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Question Russian literature or literature about Russia...?

No, don't say "War and Peace".

Yes, other than that... please suggest to me some Russian literature.

Preferably, a novel but I don't mind plays either, and preferably set during or before the Russian Revolution.

Would prefer family stories or romances, but has to have a strong female character. Like it can't be just a story about men.

Thanks if anyone literature fans, Russians or curious bypassers can help me out.




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“Crime and Punishment” by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (my all-time favorite Russian novelist and novel with no doubt )

“Anna Karenina” by Leo Tolstoy

“The Gambler” by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“The Idiot” by Fyodor Dostoyevsky


and many more…
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“Crime and Punishment” by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (my all-time favorite Russian novelist and novel with no doubt )

“Anna Karenina” by Leo Tolstoy

“The Gambler” by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“The Idiot” by Fyodor Dostoyevsky


and many more…
Thanks but I'm looking for non-classics, I know about and have read some of them.

Especially literature that's recent or not that well known would be good.




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Oh yes, it’s probably because I prefer reading classics more. But as you implied Russian posters would be a lot more helpful as far as more recent novels are concerned. Have fun with your reading!
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Well, my parents just got back from Moscow with a novel by Ludmila Ulitskaya. They brought "Sonechka : A Novella And Stories" but here are all of her books that have been translated into English -
http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/...363929-9895865 Apparently, she's great and won the Russian Booker Prize (whatever that means now), but it might be just the sort of thing you are looking for.

You might also like this book, but I found it randomly by looking at that website (which I got to by searching for info on Ulitskaya), so check out the page and the website (might be useful, because it has other titles by modern Russian writers) -

http://www.russianpress.com/glas/glas%2022.html

And here is a short description of "Sonechka..."

http://www.russianpress.com/glas/glas%2017.html




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I didn't recommend either Nabokov or Bulgakov, because I thought you might have already read their stuff, but if not, do that...




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Vladimir Sorokin's 'Obelisk'. I don't know its English title; Obelisk is the original Russian title.

In Dutch it is called De Wedstrijd (The Match). It is a collection of short, somewhat absurd stories about Russia during the Soviet regime. I only read a few, but they were quite interesting and very absurd(istic). You might like his work.

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all of chekhov's works are great.
his short stories are smart, and witty and god-damn depressing.
he's one of the best play-writers IMO, side to brecht, Ionesco and Beckett.

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all of chekhov's works are great.
his short stories are smart, and witty and god-damn depressing.
he's one of the best play-writers IMO, side to brecht, Ionesco and Beckett.
Chekhov is great, but I thought he was maybe too well-known as well. Sorry about not replying to your PM, btw - I've been a little tired, but I will soon.




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all of chekhov's works are great.
his short stories are smart, and witty and god-damn depressing.
he's one of the best play-writers IMO, side to brecht, Ionesco and Beckett.
Eugène Ionesco is a great playwright. I also think Voltaire is a good one. But Ionesco's La cantatrice chauve is really witty. Le théatre de l'Absurde is a great genre in French literature, IMO. This also includes Samuel Beckett, cause he wrote Waiting for Godot in French as a foreign writer. The original title is En attendant Godot.

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Eugène Ionesco is a great playwright. I also think Voltaire is a good one. But Ionesco's La cantatrice chauve is really witty. Le théatre de l'Absurde is a great genre in French literature, IMO. This also includes Samuel Beckett, cause he wrote Waiting for Godot in French as a foreign writer. The original title is En attendant Godot.
becky was a wierd one.
irish man teaching french, writing in french but running back home every few years to write.
i really like him i have alot of plays, i enjoy the genre.

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Its a classic, but I would recommend Bulgakov's "Master and Margerita" an original and one of the best books I have ever read

I don't really like most of the contemporary stuff.

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WTAWorld these days is running smart ads (The ad in this thread links to "Anna Karenina" essays) or is it the threads that became smarter to match the ads?

Anyways, last two books I read were Russian, no, not Russian , but translated from Russian. Pretty good books, but they are about Soviet Russia (published in the 50's and 60's ) so I don't know if they are recent enough:
- "One day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich", b Alexander solzhenistin(sp?)
- "The master and margarita", by Mikhael Bulkagov

For family saga set during the early days of the revolution with a strong female character, may be you might want to try "Dr Zhivago" by Boris Pasternak - only watched the movie but I heard the book is pretty good too.

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I didn't recommend either Nabokov or Bulgakov, because I thought you might have already read their stuff, but if not, do that...
Nabokov is freaking hard to read, I started both "Lolita" and "Pale Fire" by him, but gave them up quickly because I can't make head or tail out of the stories.
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Nabokov is freaking hard to read, I started both "Lolita" and "Pale Fire" by him, but gave them up quickly because I can't make head or tail out of the stories.
I've never actually read any of his books. So much for being Russian. But then I haven't read in ages, literally.

From modern writers, Ludmila Petrushevskaya is good, but I don't know if her stuff has been translated.




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