Russian literature has its roots well laid in the Middle Ages when epics and chronicles formed a major chunk of the literary circles. During the Age of Enlightenment i.e. from 1830s, Russian literature burgeoned and propelled and reached its peak. It was during this Golden age of Russian literature that novelists emerged. Nikolai Gogol was the first great Russian novelist. A preeminent figure of the literary circle, Gogol’s work had his impressionist vision of reality and people. ‘Evenings on a Farm near Dikanka’, ‘The Government Inspector’ and ‘Dead Souls are few of his early works. He was soon followed by Ivan Turgenev, a short story writer and novelist of the 19th century. Turgenev’s ‘Fathers and Sons’ is one amongst the greatest fiction novels of the 19th century. Other novels penned by this eminent litterateur include ‘On the Eve’, ‘Smoke’ and ‘Virgin Soil’. However, the biggest breakthrough of Russian novels internationally came with the works by Leo Tolstoy and Fyodor Dostoyevsky. These two novelists brought fame and recognition of Russian novels on international soil. While Tolstoy is till date regarded as the greatest authors of all time, Dostoyevsky’s literary works exploring human psychology explored a new genre in Russian literature. 20th century Russia had prominent novelists such as Aleksandr Kuprin, Leonid Andreyev and Nobel Prize winner Ivan Bunin amongst many others. Read this section to know more about Russian novelists, their life, works and timeline.
Leo TolstoyLeo Tolstoy
09 September 1828
 
Alexander PushkinAlexander Pushkin
06 June 1799
Poet

Aleksandr Isayevich SolzhenitsynAleksandr Solzhenitsyn
11 December 1918
Author

Vladimir NabokovVladimir Nabokov
22 April 1899
Novelist

Maxim GorkyMaxim Gorky
28 March 1868
Writer & Dramatist

Boris PasternakBoris Pasternak
10 February 1890
Poet & Writer
Mikhail BulgakovMikhail Bulgakov
15 May 1891
Novelist

Ivan TurgenevIvan Turgenev
09 November 1818
Novelist

Ivan BuninIvan Bunin
22 October 1870
Writer
Nikolai GogolNikolai Gogol
01 April 1809
Playwright

Eduard LimonovEduard Limonov
22 February 1943
Writer, Dissident, Politician, Poet, Human rights
Mikhail SholokhovMikhail Sholokhov
24 May 1905
Novelist

Boris AkuninBoris Akunin
20 May 1956
Writer, Translator, Historian, Science fiction

Boris SavinkovBoris Savinkov
31 January 1879
Revolutionary

Yevgeny YevtushenkoYevgeny Yevtushenko
18 July 1932
Poet

Nikolay ChernyshevskyNikolay Chernyshevsky
12 July 1828
philosopher, novelist, writer, literary critic
Alexandra TolstayaAlexandra Tolstaya
18 June 1884
writer

Bulat OkudzhavaBulat Okudzhava
09 May 1924
Screenwriter, Poet, Actor, Singer, Writer,

Nikolai LeskovNikolai Leskov
16 February 1831
Novelist

Sergei LukyanenkoSergei Lukyanenko
11 April 1968
Science fiction writer
Sofia KovalevskayaSofia Kovalevskaya
15 January 1850
Mathematician

Andrei BelyAndrei Bely
26 October 1880
Novelist
Nikolay NekrasovNikolay Nekrasov
10 December 1821
Poet

Lyudmila UlitskayaLyudmila Ulitskaya
21 February 1943
Writer

Vasily AksyonovVasily Aksyonov
20 August 1932
Novelist
Nikolai OstrovskyNikolai Ostrovsky
29 September 1904
Writer

Vladimir VoinovichVladimir Voinovich
26 September 1932
Author
Mikhail ZoshchenkoMikhail Zoshchenko
10 August 1894
Author

Henri TroyatHenri Troyat
01 November 1911
Novelist, biographer, historian

Boris PilnyakBoris Pilnyak
11 October 1894
Writer
Fazil IskanderFazil Iskander
06 March 1929
Writer

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Anatoly RybakovAnatoly Rybakov
14 January 1911
Author
Anatoly KuznetsovAnatoly Kuznetsov
18 August 1929
Writer

Jerzy AndrzejewskiJerzy Andrzejewski
19 August 1909
Author

Vladimir KorolenkoVladimir Korolenko
27 July 1853
Writer

Nina BerberovaNina Berberova
26 July 1901
Writer
Ilya IlfIlya Ilf
15 October 1897
Journalist
Viktor AstafyevViktor Astafyev
01 May 1924
Author

Yury OleshaYury Olesha
03 March 1899
Novelist

Micha Josef BerdyczewskiMicha Josef Berdyczewski
07 August 1865
Author

Aleksey RemizovAleksey Remizov
06 July 1877
Writer
Mark AldanovMark Aldanov
07 November 1886
Writer

Vladimir DudintsevVladimir Dudintsev
29 July 1918
Writer

Vladimir BogorazVladimir Bogoraz
27 April 1865
Writer

Fanny LewaldFanny Lewald
21 March 1811
Author

Maria KuncewiczowaMaria Kuncewiczowa
30 October 1895
Writer
Valentin KatayevValentin Katayev
28 January 1897
Novelist