12 Suitable Russian Books to Accompany Your Winter Break

black snowRussian winter is legendary especially during winter break where it more comfortable to stay indoors with a great book in your hand among the Possible Things You Can Do During Winter In Russia. Writers reveal their best romanticism, winter wonders in various novels and short stories.

Here are a few Iconic Russian Books To Read Before You Die that filled with the glow of snow, the bells of a speeding troika, the creaking of blades and the crunch of steps of winter.

1. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

The long winter break is the best time to finish a long thick book from one of the Freaking Great Russian Authors You Must Read. Moreover, this Russian masterpiece accomplished in this most Recommended Russian Historical Fiction Books. The novel depicts the Napoleonic era in Russia that tells about the turmoils feeling of war and the impacts of war on armies and aristocrats, husbands and wives.

2. Against the Day, by Thomas Pynchon

A glorious mess of a career of Pynchon’s longest and loosest novel floats. The Chums of Chance from the crew of a time-traveling interdimensional airship that becomes embroiled in a Western revenge story. it depicts vivid images of the Siberian disaster and the invention of thermodynamics.

3. The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Russian original existentialist darker than Crime and Punishment, but he captures a larger universe of a family whose members achieve Christly heights and Trumpian lows. The works that among the many How To Battle Your Insomnia Read These Russian Boring Books set pieces that would blow most novel out of the water due to its complex twists.

4. The Aviator by Eugene Vodolazkin

The award-winning novel life journey of a medieval Russian holy fool with the backdrop of frozen life in the Solovki gulag camp and was defrosted in the 1990s. Furthermore, the main character walks in modern-day St. Petersburg and notices the various changes. The book captures the winter and the Unique Russian Things In Saint Petersburg so well.


5. The Gray House by Mariam Petrosyan

A great Russian Bedtime Stories For Children of a Russian version of ‘Hogwarts’, a school for students with disabilities and is full of secrets and mystery. The focus of the story is a new boy investigates the house and discovers dark and even bloody pages of its history. Therefore, you can ex[ect magical underside to the house and a parallel world. A great book to accompany you kids among Activities That Russian Children Do During Holiday in the winter break.

6. Zinnobers by Elena Chizhova

Many Russian contemporary writers are looking back to those medieval times, and producing other great works beside Here Are Russian Medieval Historical Fiction and reflecting on them. Elena Chizhova investigates Soviet Leningrad and successfully portray the winter wonders in the novel Zinnobers. Chizhova turns to her native city and tells the story of a girl studying and suffering through teachers’ humiliation and acting Shakespeare that come often to inspect the Soviet Potemkin villages.

7. The Girl From The Metropol by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya 

Another great winter break book about growing up in Soviet Russia is by the 80-year-old eccentric writer. The author spent the early years of her life in a room with a view of the Bolshoi Theater. Therefore, the book also portrays the life that she recalls of her childhood, family legends, and the Stalinist purges of 1937. This book is a combination of memoir and fiction that are both light and inspiring.

8. The Rehearsals by Vladimir Sharov 

Other Brilliant Russian Books You Probably Haven’t Heard Or Read that go back into the 17th century Russia during the Patriarch Nikon time in New Jerusalem Monastery, not far from Moscow. The story focus on his plans to stage the New Testament to rehearse the second coming of Christ. However, the actors are ordinary peasants who are then replaced by their children, and so on over the next 400 years. Vladimir Sharov plays around with history that combines Tolstoy’s realism and Kafka’s absurd. Moreover, Sharov looks philosophically with the influence of the Gospel and Russia’s past. 

9. Zuleikha Opens Her Eyes by Guzel Yakhina

A great description of a woman in a small Tatar village life as a victim of pressure from both her husband and mother-in-law. Moreover, the story takes a twist as the communists kill her husband and take her to a labor camp. On the way, her prison boat sinks and all the inmates who survive end up living in a forest with no chance of rescue. The book successfully portrays the harsh Siberian winter and landscapes.

10. Black Snow by Mikhail Bulgakov

Another book that delivers Bulgakov satire works that exist in multiple translations, although it can never reach Dostoevsky’s power to spawn proliferating English versions. It tells about the main character failure to commit suicide and his journey through the theatrical world full of surreal details. The strong narrator expertise from Bulgakov’s own experience, as he presents “a slightly unsettling alternative reality that intermingles fact and fiction”.


11. Subtly Worded by Teffi

Teffi was a literary star in Russia turn-of-the-century with fans ranging from Tsar Nicholas II to Vladimir Lenin. The title story satirizes letters to Parisian émigrés from friends in Soviet Russia that describes people who “died from appetite” or led “a secluded life”. The last book from Teffi is intensely moving that highlight the Russian language, literature, and writing.

12. Soviet Space Dogs by Olesya Turkina

If war, psychology and politic books are too much and more of a solution to How To Battle Your Insomnia Read These Russian Boring Books. This great little hardback book is lighter that is dedicated to the stray dogs of Moscow who were trained and sent into space. The story focuses on Laika’s pioneering space flight in 1957 that brought her global fame and an untimely death. Olesya Turkina a senior researcher at the Russian Museum and member of The Russian Federation of Cosmonautics to write the story vivid to the reality. Turkina describes the dogs as “simultaneously real and fantastical beings” with characters in “a new kind of fairy tale”.

The variety of the Russian character manifests itself in winter of dreaminess, thoughtfulness, detachment, existing beyond the typical fairytale half-sleep. A series of the blizzard, a snowstorm, the fierce chill enhance these books, making it stronger and complete.

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