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The Best Russian Novels 

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Updated June 14, 2019 11.8k votes 1.2k voters 22.2k views 68 items

List Rules Vote up the greatest fiction books and novellas by writers from Russia.

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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Anna Karenina is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Leo Tolstoy
2
War and Peace is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Leo Tolstoy
3
Crime and Punishment is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
4
Doctor Zhivago is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Boris Pasternak
5
The Brothers Karamazov ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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The Master and Margarita... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Mikhail Bulgakov
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Dead Souls is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Nikolai Gogol
8
The Idiot is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Russian Novels
stubb added Fyodor Dostoyevsky
9
One Day in the Life of I... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Russian Novels
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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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Eugene Onegin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Aleksandr Pushkin
12
Lolita is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov
13
Fathers and Sons is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Ivan Turgenev
14
Notes from Underground ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
15
A Hero of Our Time is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Mikhail Lermontov
16
Demons is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
17
Heart of a Dog is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Mikhail Bulgakov
18
Cancer Ward is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
19
The possessed is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Russian Novels
mp1975 added Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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We is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Yevgeny Zamyatin
21
Hadji Murat is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Leo Tolstoy
22
The Cossacks is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Leo Tolstoy
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The House of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
24
Queen of Spades is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Aleksandr Pushkin
25
And Quiet Flows the Don ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Michail Aleksandrovich Sholokhov