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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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389 126
Crime and Punishment is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky

2
399 149
Anna Karenina is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy

3
318 127
Doctor Zhivago is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Doctor Zhivago Boris Pasternak

4
314 140
War and Peace is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Russian Novels
War and Peace Leo Tolstoy

5
282 127
The Brothers Karamazov is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Russian Novels
The Brothers Karamazov Fyodor Dostoyevsky

6
254 165
Lolita is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Lolita Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

7
130 127
The Idiot is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Russian Novels
stubb added The Idiot Fyodor Dostoyevsky

8
160 140
One Day in the Life of Ivan De... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Russian Novels

9
127 154
The Master and Margarita is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Russian Novels
The Master and Margarita Mikhail Bulgakov

10
121 147
Dead Souls is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Dead Souls Nikolai Gogol

11
122 138
The Death of Ivan Ilyich is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Russian Novels

12
119 143
Notes from Underground is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Notes from Underground Fyodor Dostoyevsky

13
102 137
Fathers and Sons is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Fathers and Sons Ivan Turgenev

14
86 136
Eugene Onegin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Eugene Onegin Aleksandr Pushkin

The Best Novels Written by Famous Actors

15
63 112
The possessed is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Russian Novels
mattpassant added The possessed Fyodor Dostoyevsky

16
62 110
The Gift is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Russian Novels
The Gift Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

17
54 116
Heart of a Dog is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Heart of a Dog Mikhail Bulgakov

18
66 111
Cancer Ward is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Cancer Ward Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

19
53 91
essential tales of Chekhov is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Humberto Gomes added essential tales of Chekhov Anton Chekhov

20
57 115
We is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Russian Novels
We Yevgeny Zamyatin

21
60 123
A Hero of Our Time is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Russian Novels
A Hero of Our Time Mikhail Lermontov

The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions

22
41 91
Demons is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Demons Fyodor Dostoyevsky

23
40 102
And Quiet Flows the Don is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Russian Novels
And Quiet Flows the Don Michail Aleksandrovich Sholokhov

24
50 117
Oblomov is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Oblomov Ivan Goncharov

25
32 85
Taras Bulba is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Taras Bulba Nikolai Gogol

26
38 102
Petersburg is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Petersburg Andrei Bely

27
35 90
The House of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Russian Novels
The House of the Dead Fyodor Dostoyevsky

28
32 82
The Cossacks is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Russian Novels
The Cossacks Leo Tolstoy

The Greatest American Novels

29
28 83
Queen of Spades is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Queen of Spades Aleksandr Pushkin

30
27 91
The Captain's Daughter is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Mollevangsvagen added The Captain's Daughter Aleksandr Pushkin

31
1 0
Hard to Be a God is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Alex Gaginsky added Hard to Be a God Arkady Strugatsky, Boris Strugatsky

32
23 78
Pale Fire is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Pale Fire Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

33
27 98
The Gentleman from San Francis... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Russian Novels

34
23 78
Poor Folk is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Poor Folk Fyodor Dostoyevsky

35
24 81
The Kreutzer Sonata is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Russian Novels
The Kreutzer Sonata Leo Tolstoy

The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written

36
28 95
The Defense is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Russian Novels
The Defense Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

37
23 81
Hadji Murat is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Hadji Murat Leo Tolstoy

38
24 85
The Mother is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Russian Novels

39
23 85
Duel is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Duel Anton Chekhov

40
21 86
Despair is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Despair Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

41
20 82
What Is To Be Done? is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Russian Novels
What Is To Be Done? Nikolay Chernyshevsky

42
16 71
Peter the First is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Peter the First Aleksey Nikolayevich Tolstoy

The Best Postmodern Novels

43
15 76
The little demon is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Russian Novels
The little demon Fyodor Sologub

44
14 75
The cathedral folk is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Russian Novels
The cathedral folk Nikolai Leskov

45
14 75
Envy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Envy Yury Olesha

46
13 72
Ada or Ardor: A Family Chronic... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Ada or Ardor: A Family Chronicle Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

47
20 82
Life and Fate is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Life and Fate Vasily Grossman

48
11 65
Who Is to Blame? is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Who Is to Blame? Alexander Herzen

49
12 71
A Common Story is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Russian Novels
A Common Story Ivan Goncharov

50
12 71
Father Sergius is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Father Sergius Leo Tolstoy