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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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398 126
Crime and Punishment is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky

2
402 152
Anna Karenina is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy

3
321 141
War and Peace is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Russian Novels
War and Peace Leo Tolstoy

4
319 130
Doctor Zhivago is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Doctor Zhivago Boris Pasternak

5
287 128
The Brothers Karamazov is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Russian Novels
The Brothers Karamazov Fyodor Dostoyevsky

6
257 167
Lolita is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Lolita Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

7
134 128
The Idiot is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Russian Novels
stubb added The Idiot Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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162 141
One Day in the Life of Ivan De... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Russian Novels

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135 156
The Master and Margarita is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Russian Novels
The Master and Margarita Mikhail Bulgakov

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127 138
The Death of Ivan Ilyich is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Russian Novels

11
124 148
Dead Souls is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Dead Souls Nikolai Gogol

12
121 143
Notes from Underground is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Notes from Underground Fyodor Dostoyevsky

13
104 137
Fathers and Sons is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Fathers and Sons Ivan Turgenev

14
89 137
Eugene Onegin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Eugene Onegin Aleksandr Pushkin

Famous People with the Same Real Name

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57 117
Heart of a Dog is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Heart of a Dog Mikhail Bulgakov

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64 112
The possessed is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Russian Novels
mattpassant added The possessed Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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

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

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56 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

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60 116
We is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Russian Novels
We Yevgeny Zamyatin

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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

The Best Absurdist Fiction Novels

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42 91
Demons is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Demons Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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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

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51 117
Oblomov is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Oblomov Ivan Goncharov

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

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

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37 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

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

The Best Russian Authors

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

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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

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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

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24 78
Poor Folk is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Poor Folk Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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25 81
The Kreutzer Sonata is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Russian Novels
The Kreutzer Sonata Leo Tolstoy

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24 79
Pale Fire is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Pale Fire Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

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29 95
The Defense is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Russian Novels
The Defense Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

The Best Novelists of All Time

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24 81
Hadji Murat is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Hadji Murat Leo Tolstoy

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27 98
The Gentleman from San Francis... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Russian Novels

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23 86
Despair is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Despair Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

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24 85
Duel is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Duel Anton Chekhov

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24 85
The Mother is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Russian Novels

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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

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

All the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Books, Ranked Best to Worst

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16 76
The little demon is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Russian Novels
The little demon Fyodor Sologub

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15 75
Envy is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Envy Yury Olesha

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14 72
Ada or Ardor: A Family Chronic... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Ada or Ardor: A Family Chronicle Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

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22 82
Life and Fate is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Life and Fate Vasily Grossman

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

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

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

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