Russian Literature List



12th-17th C:

  • The Tale of Igor's Campaign - Anonymous (12th Century)
  • Praying of Daniel the Immured - Anonymous (13th Century)
  • Life of Alexander Nevsky - Anonymous (13th-14th Century/s)
  • Zandonschina - Unknown (14th Century)
  • Physiologist - Unknown (15th Century)
  • A Journey Beyond the Three Seas - Afanasiy Nikitin (x)
  • Synopsis - Unknown/Innokentiy Gizel (16th Century)

(English translations of some of these can be found HERE)


18th C: 

  • The Essence and Root of Worship - Alexander Susskind of Grodno
  • Poems - Ekaterina Kniazhnina
  • Fables - Ivan Crylov (x)
  • Selected Writings - Boris Kurakin
  • Selected Works - V.I Makov
  • The Comedy of Saint Catherine, Chrysanthus and Darius, Caesar Otto, Saint Evdokia - Tsarevna Natalya Alexeyevna
  • Eneida - N.P Osipov
  • Journey from St. Petersberg to Moscow - Alexander Radishchev
  • Fables, Makbet, Hamlet, Khorev, Dmitry Samozvanets - Alexander Sumarokov


19th C (the Golden Age):

Fyodor Dostoyevsky: 
(you can read most of these here

Novels/Novellas:
  • Poor Folk
  • The Double 
  • The Landlady
  • Netochka Nezvanova 
  • Uncle's Dream
  • The Village of Stepanchikovo
  • Humiliated and Insulted 
  • The House of the Dead
  • Notes from Underground
  • Crime and Punishment 
  • The Gambler
  • The Idiot
  • The Eternal Husband
  • Demons
  • The Adolescent 
  • the Brothers Karamazov

Short Stories:
  • Mr Prokharchin, 
  • Novel in Nine Letters 
  • A Jealous Husband
  • Another Man's Wife 
  • Another Man's Wife and a Husband Under the Bed 
  • A Weak Heart, Polzunkov
  • An Honest Thief
  • A Christmas Tree and a Wedding 
  • White Nights
  • A Little Hero 
  • A Nasty Story 
  • The Crocodile 
  • Bobok
  • The Heavenly Christmas Tree 
  • A Gentle Creature
  • The Peasant Marey 
  • The Dream of a Ridiculous Man

Essay Collections:
  • Winter Notes on Summer Impressions
  • A Writer's Diary  


Leo Tolstoy: (you can read most of these here)

Novels/Novellas: 
  • Childhood
  • Boyhood
  • Youth
  • Family Happiness
  • The Cossacks
  • War and Peace
  • Anna Karenina
  • The Death of Ivan Illych
  • The Kreutzer Sonata
  • Resurrection
  • The Forged Coupon
  • Hadji Murat

Short Stories: 
  • The Raid
  • The Snowstorm
  • Albert
  • Three Deaths
  • God Sees the Truth
  • But Waits
  • The Prisoner in the Caucasus
  • What Men Live By
  • Quench the Spark
  • Where Love Is, God Is
  • Ivan the Fool
  • Wisdom of Children
  • The Three Hermits
  • Promoting a Devil
  • How Much Land Does a Man Need?
  • The Grain
  • Repentance
  • Croesus and Fate
  • Kholstomer
  • A Lost Opportunity
  • Master and Man
  • Too Dear!
  • Father Sergius
  • Work, Death and Sickness
  • Three Questions
  • Alyosha the Pot
  • the Devil

Plays: 
  • The Power of Darkness
  • The Light Shines in the Darkness
  • The Fruits of Enlightenment
  • The Living Corpse


Ivan Turgenev (you can read most of these here):

Novels/Novellas: 
  • A Sportsman's Sketches
  • Rudin
  • Home of the Gentry 
  • On the Eve
  • Fathers and Sons 
  • Smoke
  • Spring Torrents
  • Virgin Soil

Short Stories: (you can read them all HERE)
  • The Diary of a Superfluous Man
  • Yakov Pasynkov
  • Faust
  • Asya
  • First Love
  • Mumu
  • King Lear of the Steppes
  • The Song of Triumphant Love
  • The Mysterious Tales 
  • The District Doctor
  • A Desperate Character
  • A Strange Story
  • Punin and Baburin
  • Old Portraits
  • The Brigalder 
  • Pyetushkov
  • A Tour in the Forest 
  • Andrei Kolosov
  • A Correspondence 
  • Clara Militch
  • Phantoms
  • The Dream
  • Poems in Prose
  • The Jew
  • The Unhappy Girl
  • The Duellist
  • Three Portraits
  • Enough
  • Knock, Knock, Knock
  • The Inn
  • Lieutenant Yergunov's Story
  • The Dog
  • The Watch
  • The Rendezvous

Plays:
  • A Rash Thing to Do
  • It Tears Where It is Thin
  • Breakfast at the Chief's
  • A Conversation on the Highway
  • Lack of Money
  • A Provincial Lady
  • Fortune's Fool
  • A Month in the Country
  • An Evening in Sorrento

Alexander Pushkin: 

  • Eugene Onegin (only verse novel)

Narrative Poems: 
  • Ruslan and Ludmila
  • The Gabrieliad
  • The Fountain of Bakhchisaray
  • The Gypsies
  • Poltava
  • The Bronze Horseman

