Fiction 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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451 134
Crime and Punishment is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
2
439 160
Anna Karenina is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Leo Tolstoy
3
341 134
The Brothers Karamazov is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
4
353 146
War and Peace is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Leo Tolstoy
5
331 144
Doctor Zhivago is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Boris Pasternak
6
274 177
Lolita is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov
7
162 132
The Idiot is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Russian Novels
stubb added Fyodor Dostoyevsky
8
161 161
The Master and Margarita is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Mikhail Bulgakov
9
171 148
One Day in the Life of Ivan De... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Russian Novels
10
140 151
Dead Souls is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Nikolai Gogol
11
141 142
The Death of Ivan Ilyich is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Russian Novels
12
138 148
Notes from Underground is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
13
117 139
Fathers and Sons is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Ivan Turgenev
14
101 139
Eugene Onegin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Aleksandr Pushkin
15
81 113
The possessed is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Russian Novels
mattpassant added Fyodor Dostoyevsky
16
69 119
Heart of a Dog is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Mikhail Bulgakov
17
59 92
Demons is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
18
65 94
essential tales of Chekhov is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Humberto Gomes added Anton Chekhov
19
70 118
We is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Yevgeny Zamyatin
20
73 115
Cancer Ward is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
21
65 114
The Gift is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov
22
69 126
A Hero of Our Time is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Mikhail Lermontov
23
45 105
And Quiet Flows the Don is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Michail Aleksandrovich Sholokhov
24
61 120
Oblomov is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Ivan Goncharov
25
44 92
The House of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Russian Novels
Fyodor Dostoyevsky