Novels The Best Russian Novels  

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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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407 126
Crime and Punishment is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky

2
408 153
Anna Karenina is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy

3
328 142
War and Peace is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Russian Novels
War and Peace Leo Tolstoy

4
321 133
Doctor Zhivago is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Doctor Zhivago Boris Pasternak

5
297 128
The Brothers Karamazov is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Russian Novels
The Brothers Karamazov Fyodor Dostoyevsky

6
259 170
Lolita is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Lolita Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

7
141 128
The Idiot is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Russian Novels
stubb added The Idiot Fyodor Dostoyevsky

8
163 142
One Day in the Life of Ivan De... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Russian Novels

9
140 157
The Master and Margarita is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Russian Novels
The Master and Margarita Mikhail Bulgakov

10
128 148
Dead Souls is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Dead Souls Nikolai Gogol

11
129 139
The Death of Ivan Ilyich is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Russian Novels

12
125 143
Notes from Underground is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Notes from Underground Fyodor Dostoyevsky

13
107 137
Fathers and Sons is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Fathers and Sons Ivan Turgenev

14
91 137
Eugene Onegin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Eugene Onegin Aleksandr Pushkin

15
66 112
The possessed is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Russian Novels
mattpassant added The possessed Fyodor Dostoyevsky

16
58 117
Heart of a Dog is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Heart of a Dog Mikhail Bulgakov

17
64 110
The Gift is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Russian Novels
The Gift Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

18
68 111
Cancer Ward is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Cancer Ward Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

19
58 92
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
61 116
We is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Russian Novels
We Yevgeny Zamyatin

21
62 123
A Hero of Our Time is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Russian Novels
A Hero of Our Time Mikhail Lermontov

22
45 91
Demons is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Demons Fyodor Dostoyevsky

23
41 102
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
52 117
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 90
The House of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Russian Novels
The House of the Dead Fyodor Dostoyevsky

27
38 102
Petersburg is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Petersburg Andrei Bely

28
34 82
The Cossacks is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Russian Novels
The Cossacks Leo Tolstoy

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

30
28 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
27 81
The Kreutzer Sonata is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Russian Novels
The Kreutzer Sonata Leo Tolstoy

32
26 81
Hadji Murat is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Hadji Murat Leo Tolstoy

33
25 78
Poor Folk is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Poor Folk Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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Hard to Be a God is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Alex Gaginsky added Hard to Be a God Arkady Strugatsky, Boris Strugatsky

35
24 79
Pale Fire is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Pale Fire Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

36
29 95
The Defense is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Russian Novels
The Defense Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

37
26 85
The Mother is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Russian Novels

38
27 98
The Gentleman from San Francis... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Russian Novels

39
23 86
Despair is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Despair Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

40
25 85
Duel is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Duel Anton Chekhov

41
21 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
17 71
Peter the First is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Peter the First Aleksey Nikolayevich Tolstoy

43
16 77
The little demon is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Russian Novels
The little demon Fyodor Sologub

44
16 75
Envy is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Envy Yury Olesha

45
23 82
Life and Fate is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Life and Fate Vasily Grossman

46
14 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
12 65
life of Arseniev is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Russian Novels
life of Arseniev Ivan Alekseevich Bunin

48
12 67
Running on The Waves is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Running on The Waves Aleksandr Grin

49
14 75
The cathedral folk is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Russian Novels
The cathedral folk Nikolai Leskov

50
13 71
A Common Story is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Russian Novels
A Common Story Ivan Goncharov