Fiction The Best Russian Novels  

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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.
list ordered by

1
427 130
Crime and Punishment is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

2
424 158
Anna Karenina is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Leo Tolstoy

3
339 144
War and Peace is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Leo Tolstoy

4
314 131
The Brothers Karamazov is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

5
325 141
Doctor Zhivago is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Boris Pasternak

6
267 173
Lolita is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

7
153 130
The Idiot is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Russian Novels
stubb added Fyodor Dostoyevsky

8
152 158
The Master and Margarita is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Mikhail Bulgakov

9
169 144
One Day in the Life of Ivan De... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Russian Novels

10
136 148
Dead Souls is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Nikolai Gogol

11
136 140
The Death of Ivan Ilyich is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Russian Novels

12
133 145
Notes from Underground is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

13
112 138
Fathers and Sons is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Ivan Turgenev

14
97 138
Eugene Onegin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Aleksandr Pushkin

15
75 112
The possessed is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Russian Novels
mattpassant added Fyodor Dostoyevsky

16
64 117
Heart of a Dog is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Mikhail Bulgakov

17
64 92
essential tales of Chekhov is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Humberto Gomes added Anton Chekhov

18
73 112
Cancer Ward is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

19
68 116
We is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Yevgeny Zamyatin

20
65 111
The Gift is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

21
54 91
Demons is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

22
66 124
A Hero of Our Time is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Mikhail Lermontov

23
43 103
And Quiet Flows the Don is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Michail Aleksandrovich Sholokhov

24
58 118
Oblomov is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Ivan Goncharov

25
42 90
The House of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Fyodor Dostoyevsky