From the rich reservoir of Russian literature, take your pick
From great philosophers to great scientists, Russia has produced some exceptional gems. Among them are great literary works by Russian authors who have set a benchmark in Russian literature. From the famous Alexander Pushkin, also known as the Russian Shakespeare, to great Leo Tolstoy, Russian literature has profound authors to no end depicting profound ideas, storytelling abilities, and literary works that people have resonated over time with easily. Here is presenting a list of some profound Russian authors you must read at least once in your lifetime.
A novelist, short story writer, essayist, and journalist, Fyodor Dostoevsky is known for his literary works exploring the human condition in the disturbing social and spiritual atmospheres of 19th-century of Russia. The author often in his writings also engages in a variety of philosophical and religious themes. Dostoevsky’s most acclaimed works are Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, Demons, and The Brothers Karamazov. Another of his 1864 novella, titled Notes from Underground, is considered to be one of the first works of existentialist literature. His books have been translated into more than 170 languages.
A novelist, short story writer, and playwright, Nikolai Gogol was one of the first writers to use the techniques of surrealism and the grotesque in his narrations. Most of the early writings of Gogol were influenced by his Ukrainian upbringing, Ukrainian culture, and folklore, while his later writings satirized the political corruption in the Russian Empire. A golden name in the history of Russian literature, a few of his works are The Nose, Viy, The Overcoat, NevskyProspekt, Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka, The Government Inspector, Dead Souls, TarasBulba, play Marriage, short stories Diary of a Madman, The Tale of How Ivan Ivanovich Quarreled with Ivan Nikiforovich, The Portrait, and The Carriage.
A writer, medical doctor, and playwright, Mikhail Bulgakov is best known for The Master and Margarita, which was published posthumously. This book of Bulgakov is called one of the masterpieces of the 20th century. Some of his other novels are The White Guard (also called Belaya gvardiya), plays Ivan Vasilievich, Flight (also called The Run), The Days of the Turbins, Notes of a Young Doctor, among others.
A few other must-read Russian authors are Ivan Turgenev, Anna Akhmatova, Mikhail Lermontov, Leo Tolstoy, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Vladimir Nabokov, Anton Chekhov, and Ivan Bunin.