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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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356 118
Crime and Punishment is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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2
372 142
Anna Karenina is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy

3
300 122
Doctor Zhivago is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Doctor Zhivago Boris Pasternak

4
288 135
War and Peace is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Russian Novels
War and Peace Leo Tolstoy

5
256 122
The Brothers Karamazov is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Russian Novels
The Brothers Karamazov Fyodor Dostoyevsky

6
242 157
Lolita is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Lolita Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

7
149 130
One Day in the Life of Ivan De... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Russian Novels

8
121 120
The Idiot is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Russian Novels
stubb added The Idiot Fyodor Dostoyevsky

9
118 133
The Death of Ivan Ilyich is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Russian Novels

10
110 138
Notes from Underground is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Notes from Underground Fyodor Dostoyevsky

11
103 141
Dead Souls is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Dead Souls Nikolai Gogol

12
105 149
The Master and Margarita is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Russian Novels
The Master and Margarita Mikhail Bulgakov

13
91 131
Fathers and Sons is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Fathers and Sons Ivan Turgenev

14
78 131
Eugene Onegin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Eugene Onegin Aleksandr Pushkin

15
59 108
The possessed is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Russian Novels
mattpassant added The possessed Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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60 109
Cancer Ward is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Cancer Ward Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

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55 108
The Gift is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Russian Novels
The Gift Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

18
45 89
essential tales of Chekhov is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Humberto Gomes added essential tales of Chekhov Anton Chekhov

19
55 118
A Hero of Our Time is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Russian Novels
A Hero of Our Time Mikhail Lermontov

20
51 114
We is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Russian Novels
We Yevgeny Zamyatin

21
47 111
Heart of a Dog is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Heart of a Dog Mikhail Bulgakov

22
38 96
And Quiet Flows the Don is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Russian Novels
And Quiet Flows the Don Michail Aleksandrovich Sholokhov

23
32 76
The Cossacks is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Russian Novels
The Cossacks Leo Tolstoy

24
33 87
Demons is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Demons Fyodor Dostoyevsky

25
44 112
Oblomov is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Oblomov Ivan Goncharov

26
33 85
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
33 98
Petersburg is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Petersburg Andrei Bely

28
29 83
Taras Bulba is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Taras Bulba Nikolai Gogol

29
22 79
Queen of Spades is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Queen of Spades Aleksandr Pushkin

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24 87
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
23 81
The Mother is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Russian Novels

32
25 93
The Gentleman from San Francis... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Russian Novels

33
21 77
The Kreutzer Sonata is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Russian Novels
The Kreutzer Sonata Leo Tolstoy

34
20 74
Poor Folk is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Poor Folk Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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20 76
Pale Fire is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Pale Fire Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

36
25 93
The Defense is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Russian Novels
The Defense Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

37
20 80
Hadji Murat is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Hadji Murat Leo Tolstoy

38
16 67
Peter the First is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Peter the First Aleksey Nikolayevich Tolstoy

39
20 81
Duel is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Duel Anton Chekhov

40
19 83
Despair is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Despair Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

41
18 78
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
14 72
The little demon is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Russian Novels
The little demon Fyodor Sologub

43
14 71
The cathedral folk is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Russian Novels
The cathedral folk Nikolai Leskov

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14 71
Envy is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Envy Yury Olesha

45
18 78
Life and Fate is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Life and Fate Vasily Grossman

46
17 78
Omon Ra is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Omon Ra Victor Pelevin

47
12 68
A Common Story is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Russian Novels
A Common Story Ivan Goncharov

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12 68
Father Sergius is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Father Sergius Leo Tolstoy

49
12 69
Ada or Ardor: A Family Chronic... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Ada or Ardor: A Family Chronicle Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

50
11 66
The history of a town is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Russian Novels
The history of a town Mikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin