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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1
413 127
Crime and Punishment is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

2
413 153
Anna Karenina is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Leo Tolstoy

3
330 143
War and Peace is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Leo Tolstoy

4
301 130
The Brothers Karamazov is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

5
322 136
Doctor Zhivago is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Boris Pasternak

6
262 172
Lolita is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

7
147 128
The Idiot is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Russian Novels
stubb added Fyodor Dostoyevsky

8
167 143
One Day in the Life of Ivan De... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Russian Novels

9
146 157
The Master and Margarita is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Mikhail Bulgakov

10
132 148
Dead Souls is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Nikolai Gogol

11
130 140
The Death of Ivan Ilyich is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Russian Novels

12
126 143
Notes from Underground is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

13
107 138
Fathers and Sons is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Ivan Turgenev

14
92 138
Eugene Onegin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Aleksandr Pushkin

15
70 112
The possessed is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Russian Novels
mattpassant added Fyodor Dostoyevsky

16
60 117
Heart of a Dog is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Mikhail Bulgakov

17
60 92
essential tales of Chekhov is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Humberto Gomes added Anton Chekhov

18
69 111
Cancer Ward is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

19
64 111
The Gift is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

20
64 116
We is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Yevgeny Zamyatin

21
49 91
Demons is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

22
64 124
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
54 117
Oblomov is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Ivan Goncharov

25
41 90
The House of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

26
41 102
Petersburg is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Andrei Bely

27
33 85
Taras Bulba is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Nikolai Gogol

28
35 83
The Cossacks is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Leo Tolstoy

29
30 84
Queen of Spades is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Aleksandr Pushkin

30
28 78
Poor Folk is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

31
29 92
The Captain's Daughter is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Mollevangsvagen added Aleksandr Pushkin

32
3 0
Hard to Be a God is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Alex Gaginsky added Arkady Strugatsky, Boris Strugatsky

33
28 81
Hadji Murat is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Leo Tolstoy

34
28 83
The Kreutzer Sonata is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Leo Tolstoy

35
28 85
Duel is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Anton Chekhov

36
27 85
The Mother is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Russian Novels

37
28 98
The Gentleman from San Francis... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Russian Novels

38
24 80
Pale Fire is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

39
29 96
The Defense is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

40
23 87
Despair is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

41
23 82
What Is To Be Done? is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Nikolay Chernyshevsky

42
17 77
The little demon is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Fyodor Sologub

43
18 75
Envy is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Yury Olesha

44
17 72
Peter the First is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Aleksey Nikolayevich Tolstoy

45
24 83
Life and Fate is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Vasily Grossman

46
13 67
Running on The Waves is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Aleksandr Grin

47
14 71
Father Sergius is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Leo Tolstoy

48
14 72
A Common Story is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Ivan Goncharov

49
14 73
Ada or Ardor: A Family Chronic... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

50
12 65
seven that were hanged is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Leonid Andreyev