsandrəvʲɪtɕ jɪˈsʲenʲɪn]; 3 October [O.S. 21 September] 1895 – 28 ...more
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Strugatsky Brothers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Alex Gaginsky added Monday Begins on Saturday, Hard to be God, Roadside Picnic
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 ...more
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Vladimir Vladimirovich N... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Alex Gaginsky added Lolita, Pale Fire, Speak Memory
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. ...more
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Alexander Blok is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Russian Authors
kotbayun added The Twelve, Pisʹma, Tsṿelf
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 ...more
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Boris Pasternak is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Alex Gaginsky added Doctor Zhivago, The Second Birth, Life
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, ...more
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Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Russian Authors
KC Decker added The Gulag Archipelago, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
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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Yevgeniy Yevtushenko is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Alex Gaginsky added I am Cuba, Stolen Apples, Pre-Morning
Yevgeny Aleksandrovich Yevtushenko (Russian: Евгений Александрович Евтушенко; 18 July 1933 – 1 April 2017) was a Soviet and Russian poet. He was also a novelist, essayist, dramatist, ...more
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Kir Bulychov is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Alex Gaginsky added Alisa Selezneva, Great Guslar, Guest from the Future
Kir Bulychev (Russian: Кир Булычёв; 18 October 1934 – 5 September 2003) was a pen name of Igor Vsevolodovich Mozheiko (И́горь Все́володович Може́йко), a Soviet Russian science fiction writer and ...more
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Nikolai Alekseevich Nekr... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Russian Authors
kotbayun added Pisma, Kritika, publitsistika (kollektivnoe i dubia) 1840-1865
Not to be confused with Nikolai Vissarionovich Nekrasov.Nikolay Alexeyevich Nekrasov (Russian: Никола́й Алексе́евич Некра́сов, IPA: [nʲɪkɐˈlaj ɐlʲɪkˈsʲejɪvʲɪtɕ nʲɪˈkrasəf] (listen), 10 December ...more
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Ivan Krylov is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Alex Gaginsky added Krylov's Fables, Russian fables of Ivan Krylov
Ivan Andreyevich Krylov (Russian: Ива́н Андре́евич Крыло́в; February 13, 1769 – November 21, 1844) is Russia's best-known fabulist and probably the most epigrammatic of all Russian authors. ...more
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Osip Mandelstam is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Alex Gaginsky added Topůrko pro kata, Voyage en Arménie, Moscow & Voronezh notebooks
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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Korney Chukovsky is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Alex Gaginsky added Doctor Aybolit, Monster Cockroach, Crocodile
Korney Ivanovich Chukovsky (Russian: Корне́й Ива́нович Чуко́вский, IPA: [kɐrˈnʲej ɪˈvanəvʲɪtɕ tɕʊˈkofskʲɪj] (listen); 31 March NS 1882 – 28 October 1969) was one of the most popular children's ...more
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Nikolai Leskov is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Alex Gaginsky added Siberian Lady Macbeth, The cathedral folk, The Tale of Cross-eyed Lefty from Tula and the Steel Flea
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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Ivan Bunin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Russian Authors
Alex Gaginsky added The Village, Dry Valley, The Life of Arseniev
Ivan Alekseyevich Bunin ( or ; Russian: Ива́н Алексе́евич Бу́нин, IPA: [ɪˈvan ɐlʲɪˈksʲejɪvʲɪtɕ ˈbunʲɪn] (listen); 22 October [O.S. 10 October] 1870 – 8 November 1953) was the first Russian ...more