5 Humorous Russian Books You Should Read

Do you like to read books? Among the many genres that exist in the book, what genre that you really like?

Have you ever read a book with the humor genre? Or it could be that instead become one of your favorite book genres. If you like reading humorous genre books, of course you have your favorite book titles and writers, right?

Do you know if there is a book with a humorous genre that is famous in Russia? If you don’t know it yet, let’s look at humorous Russian books you should read.

The genre of humor in a book is often the favorite genre of readers. Through that genre, readers will be amused by the description of a funny character or perhaps through a funny story in the book. Although each person’s sense of humor is often different, there are many humorous books that people like.

So is with Russia. In Russia there are a lot of writers who are famous with their great books. One of the things that people often talk about is a story in a book that has a humorous genre. In order for you to know more about Russian humor books, this article will discuss about 5 humorous Russian books you should read.

  • The Tale of How Ivan Ivanovich Quarreled with Ivan Nikiforovich (1835)

The Tale of How Ivan Ivanovich Quarreled with Ivan Nikiforovich is a short story written by the famous Russian writer Nikolai Gogol. This story was published in 1835. Another title from “The Tale of How Ivan Ivanovich Quarreled with Ivan Nikiforovich” is famous in English, namely The Squabble. This story is included in the compilation of Mirgorod’s story. This story has become a movie in March 2002.

The Tale of How Ivan Ivanovich Quarreled with Ivan Nikiforovich tells the story of two friends named Ivan Ivanovich and Ivan Nikiforovich who fight with each other. Ivan in the name of both of them is not a family name. The Two Ivan had a fight because Ivanovich refused Nikiforovich’s offer then Nikiforovich called his friend a “goose”. That really offended him. The police had made a party to reconcile The Two Ivan. The police effort should succeed if the word “goose” does not reappear between the two. Finally, the party ended with both returning hostile.

  • The Government Inspector (1836)

The Government Inspector is a short story written by Nikolai Gogol. This story was first published in 1836, which was later revised in 1842 for the drama version. The Government Inspector has another title known by the people as The Inspector General.

The story in The Government Inspector will tell about satire of human greed, political corruption in the Russian Empire, as well as ignorance. This story is about a city full of officials who commit corruption. The officials knew that there would be an Inspector General who would come to their city to inspect the officials. Feeling scared to death, officials were scrambling to try to cover up the corruption which they did and then fix it before inspectors arrived in their city. The Government Inspector is the most dramatic satire story of Nikolai Gogol. Readers or drama lovers will be treated to a glimpse of human errors and failure.


  • The Nose (1836)

The Nose is a short story written by Nikolai Gogol. This story was first published in 1836. The Nose is also known as The Hoc. This short story containing satire was written when Nikolai Gogol lived in St. Petersburg. The Nose was first published in The Contemporary.

The Nose tells the story of surrealism about a nose that left its face to begin its own life. The owner of the “nose” named Kovalyov was shocked when he woke up without a nose on his face. Then Kovalyov knew that his nose had a better life and surpassed him. There are also those who say that The Nose was written because of Nikolai Gogol’s experience because his nose was oddly shaped and often made a joke by people.

  • The Twelve Chairs (1928)

The Twelve Chairs is a classic satirical novel written by Ilf and Petrov. This novel was first published in 1928. The storyline of The Twelve Chairs is about the characters in the story who try to get jewelry. Jewelry belonging to a family was hidden in a chair. The Twelve Chairs have been adapted into films.

The Twelve Chairs is a short novel. Even so, all the important events in the story under the spotlight. In this novel there are many satires, sharp highlights, even irony despite soft irony.

So, this story came from someone who gets a message from the mother-in-law before she died if she had hidden her family’s jewelry on a chair. Someone must look for the family’s jewelry. What was quite confusing was that one of the chairs was among twelve chairs in the dining room. The chairs were turned out to have been taken away by the Communists after the Russian Revolution.


  • Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka (1831-1832)

Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka is a compilation of short stories written by Nikolai Gogol in 1829 until 1832. The compilation of short stories was published in 1831 until 1832. Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka has appeared in numerous magazines and has also been published in book form. The stories that exist in the Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka are inspired by memories of Nikolai Gogol’s childhood.

Compilation of stories in Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka made in two volumes. The first volume was published in 1831. In the Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka volume one, there are four short story titles are The Fair at Sorochyntsi; St John’s Eve; May Night, or the Drowned Maiden; and The Lost Letter: A Tale Told by The Sexton of the N … Church.

While the second volume of Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka was published in 1832. In volume two there are also four short story titles, namely Christmas Eve; A Teribble Vengeance; Ivan Fyodorovich Shponka and His Aunt; and A Bewitched Place.

I hope this article can really help you to find out the 5 humorous Russian books you should read.

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