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List of notable or famous novelists from Russia, with bios and photos, including the top novelists born in Russia and even some popular novelists who immigrated to Russia. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Russian novelists then this list is the perfect resource for you. These novelists are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known novelist from Russia is included when available.

List is made up of a variety of people, including Aleksandr Pushkin and Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov.

This historic novelists from Russia list can help answer the questions "Who are some Russian novelists of note?" and "Who are the most famous novelists from Russia?" These prominent novelists of Russia may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Russian novelists.

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Aleksandr Pushkin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
Dec. at 38 (1799-1837)
Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin was a Russian author of the Romantic era who is considered by many to be the greatest Russian poet and the founder of modern Russian literature. Pushkin was born ...more
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Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
Dec. at 90 (1918-2008)
Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn was a Russian novelist, historian, and critic of Soviet totalitarianism. He helped to raise global awareness of the gulag. While his writings were long ...more
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Aleksey Nikolayevich Tolstoy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
Dec. at 62 (1883-1945)
Aleksey Nikolayevich Tolstoy, nicknamed the Comrade Count, was a Russian and Soviet writer who wrote in many genres but specialized in science fiction and historical novels. He served on an ...more
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Alexander Amfiteatrov is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
Dec. at 76 (1862-1938)
Alexander Valentinovich Amfiteatrov; was a Russian writer and historian.
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Alexander Belyayev is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
Dec. at 58 (1884-1942)
Alexander Romanovich Belyaev was a Soviet Russian writer of science fiction. His works from the 1920s and 1930s made him a highly regarded figure in Russian science fiction, often referred to as ...more
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Alexander Grin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
Dec. at 52 (1880-1932)
Aleksandr Stepanovich Grinevskii was a Russian writer, notable for his romantic novels and short stories, mostly set in an unnamed fantasy land with a European or Latin American flavor. Most of ...more
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Alexander Prokhanov is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
age 81
Alexander Andreyevich Prokhanov is a Soviet and Russian writer, a member of the secretariat of the Writers Union of the Russian Federation and the author of more than 30 novels and short story ...more
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Alexandra Marinina is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
age 61
Alexandra Marinina Russian: Алекса́ндра Мари́нина is a best-selling Russian writer of detective stories.
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Andrei Bely is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
Dec. at 54 (1880-1934)
Boris Nikolaevich Bugaev, better known by the pen name Andrei Bely, was a Russian novelist, poet, theorist, and literary critic. His novel Petersburg was regarded by Vladimir Nabokov as one of ...more
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Andrei Platonov is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
Dec. at 52 (1899-1951)
Andrei Platonov was the pen name of Andrei Platonovich Klimentov, a Soviet author whose works anticipate existentialism. Although Platonov was a Communist, his works were banned in his own ...more
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Boris Akunin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
age 62
Boris Akunin is the pen name of Grigory Shalvovich Chkhartishvili, a Russian writer of Georgian origin. He is best known as writer of detective and historical fiction, but he's also an essayist ...more
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Boris Pasternak is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
Dec. at 70 (1890-1960)
Boris Leonidovich Pasternak was a Russian poet, novelist, and literary translator. In his native Russian, Pasternak's first book of poems, My Sister, Life, is one of the most influential ...more
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Boris Strugatsky is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
Dec. at 79 (1933-2012)
Boris Strugatsky was an author.
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Bulat Okudzhava is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
Dec. at 73 (1924-1997)
Bulat Shalvovich Okudzhava was a Russian poet, writer, musician, novelist, and singer-songwriter of Georgian-Armenian ancestry. He was one of the founders of the Russian genre called ...more
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Daniil Andreyev is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
Dec. at 53 (1906-1959)
Daniil Leonidovich Andreyev was a Russian writer, poet, and Christian mystic.
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Daniil Granin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
age 100
Daniil Alexandrovich Granin, original family name German, is an author born in the former Soviet Union. Granin started writing in the 1930s, while he was still an engineering student at the ...more
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Dmitri Lipskerov is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
Dmitri Lipskerov age 55
Dmitri Mikhailovich Lipskerov is a Russian writer and dramatist.
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Dmitry Merezhkovsky is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
Dec. at 76 (1865-1941)
Dmitry Sergeyevich Merezhkovsky was a Russian novelist, poet, religious thinker, and literary critic. A seminal figure of the Silver Age of Russian Poetry, regarded as a co-founder of the ...more
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Eduard Limonov is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
age 76
Eduard Limonov is Russian writer and political dissident. Founder and former leader of the banned National Bolshevik Party. An opponent of Vladimir Putin, Limonov is one of the leaders of The ...more
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Ekaterina Sedia is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
age 48
Ekaterina Sedia was born in Russia on July 9, 1970. She immigrated to the United States and attended college in New Jersey to obtain her Ph.D. She is best known as a fantasy author. Her most ...more
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Elsa Triolet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
Dec. at 74 (1896-1970)
Elsa Yur'evna Triolet, born Ella Kagan, was a French writer.
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Evgeny Shvarts is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
Dec. at 62 (1896-1958)
Evgeny Lvovich Shvarts was a Soviet writer and playwright whose cult works include twenty-five plays and screenplays for three films.
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Fyodor Dostoyevsky is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
Dec. at 60 (1821-1881)
Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky, sometimes transliterated Dostoevsky, was a Russian novelist, short story writer, essayist, journalist and philosopher. Dostoyevsky's literary works explore human ...more
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Ivan Goncharov is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
Dec. at 79 (1812-1891)
Ivan Alexandrovich Goncharov was a Russian novelist best known for his novels A Common Story, Oblomov, and The Precipice. He also served in many official capacities, including the position of ...more
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Ivan Turgenev is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
Dec. at 65 (1818-1883)
Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev was a Russian novelist, short story writer, and playwright. His first major publication, a short story collection entitled A Sportsman's Sketches, was a milestone of ...more