From the world’s most reading nation emerge writers and litterateurs who with their plethora of literary works have left an indelible mark on the world literature. Does this leave you confused? Well, it is Russia and Russian writers that we are talking about. Fourth largest book producer in the world, Russia is home to five Nobel laureates in Literature and address of many eminent novelists and short story writers. It roots in literature can be traced back to the Middle Age. The 19th century saw the boom of the Golden era of Russian literature when romanticism was at its zenith. Nikolai Gogol became the first greatest Russian novelist who was followed by Nikolai Leskov, Ivan Turgenev and Mikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin. While prose flourished at its steepest best, it was not until the emergence of Ivan Goncharov, Leo Tolstoy and Fyodor Dostoyevsky and their works that Russian literature gained international fame. Their works were characterized by well-conceived plot, powerful characters, crisp story and a brilliant disposition of events in the life of the protagonists and characters. The 20th century Russia saw the likes of Aleksandr Kuprin, Ivan Bunin, Aleksey Remizov and Dmitry Merezhkovsky producing some of the exceptionally excellent Russian literature. With this segment, explore the life and works of famous Russian writers.
Ayn RandAyn Rand
02 February 1905
Writer
Leon TrotskyLeon Trotsky
07 November 1879
Politician

Leo TolstoyLeo Tolstoy
09 September 1828
 

Aleksandr Isayevich SolzhenitsynAleksandr Solzhenitsyn
11 December 1918
Author

Anton ChekhovAnton Chekhov
29 January 1860
 

Vladimir NabokovVladimir Nabokov
22 April 1899
Novelist
Alexander PushkinAlexander Pushkin
06 June 1799
Poet

Boris PasternakBoris Pasternak
10 February 1890
Poet & Writer

Maxim GorkyMaxim Gorky
28 March 1868
Writer & Dramatist
Fyodor DostoevskyFyodor Dostoevsky
11 November 1821
Russian novelist

Oleg GordievskyOleg Gordievsky
10 October 1938
Secret Agent
Mikhail BulgakovMikhail Bulgakov
15 May 1891
Novelist

Menachem Mendel SchneersonMenachem Mendel Schneerson
18 April 1902
Rabbi

Ivan TurgenevIvan Turgenev
09 November 1818
Novelist

Joseph BrodskyJoseph Brodsky
24 May 1940
Essayist & Poet

Alexander BerkmanAlexander Berkman
21 November 1870
Editor
Mikhail LomonosovMikhail Lomonosov
19 November 1711
Scientist, Poet, Geologist, Astronomer

Ivan BuninIvan Bunin
22 October 1870
Writer

Alexander HerzenAlexander Herzen
06 April 1812
Father of Russian socialism

Yanka KupalaYanka Kupala
07 July 1882
Poet
Aleksandr PushkinAleksandr Pushkin
06 June 1799
poet,novelist

Vladimir KramnikVladimir Kramnik
25 June 1975
Chess player, Writer
Nikolai GogolNikolai Gogol
01 April 1809
Playwright

Viktor TsoiViktor Tsoi
21 June 1962
Poet, Actor, Singer, Guitarist, Composer,

Gala DalíGala Dalí
07 September 1894
Poet
Alexey LeonovAlexey Leonov
30 May 1934
Aviator, Astronaut, Painter, Writer, Fighter

Vladimir MayakovskyVladimir Mayakovsky
19 July 1893
Poet
Viktor KorchnoiViktor Korchnoi
23 March 1931
Chess player, Writer

Eugene MirmanEugene Mirman
24 July 1974
Comedian

Nicholas RoerichNicholas Roerich
09 October 1874
Philosopher, Painter, Choreographer, Writer,
Anna AkhmatovaAnna Akhmatova
23 June 1889
Writer, Translator, Literary critic, Poet

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Vladimir BukovskyVladimir Bukovsky
30 December 1942
Writer, Human rights activist
Sergei YeseninSergei Yesenin
21 September 1895
poet, writer

Mikhail LermontovMikhail Lermontov
15 October 1814
writer

Vladimir VysotskyVladimir Vysotsky
25 January 1938
Singer-songwriter

Maya DerenMaya Deren
29 April 1917
Filmmaker
Hayim Nahman BialikHayim Nahman Bialik
09 January 1873
Writer
Arkady StrugatskyArkady Strugatsky
28 August 1925
Author

Alexander BogdanovAlexander Bogdanov
22 August 1873
Physician

Eduard LimonovEduard Limonov
22 February 1943
Writer, Dissident, Politician, Poet, Human rights

Taras ShevchenkoTaras Shevchenko
 
Vladimir ProppVladimir Propp
29 April 1895
anthropologist, linguist, writer, university