Fairy Tales: 
  • The Tale of the Priest and of His Workman Balda
  • The Tale of Tsar Saltan
  • The Tale of the Dead Princess and the Seven Knights
  • The Tale of the Fisherman and the Fish
  • The Tale of the Golden Cockerel
Prose: 
  • The Tales of Late Ivan Petrovich Belkin
  • Dubrovsky
  • The Queen of Spades
  • The Captain's Daughter
Plays: 
  • Boris Godunov
  • A Feast in Time of Plague
  • Mozart and Salieri
  • The Stone Guest  

Mikhail Lermontov:

Novels/Novellas:
  • Princess Ligovskaya
  • A Hero of Our Time

Plays: 

  • Menschen und Leidenschaften
  • A Strange Man
  • Masquerade


  • Collected Poetry  


Nikolai Gogol:

Novels: 


  • Dead Souls
  • Taras Bulba 
Plays: 
  • The Government Inspector
  • Marriage
  • The Gamblers
  • The Order of Vladimir
  • Third Class

Short Stories: 
  • The Fair at Sorochyntsi
  • St. John's Eve
  • May Night, or the Drowned Maiden
  • Christmas Eve
  • A Terrible Vengeance
  • A Bewitched Place
  • The Old World Landowners
  • Viy
  • The Portrait
  • Nevsky Prospekt
  • Diary of a Madman
  • The Nose
  • The Carriage
  • The Overcoat

Ivan Goncharov: 

Novels: 
  • A Common Story
  • Oblomov
  • The Precipice 

Anton Chekov: 

Plays: 

  • Platonov
  • On the Harmful Effects of Tobacco
  • Swansong
  • Ivanov
  • The Bear
  • A Tragedian in Spite of Himself
  • The Wedding
  • The Wood Demon
  • A Marriage Proposal
  • The Festivities
  • The Seagull
  • Uncle Vanya
  • Three Sisters
  • the Cherry Orchard


Novellas: 

  • The Steppe
  • The Duel
  • The Story of an Unknown Man
  • Three Years
  • My Life


Short Stories: 

  • The Bet
  • Ward No. 6
  • The Black Monk
  • Rothschild's Violin
  • The Darling
  • The Lady With the Dog


Aleksey Konstantinovich: (x) 

Novels/Novellas: 
  • The Vampire
  • Prince Serebrenni
  • The Family of the Vourdalak

Plays: 
  • Don Juan
  • The Death of Ivan the Terrible (x
  • Tsar Fyodor Ioannovich (x
  • Tsar Boris 
Poetry: 
  • Vasily Shibanov 
  • John of Damascus 
  • History of the Russian State... 
  • The Dream of Councillor Popov 
  • Dragon 


19th Century Russian Poets/Other Writers: (with links to English translations that I found) 

  • Yevgeny Baratynsky (x
  • Konstantin Batyushkov (x
  • Nikolai Berg 
  • Alexander Bestuzhev 
  • Anna Bunina - Collected Works and The Inexperienced Muse 
  • Nikolai Chernyshevsky - What is to be Done? 
  • Sergey Durov - Else's Child, Publius Sirius, Khalatnik, A Novel in Notes, Auntie, A Sad Story with a Happy End
  • Furqat 
  • Nadezhda Khvoshchinskaya - The Boarding School Girl, Ursa Major
  • Lev Mei - The Tsar's Bride, The Maid of Pskov 
  • Nikolai Nekrasov (x) (x
  • Alexander Odoevsky - Saint Bernard, Collected Poetry
  • Karolina Pavlova - A Double Life, The Crone, Life Calls Us, At the Tea Table
  • Fyodor Tyutchev (poetry - x
  • Pyotr Valuyev - Lorin, Collected Works
  • Pyotr Veinberg - Grey-Coloured Melodies, Life and it's Oddities
  • Dmitry Venevitinov 
  • Zinaida Volkonskaya - The Dream: A Letter, Papers 
  • Pyotr Vyazamsky - Poetry 
  • Nikolay Yazynov - Poetry and Verse 
  • Pyotr Pavlovich - The Little Humbacked Horse, Suvorov and a Station Master, Collected Short Stories
  • Aleksey Zhemchuzhnikov - The Fantasy (co-written with Tolstoy), The Strange Night, The Madman, Selected Poems, Songs of the Old Age 

20th C: (alphabetical order): **still working on this list (I haven't read loads from the 20th Century) 

  • The Master and Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakov
  • Heart of a Dog - Mikhail Bulgakov
  • Moscow to the End of the Line - Venedikt Erofeev
  • Mother - Maxim Gorky
  • Life and Fate - Vasily Grossman
  • Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
  • Invitation to a Beheading - Vladimir Nabokov
  • Pale Fire - Vladimir Nabokov
  • The Gift - Vladimir Nabokov
  • Doctor Zhivago - Boris Pasternak
  • Omon Ra - Victor Pelevin 
  • The Time: Night - Lyudmila Petrushevskaya
  • The Foundation Pit - Andrey Platonov 
  • And Quiet Flows the Don - Mikhail Sholokhov
  • One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • Cancer Ward - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • August 1914 - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • The Gulag Archipelago - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • Roadside Picnic - Arkady Strugatsky
  • Sonechka: A Novella and Stories - Lyudmila Ulitskaya 
  • We - Yevgeny Zamyatin



21st C: 

  • Day of the Oprichnik - Vladimir Sorokin 
  • The Dream Life of Sukhanov - Olga Grushkin 
  • Envy - Yuri Olesha
  • The Secret History of Moscow - Ekaterina Sedia
  • Maidenhead - Mikhail Shishkin 
  • The Slynx - Tatiana Tolstaya
  • Sankya - Zakhar Prilepin 
  • The Stone Bridge - Alexander Terekhov 





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