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Travel the world without leaving your chair. The target of the Read Around The World Challenge is to read at least one book written by an author from each and every country in the world. All books that are listed here as part of the "Read Around Europe Challenge" were written by authors from Russia. Find a great book for the next part of your reading journey around the world from this book list. The following popular books have been recommended so far.

The Death of Ivan Ilyich

The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy EN

Rating: 4     46 Votes
Country: Europe / Russia flag Russia
A middle-aged judge who had never thought about his own mortality, must readjust his thinking when he learns he has a terminal illness
Recommended: 05 Jan 2023

The Gambler

The Gambler by Fyodor Dostoevsky EN

0 Ratings
Country: Europe / Russia flag Russia


The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine : A Novel by Alina Bronsky EN

Rating: 4     18 Votes
Country: Europe / Russia flag Russia
“In this acidly funny novel” of life in Soviet Russia, “a cruel comic romp ends as a surprisingly winning story of hardship and resilience” (The New Yorker). A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year A German Book Award Finalist A Huffington Post and Wall Street Journal Favorite Read of the Year When Rosa Achmetowna discovers that her seventeen-year-old daughter, Sulfia, is pregnant, she tries every bizarre home remedy there is to thwart the pregnancy. But despite her best efforts, the baby girl Aminat is born—and immediately wins Rosa’s heart. The dark-eyed Aminat is a Tartar through and thro... continue
Genre Humor
Recommended: 20 Feb 2022


The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov EN

Rating: 4.6     19 Votes
Country: Europe / Russia flag Russia
(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed) From the Hardcover edition.
Genre Satire
Recommended: 01 Jul 2022


The Secret History of Moscow by Ekaterina Sedia EN

Rating: 3     13 Votes
Country: Europe / Russia flag Russia
Just released from a mental hospital, Galina, a young translator and recovering schizophrenic, doesn't quite believe her eyes when her pregnant sister abruptly gives birth and changes into a fleeing jackdaw. Yet others across the city witness similar transformations, including Yakov, a neighborhood detective assigned to investigate a disturbing epidemic of missing-person cases. When street artist Fyodor stumbles on a surprising clue to the avian mystery, Galina and Yakov follow him through a magic portal visible only in window reflections and into an underground world of forgotten misfits and ... continue
Recommended: 09 Apr 2022


There Once Lived a Girl Who Seduced Her Sister's Husband, and He Hanged Himself: Love Stories by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya EN

Rating: 3     12 Votes
Country: Asia / Russia flag Russia
Love stories, with a twist, by Russia’s preeminent contemporary fiction writer—the author of the prizewinning memoir about growing up in Stalinist Russia, The Girl from the Metropol Hotel By turns sly and sweet, burlesque and heartbreaking, these realist fables of women looking for love are the stories that Ludmilla Petrushevskaya—who has been compared to Chekhov, Tolstoy, Beckett, Poe, Angela Carter, and even Stephen King—is best known for in Russia. Here are attempts at human connection, both depraved and sublime, by people across the life span: one-night stands in communal apartments, poign... continue
Recommended: 01 Nov 2022


War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy EN

Rating: 4     4 Votes
Country: Europe / Russia flag Russia
Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read Often called the greatest novel ever written, War and Peace is at once an epic of the Napoleonic Wars, a philosophical study, and a celebration of the Russian spirit. Tolstoy’s genius is seen clearly in the multitude of characters in this massive chronicle—all of them fully realized and equally memorable. Out of this complex narrative emerges a profound examination of the individual’s place in the historical process, one that makes it clear why Thomas Mann praised Tolstoy for his Homeric powers and placed War and ... continue
Recommended: 24 Apr 2022


We by Yevgeny Zamyatin EN

0 Ratings
Country: Europe / Russia flag Russia
Recommended: 26 Jan 2023


We the Living by Ayn Rand EN

Rating: 4.5     16 Votes
Country: Europe / Russia flag Russia
Traces the impact of the Russian Revolution on three people who try to challenge the new regime
Recommended: 15 Jul 2022


White Nights by Fyodor Dostoyevsky EN

Rating: 5     2 Votes
Country: Europe / Russia flag Russia
'My God! A whole minute of bliss! Is that really so little for the whole of a man's life?' A poignant tale of love and loneliness from Russia's foremost writer. One of 46 new books in the bestselling Little Black Classics series, to celebrate the first ever Penguin Classic in 1946. Each book gives readers a taste of the Classics' huge range and diversity, with works from around the world and across the centuries - including fables, decadence, heartbreak, tall tales, satire, ghosts, battles and elephants.
Recommended: 06 Oct 2022

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