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The best Russian novels of all time

How the Steel Was Tempered

Most Russian novels are literary works of great value which have a deep meaning which is warmly welcomed by readers with perseverance and enduring life over time. Here, let us take a look at the best Russian novels of all time that everyone should read once in their life!

1. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy

War and Peace is one of the best Russian novels of all time that we should not ignore by author Leo Tolstoy. The novel was first published from 1865 to 1869 and up to now the values ​​and meanings in the work are still intact in the hearts of readers who love books.

The novel as an epic epic reflects the situation of Russian society in the early 19th century and its historical period before and after Napoleon’s invasion. .

Through the work, Leo Tolstoy uphold the spirit of patriotism and national pride, at the same time the author also called for the Russian national unity to fight the invader. This is the longest novel of Russia in the nineteenth century and of the world after it.

2. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky

Crime and Punishment is a Russian novel marked by Russia that once rocked the world by literary master Fyodor Dostoevsky. . This is a work of profound human value and truthfulness – goodness – beauty in social life.

This Russian novel tells the story of a poor student named Raxkônnikop, because his life is so poor and needy, he kills two old pawn girls. After harming people, his life not only was not better, but also faced a lot of torment, despair, and deadlock because he had to hide his crimes. Finally, thanks to the attention and help of those around him, he gradually realizes the true value of human love and is determined to surrender.

3. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

Anna Karenina novel by Leo Tolstoy

Another novel by Russian writer Leo Tolstoy appeared in the list of the best Russian novels of all time, that is Anna Karenina. This is a 19th century Russian novel about couple love, family happiness and the costs of betrayal and jealousy in love.

The work revolves around a love story full of tragedy and tears between the main character Anna is beautiful, rebellious and handsome military officer – Count Vronsky. Overcoming thousands of trials, lies, and deceit of a high society that loved the hypocrisy at that time, they finally received trust and came to happiness.

4. Brothers Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoevsky

The Brothers Karamazov of Russian literary master Fyodor Dostoevsky are considered one of the greatest Russian novels of world literature, and this is also the last novel of Dostoevsky.

This is a novel with profound value, bold philosophy, set in Russia in the 19th century. The novel contains human moral struggles including trust, distrust, the bondage of society at the time and ultimately faith and the freedom of the ideal.

5. The Greatest Short Stories by Anton Chekhov – Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

The Greatest Short Stories by Anton Chekhov

Until now, Anton Chekhov’s Russian The Greatest short stories novel remains one of the literary classics, one of the greatest achievements of world literature.

This is a novel written by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov with a very simple, true story about the oppressive and heavy Russian social period in the 19th century reflect the social situation of Russia at that time but also a deep humanitarian spirit and problems of great social significance.

6. How the Steel Was Tempered – Nikolai A.Ostrovsky

How the Steel Was Tempered

Indispensable in the list of the best Russian novels of all time is How the Steel Was Tempered that I like that by the great poet Nikolai A.Ostrovsky. This is not a literary work of the genre that only sees life but writes, but the author has lived with it, experienced it and then wrote it. Nikolai A.Ostrovsky wrote this work in an extremely arduous condition that was right on the hospital bed, while paralysis and blindness, illness destroyed nine-tenths of the body.

The novel praises the patriotism and love for the homeland of the main character, Pavel Korchagin, who vows to dedicate his youth and youth to the construction and defense of the country. Despite going through thousands of difficulties and trials and enduring countless difficulties, with his courageous spirit, he did not step back from those challenges.

7. Scarlet Sails – Alexander GrinScarlet Sails

The crimson sail is probably one of the Russian novels that are too famous for worldwide readers by writer Alexander Grin. This is a fascinating and romantic work with sweet, unforgettable stories but still contains a lot of deep real values in life with a simple philosophy that alf just need to live sincerely and always. Chasing dreams you will get happiness

The story is about a girl whose dream is to be proposed by a prince with a boat with a Scarlet Sails, and finally achieving that dream without a fairy or grandpa Buddha to help us to have more confidence in life.

8. My Childhood – Maxim Gorky

My Childhood

This is a Russian novel belonging to the classic line of literature that no one can argue with. The whole novel is a picture about the gray life of the Russian people at that time, including Mr. Alexei, through many events and challenges, he finally overcame his fate and still retains his character in its nice way.

The work attracts and attracts readers with a genuine storyline that makes readers like to relive the childhood memories of the author himself. The message that the author wants to send to readers is that everyone has had their childhood, no matter what, we still have to try to fight because each person can only live one life!

9. White Nights – Fyodor Dostoevsky

White Nights - Fyodor Dostoevsky

In addition to Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment and the Karamazov Brothers, White Nights are also a worthy Russian novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky. This is a novel written in a romantic romantic genre about a beautiful, sad, and pure and romantic love story in poetic white nights.

The special thing about this novel is that the whole story has only two characters, one is a 26-year-old man and the second character is a girl with a name. Two people accidentally met each other on white nights, after 5 nights of sharing and confiding in each other, the two got to know each other better and got out of their lonely world and understood that life was so interesting and  full of happiness.

10. The Amphibian – Alexander Belyaev

The Amphibian

The Amphibian is a work expressed for the unlimited thinking and imagination of scientist and writer Alexander Belyaev. This is a work that has been translated into many languages around the world.

With a fascinating and sophisticated storytelling style, Alexander Belyaev has aroused the curiosity of readers so that anyone reading this work cannot ignore any small details. The work not only talks about man’s desire to master the sea, but also praises the kind hearts, honesty, dedicated to science to save humanity and natural mother. 

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