Many of the most globally appreciated and awarded books ever published are from Russian authors. Many have been translated into numerous languages (Constance Garnett is a famous translator), and the writing style is what makes them so interesting to read. I have red a few by these amazing authors, and now refuse to read anything else! Read below to learn about the most famous Russian authors, and their most known works.
Leo Tolstoy was born in September 1828, and died in November 1910. He was born in Yasnaya Polyana, Russia. Most people know him by his most famous work, War and Peace. Some say it is the best book ever written. War and Peace is approximately 1,225 pages long! When Tolstoy was very young, his parents died. His mother before he was even two years old. He was sent to Kazan to be taken care of. He remembers one of his cousins as a very influential person in his life, and later wrote letters to her. His first book, called Childhood, (1852) was a story similar to his tragic childhood. He joined the army with his older brother and fought in the Crimean War. War and Peace, his most famous book, is about the Napoleonic Wars, philosophical essays, and character descriptions. His second most famous book is Anna Karenina, written in 1873. After writing this book, Tolstoy felt he could not wield life without meaning, and decided to become religious. He became Christian but argued with the actions of the Russian Orthodox Church, and he was excommunicated in 1901.
Fyodor Dostoevsky is widely known for his truly fascinating book, Crime and Punishment (and The Brothers Karamazov, as well as countless others). He lived from 1821-1881, and was born in Moscow, Russia. Fyodor Dostoevsky is known for writing dark books with characters who have queer intentions, such as murder or suicide. Dostoevsky had epilepsy, which influenced the characters in his novel The Idiot. His first novel was written in 1846, and is called Poor Folk. After lending a copy of his books to friends, they told him he is 'the next Nikolai Gogol' and were surprised by his writing talent. Dostoevsky lived a tragic and dangerous life. He joined secret groups that talked about illegal propaganda, Utopian socialism, and revolution. In 1849, he and his group members were arrested. He spent 8 months in prison in Siberia, but then one day without warning he was taken to a place called Semyonovsky Square. He was to be executed. Right at the moment when he was going to be shot, a man ran up and said the Czar said to spare his life. This influenced many of his works, including Crime and Punishment. Crime and Punishment is about 530 pages long, and, personally, is my favorite book. The main character, Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov, is an unemployed college-age former student who is very poor. He believes himself to be 'extraordinary' and therefore gives himself the right to transgress societal law. He goes to murder a pawn broker and her sister, and the remainder of the book is his troubles with the crime, slowly showing how he slips into mental insanity, and the ending is unexpected as well. I recommend it.