Best sellers in russian literature

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Book recommendations have been popular with our Lifetime Learning Thoughts From the Lawn followers, và this reprint of Andy Kaufman‘s newsletter article gives more titles khổng lồ add to your reading các mục. Mr. Kaufman is a lecturer in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures in the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at the University of khudothi-kingbay.com. He is the author of Give War & Peace a Chance: Tolstoyan Wisdom in Troubled Times (2015) and the creator of the University class Books Behind Bars: Life, Literature, and Leadership. 

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Ten Russian Novels You Need To Read To Be a Better Human

By Andrew D. Kaufman–August 15, 2018

As President Trump & Vladimir Putin get chummy amid political turmoil at trang chính, serious accusations of Russian interference in the 2016 election, và a general sense of social malaise in both countries, Americans & Russians alượt thích have a lot to lớn think about these days.

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Both nations would bởi well to get beyond their ideological differences & follow the example of generations of readers, who in troubled times have sầu turned to Russian literary masterpieces for solace, insight, & inspiration. In fact, given the current state of the world, we all could benefit from following that example.

Russian Lit Classics

All of these ten works of fiction below are acknowledged classics of Russian literature. With the possible exception of Ulitskaya’s The Funeral Party, published only recently, all of these books have stood the chạy thử of time. What they also have sầu in common are great stories, artistic prowess và originality, & the capađô thị to lớn engage readers in deep, personal reflection about life’s most important questions. These books will make you think and feel and grow as a human being.

“Read the best books first,” Henry David Thoreau once admonished, “or you may not have a chance khổng lồ read them at all.”

So, here they are, some of the best Russian books I suggest you read first:

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Euren Onegin (1833) by Alexander PushkinIn this lesser-known masterpiece of Russian fiction, Alexander Pushkin combines an engrossing love story, an encyclopedia of early 19th-century Russian life, and one of the wittiest social satires ever penned. And he does so entirely in verse! At once playful and serious, ironic and passionate, this novel in verse is the starting point for most college survey classes on modern Russian literature, because in it Pushkin creates the template for nearly all of the themes, character types, and literary techniques that future Russian writers would build upon. It’s no accident that Pushkin is often dubbed the father of modern Russian literature, và Eugen Onegin is considered his most representative work.

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A Hero of Our Time (1840) by Mikhail LermontovOften referred khổng lồ as Russia’s “first psychological novel,” A Hero of Our Time tells the tale of Pechorin, a young, charismatic, womanizing rebel without a cause, who has fascinated & disturbed readers for more than a century and a half. The novel consists of five sầu interlinked stories that delve sầu inlớn Pechorin’s complex soul from multiple perspectives. The result is an unforgettable portrait of Russian literature’s first antinhân vật, who leaves a wake of destruction in his path, even as he charms and fascinates characters & readers alike.

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Fathers và Sons (1862) by Ivan TurgenevThis deeply felt and poetic novel subtly captures the social & familial conflicts that were emerging in the early 1860s, a time of great social upheaval in Russia. The book phối off a journalistic firestorm with its powerful portrayal of Bazarov, a steely-eyed và passionate young nihicác mục who is as recognizable today as he was in Turgenev’s time.

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War and Peace (1869) by Leo TolstoyOften hailed by critics as the greathử nghiệm novel ever written, this epic tale traces the fortunes of five aristocratic families living through Russia’s wars with Napoleon at the beginning of the 19th century. War và Peace is many things: a love story, a family saga, & a war novel, yet at its core, it is a book about people trying lớn find their footing in a ruptured world and about humans trying lớn create a meaningful life for themselves in a country torn apart by war, social change, và spiritual confusion. At once an urgent moral compass và a celebration of the deep joy of living, Tolstoy’s epic is also the Russian classic for our time.

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The Brothers Karamazov (1880) by Fyodor DostoevskyIn this emotionally and philosophically intense story of patricide and family rivalry, Dostoevsky explores as deeply as any Russian writer has the themes of faith, evil, & meaning. The novel describes the different worldviews of the three Karamazov brothers—the monastic Alyosha, the sensual Dmitry, và the intellectual Ivan—as well as their lecherous father, whose mysterious murder và its investigation become the focal point of the riveting, final third of the novel.

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Doctor Zhivago (1959) by Boris PasternakInspired by War và Peace, this historical novel tells the tale of a poet-physician Yuri Zhivago, who struggles to lớn find his place, his profession, và his artistic voice amid the turmoil of the Russian Revolution. A masterpiece of evocative prose as beautiful as the Russian countryside it depicts, Doctor Zhivago takes readers on a journey of love, pain, và redemption through some of the harshest years of the 20th century.

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And Quiet Flows the Don (1959) by Mikhail SholokhovOften compared khổng lồ War & Peace, this epic historical novel traces the fate of a typical Cossaông xã family over a tumultuous 10-year period, from just before the beginning of World War I to the bloody civil war following the Russian Revolution of 1917. Early 20th-century Russian history comes alive in Sholokhov’s well-developed & relatable characters who must contkết thúc not only with a society under siege, but ill-fated romances, family feuds, & a secret past that still haunts the present.

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Life and Fate (1960) by Vasily GrossmanThis sprawling epic does for mid-20th century Soviet society what War và Peace did for 19th century Russia: It interweaves the tale of an epochal sự kiện, the horrific siege of Stalingrad during World War II, with the private stories of characters from all layers of society whose lives are violently uprooted by the forces of war, terror, & Soviet totalitarianism.

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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (1962) by Alexander SolzhenitsynThis short, harrowing, yet strangely hopeful masterpiece tells the story of a single day in the life of an ordinary Soviet labor camp inmate, of which there were tens of millions in the Soviet Union. Based on Solzhenitsyn’s personal experience as one of those prisoners, this book is authentic, full of rich detail, and devoid of sentimentality, which intensifies its powerful emotional impact.

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The Funeral Party (2002) by Lyudmila UlitskayaThis English-language debut of one of contemporary Russia’s most important novelists describes the bizarre and touching interactions aý muốn a colorful cast of Russian émigrés living in Thủ đô New York who attend the deathbed of Alik, a failed, but well-liked painter. At once quirky and trenchant, The Funeral Party explores two of the biggest “accursed questions” of Russian literature—How to live? How to lớn die?—as they play out in a tiny, muggy Manhatrã apartment in the early ’90s.


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