13 Popular Russian Books To Read During Your Holiday

twelve chairsSince the 19th century, Russian literature has gained international fame and recognition. Therefore, Indeed, if you’re spending your holiday in Russia or are thinking about knowing more about the country through written works.

Here are some popular Russian Books to accompany you during your holiday.

1. Alexander Pushkin – Boris Godunov

Anyone coming to Moscow and wonders how the place would look like can definitely use this book as a reference. Moreover, it displays the differences of Moscow today of Famous Landmarks In Red Square and surrounding luxury shops, restaurants and tourist attraction where four centuries ago this square was a place of both public executions and disputes.

The brilliant Alexander Pushkin one of the Freaking Great Russian Authors You Must Read write the plot of how the Time of Troubles came to Russia in this book.

2. Mikhail Bulgakov – The Master and Margarita

This masterpiece is one of the Muscovites most favorite novels that has all the elements of a must reading material from the Greatest Russian Novels Everyone Should Read. Take a stroll to Patriarch’s Ponds among the popular bars where the novel begins. A simple story with a twist of a man visits Moscow and his meeting with a beautiful woman. Moreover, the book is one of the Romantic Russian Books That Are Perfect For Woman To Read.

3. Nikolai Gogol – Petersburg stories

There are many Uniques Russian Things In St. Petersburg as the second largest city in Russia after Moscow. It has led writers to live and create their best stories based on the grey urban landscape of Saint Petersburg.

Nikolai Gogol beside writing some of the most Enjoyable Russian Short Stories You Need To Read as an introductory of Russian Literature.

  • Nevsky Prospect depicts characters that you might meet on the Saint Petersburg main street.
  • The Overcoat, a story of a poor state worker with typical Petersburg that distinguishes the Differences Living In Moscow And Saint Petersburg.
  • Furthermore, the phantasmagoric Nose gives a humorous feature of the city friendly vibe.

4. The Twelve Chairs by Ilya Ilf and Evgeny Petrov 

Traveling through Russia and spending your holidays can be even greater with accompany of a good book. Reading The Twelve Chairs that tells about frauds traveling across Russia looking for chairs that are said to have diamonds hidden inside. Is both refreshing and entertaining. Furthermore, if you don’t have time to read you can enjoy the many Soviet Historical Soviet Movie You Should Watch to get to know Russia better.

5. Ivan Bunin – Collection of Stories

We can imagine that many foreign men are wondering on How To Make A Russian Woman Fall In Love With You by taking inspiration from some of the Steamiest Russian Romance Books That Everyone Must Read. Ivan Bunin creates several sweet light romantic books perfect as your holiday buddy.

  • The Clean Monday tells the story of a woman and a man with a passionate and silent love affair.
  • Caucasus, Dark Avenues, a short story is also another of his works that worth your attention.
  • Light breathing, a story with an extremely touching storyline and shows what a Russian woman is ready to do for love.

6. Vladimir Nabokov – Speak. Memory

This autobiography of the same author that writes Lolita, one of the most intelligent Russian writers. it is a rare book that highlights a life that changed during the turbulent times of Revolution and Civil War. It tells the story of an ordinary nobleman was brought up and educated.

Nothing like a good autobiography to the inspired traveler to go back in time and imagine how the Russian life and people intertwined.

7. Lazar Lagin – The Old Genie Khottabych

This story is another option besides Russian Bedtime Stories For Children that is unknown abroad and among Brilliant Russian Books You Probably Haven’t Hear Or Read before. It tells how the pioneer Volka found a magic lamp with a genie.

8. The Time: Night – Lyudmila Petrushevskaya

Nothing like a love story to spend your holiday in Russia. A heart wrenching intimate struggle of one woman endures poverty-stricken circumstances. it focuses on Anna a self-sacrificing ‘babushka’ to her errant children.  Petrushevskaya’s work is beautifully written with a sharp wit and sardonic social commentary.

9. The Five Daughter of the Moon by Leena Likitalo

A snowglobe life along through snowy mountains reminiscent of Russia. A fierce shake with the Five Daughters of the Moon, fleeing for their lives as the Crescent Empire threatens to crumble in the face of a revolution. This Leena Likitalo’s Waning Moon duology takes readers’ journey in an idealized wintry wonderland.

10. Petersburg, Andrei Bely

You cant go to Saint Petersburg and not reading this book. It is one of few books to read in college with unbelievable the language, and amazing portray of the city. Many consider it as one of the most important Russian modernist works of the 20th century.

11. The Secret History of Moscow, Ekaterina Sedia

Nothing like a little of fantasy tale that imagines Moscow in bustling blue-collar grime and glory with magic and myths. The book is nothing like any other Recommended Russian Historical Fiction Books that you have ever read. It combines many common Russian novel elements with extra spices.


12. The Aviator by Eugene Vodolazkin

Another work from Vodolazkin book that received many awards that tell the story of a hero frozen in the Solovki gulag camp. He walks in modern-day St. Petersburg and notices that even the smells changes. The story depicts the city so well and takes the reader to a journey back in time that keeps going back and forth. You can help to want to visit Saint Petersburg afterward.

13. The Girl from the Metropol Hotel by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya 

This book reveals the writer life as she spends her days in hotel rooms overseeing the city. Ludmila Petrushevskaya unravels many Facts Of The Kremlin Armory Museum In Moscow, and the surrounding areas particularly the historical Metropol Hotel where the Bolsheviks once lived in some of the rooms. This book combines memoir and fiction as a writing journey as a replacement to the interview that she hasn’t given to media for almost 20 years or works.

Russia is a land of stories and rich with Tzar, Lenin and the revolution, Sputnik era, Laika, and Gagarin. With stories of the past, and modern retold in such a way that justified the Russian literature that exists today. Opening to any of books about Russia is both entertaining and educating. Moreover, it is another Effective Ways Learning Russian language Even If You Never Get Fluent and material as  Advice To Do Backpack Traveling To Russia holiday.

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