Dima BilanDima Bilan
24 December 1981
Singer-songwriter, Singer, Composer, Poet, Model

Natalia PushkinaNatalia Pushkina
27 August 1812
Russian poet

Nâzım HikmetNâzım Hikmet
15 January 1902
Poet

Chinghiz AitmatovChinghiz Aitmatov
12 December 1928
Author
Osip MandelstamOsip Mandelstam
15 January 1891
Poet, Writer, Translator, Literary critic,

Marina TsvetaevaMarina Tsvetaeva
28 May 1892
Poet, Writer
Vasily Nikitich MitrokhinVasily Nikitich Mitrokhin
03 March 1922
Archivist

Sergey MikhalkovSergey Mikhalkov
13 March 1913
Author

Boris SavinkovBoris Savinkov
31 January 1879
Revolutionary
Mikhail SholokhovMikhail Sholokhov
24 May 1905
Novelist

Varlam ShalamovVarlam Shalamov
18 June 1907
Writer
Ilya EhrenburgIlya Ehrenburg
27 January 1891
Soviet writer

Aleksey Nikolayevich TolstoyAleksey Nikolayevich Tolstoy
10 January 1883
writer, Poet

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

Grand Duke Constantine Constantinovich of RussiaGrand Duke Constantine Constantinovich of Russia
22 August 1858
 

Alexander SokurovAlexander Sokurov
14 June 1951
Film director, Screenwriter, Writer
Daniil KharmsDaniil Kharms
17 December 1905
writer, playwright, children's writer, poet

Yevgeny YevtushenkoYevgeny Yevtushenko
18 July 1932
Poet

Alexander BlokAlexander Blok
28 November 1880
Poet

Sergei BodrovSergei Bodrov
28 June 1948
Film director, Screenwriter, Writer
ZemfiraZemfira
26 August 1976
Singer, Composer, Poet, Singer-songwriter

Lyudmila UlitskayaLyudmila Ulitskaya
21 February 1943
Writer
Alexander DubyanskiyAlexander Dubyanskiy
27 April 1941
Writer

Alexandra TolstayaAlexandra Tolstaya
18 June 1884
writer

Sergei LukyanenkoSergei Lukyanenko
11 April 1968
Science fiction writer
Alexandr GriboyedovAlexandr Griboyedov
15 January 1795
Diplomat

Ariel DurantAriel Durant
10 May 1898
Researcher
Vera ZasulichVera Zasulich
08 August 1849
Writer

Bulat OkudzhavaBulat Okudzhava
09 May 1924
Poet

Eldar RyazanovEldar Ryazanov
18 November 1927
Film director, Screenwriter, Actor, Writer, Poet,
Vladimir SorokinVladimir Sorokin
07 August 1955
Playwright, Writer, Screenwriter, Librettist,

Maxim FadeevMaxim Fadeev
06 May 1968
Singer, Composer, Poet, Songwriter, Record
Nikolai LeskovNikolai Leskov
16 February 1831
Writer

Boris GrebenshchikovBoris Grebenshchikov
27 November 1953
Actor, Poet, Singer, Writer, Composer, Radio

Marie BashkirtseffMarie Bashkirtseff
24 November 1858
Sculptor

Sofia KovalevskayaSofia Kovalevskaya
15 January 1850
Mathematician
Andrei BelyAndrei Bely
26 October 1880
Novelist
Alexander GradskyAlexander Gradsky
03 November 1949
Composer, Singer-songwriter, Singer, Guitarist,

Leonid AndreyevLeonid Andreyev
21 August 1871
playwright, writer, journalist, lawyer

Velimir KhlebnikovVelimir Khlebnikov
09 November 1885
Poet

Anton MakarenkoAnton Makarenko
13 March 1888
Educator
Nathalie SarrauteNathalie Sarraute
18 July 1900
Lawyer

Afanasy FetAfanasy Fet
05 December 1820
Poet

Aleksey Konstantinovich TolstoyAleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy
05 September 1817
poet,novelist

Nikolay NekrasovNikolay Nekrasov
10 December 1821
Poet

Vasily ZhukovskyVasily Zhukovsky
29 January 1783
linguist, poet, translator, writer, literary
Fyodor TyutchevFyodor Tyutchev
23 November 1803
writer, poet, diplomat, philosopher

Korney ChukovskyKorney Chukovsky
31 March 1882
Poet
Vera FignerVera Figner
01 July 1852
Revolutionary

Vasily AksyonovVasily Aksyonov
20 August 1932
Novelist
Nikolai OstrovskyNikolai Ostrovsky
29 September 1904
Writer
Dmitry MerezhkovskyDmitry Merezhkovsky
02 August 1865
Novelist