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.
Leon TrotskyLeon Trotsky
07 November 1879
Founder and first leader of the Red Army
Leo TolstoyLeo Tolstoy
09 September 1828
 

Ayn RandAyn Rand
02 February 1905
Author, Screenwriter, Playwright, Developer of a

Fyodor DostoevskyFyodor Dostoevsky
11 November 1821
Russian novelist

Anton ChekhovAnton Chekhov
29 January 1860
 

Aleksandr Isayevich SolzhenitsynAleksandr Solzhenitsyn
11 December 1918
Author
Vladimir NabokovVladimir Nabokov
22 April 1899
Novelist

Boris PasternakBoris Pasternak
10 February 1890
Poet & Writer

Maxim GorkyMaxim Gorky
28 March 1868
Writer & Dramatist

Menachem Mendel SchneersonMenachem Mendel Schneerson
18 April 1902
Rabbi
Oleg GordievskyOleg Gordievsky
10 October 1938
Secret Agent

Mikhail LomonosovMikhail Lomonosov
19 November 1711
Scientist, Poet, Geologist, Astronomer
Joseph BrodskyJoseph Brodsky
24 May 1940
Essayist & Poet

Alexander BerkmanAlexander Berkman
21 November 1870
Editor

Ivan BuninIvan Bunin
22 October 1870
Writer
Alexander HerzenAlexander Herzen
06 April 1812
Father of Russian socialism

Yanka KupalaYanka Kupala
07 July 1882
Poet
Andrei TarkovskyAndrei Tarkovsky
04 April 1932
Film director, Actor, Film editor, Screenwriter,

Alexander PushkinAlexander Pushkin
06 June 1799
Poet

Nikolai GogolNikolai Gogol
31 March 1809
Playwright
Viktor TsoiViktor Tsoi
21 June 1962
Poet, Actor, Singer, Guitarist, Composer,

Mikhail BulgakovMikhail Bulgakov
15 May 1891
Writer
Fyodor DostoyevskyFyodor Dostoyevsky
 

Vladimir MayakovskyVladimir Mayakovsky
 

Gala DalíGala Dalí
07 September 1894
Poet

Lou Andreas-SaloméLou Andreas-Salomé
12 February 1861
Psychoanalyst, author
Mikhail BakhtinMikhail Bakhtin
17 November 1895
Philosopher, Linguist, Writer, Literary critic
Ivan TurgenevIvan Turgenev
08 November 1818
Novelist

Nicholas RoerichNicholas Roerich
09 October 1874
Philosopher, Painter, Choreographer, Writer,

Anna AkhmatovaAnna Akhmatova
23 June 1889
Writer, Translator, Literary critic, Poet

Armin Mueller-StahlArmin Mueller-Stahl
17 December 1930
Television actor, Voice actor, Film director,
Vladimir KramnikVladimir Kramnik
25 June 1975
Chess player, Writer

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Eugene MirmanEugene Mirman
24 July 1974
Comedian

Vladimir VysotskyVladimir Vysotsky
25 January 1938
Singer-songwriter

Taras ShevchenkoTaras Shevchenko
 

Mikhail LermontovMikhail Lermontov
15 October 1814
writer
Sergei YeseninSergei Yesenin
21 September 1895
poet, writer

Vladimir ProppVladimir Propp
29 April 1895
anthropologist, linguist, writer, university
Maya DerenMaya Deren
29 April 1917
Filmmaker

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

Svetlana SavitskayaSvetlana Savitskaya
08 August 1948
Aviator, Astronaut, Politician, Military
Nikolai LeskovNikolai Leskov
16 February 1831
Novelist

Nâzım HikmetNâzım Hikmet
15 January 1902
Poet
Vladimir KryuchkovVladimir Kryuchkov
29 February 1924
Politician, Military personnel, Writer

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

Osip MandelstamOsip Mandelstam
15 January 1891
Poet, Writer, Translator, Literary critic,

Aleksey Nikolayevich TolstoyAleksey Nikolayevich Tolstoy
10 January 1883
writer, Poet

Marina TsvetaevaMarina Tsvetaeva
28 May 1892
Poet, Writer
Natalia PushkinaNatalia Pushkina
27 August 1812
Russian poet

Viktor KorchnoiViktor Korchnoi
23 March 1931
Chess player, Writer

Ilya EhrenburgIlya Ehrenburg
27 January 1891
Soviet writer

Victor PelevinVictor Pelevin
22 November 1962
Fiction writer
Boris AkuninBoris Akunin
20 May 1956
Writer, Translator, Historian, Science fiction

ZemfiraZemfira
26 August 1976
Singer, Composer, Poet, Singer-songwriter
Vladimir BukovskyVladimir Bukovsky
30 December 1942
Writer, Human rights activist

Alexander SokurovAlexander Sokurov
14 June 1951
Film director, Screenwriter, Writer

Alexander BlokAlexander Blok
 
Nikolay ChernyshevskyNikolay Chernyshevsky
12 July 1828
philosopher, novelist, writer, literary critic

Varlam ShalamovVarlam Shalamov
18 June 1907
Writer
Sergei BodrovSergei Bodrov
28 June 1948
Film director, Screenwriter, Writer

Daniil KharmsDaniil Kharms
17 December 1905
writer, playwright, children's writer, poet

Ivan GoncharovIvan Goncharov
06 June 1812
linguist, writer, novelist, translator
Sergey MikhalkovSergey Mikhalkov
13 March 1913
Author

Boris GrebenshchikovBoris Grebenshchikov
27 November 1953
Actor, Poet, Singer, Writer, Composer, Radio
Bulat OkudzhavaBulat Okudzhava
09 May 1924
Screenwriter, Poet, Actor, Singer, Writer,

Maxim FadeevMaxim Fadeev
06 May 1968
Singer, Composer, Poet, Songwriter, Record

Sergei LukyanenkoSergei Lukyanenko
11 April 1968
Writer, Psychiatrist, Children's writer,

Alexandra TolstayaAlexandra Tolstaya
18 June 1884
writer
Vladimir SorokinVladimir Sorokin
07 August 1955
Playwright, Writer, Screenwriter, Librettist,
Leonid AndreyevLeonid Andreyev
21 August 1871
playwright, writer, journalist, lawyer

Vasily ZhukovskyVasily Zhukovsky
29 January 1783
linguist, poet, translator, writer, literary

Fyodor TyutchevFyodor Tyutchev
23 November 1803
writer, poet, diplomat, philosopher

Ivan KrylovIvan Krylov
13 February 1768
linguist, poet, writer, journalist
Alexey LeonovAlexey Leonov
30 May 1934
Aviator, Astronaut, Painter, Writer, Fighter

Andrei BelyAndrei Bely
14 October 1880
poet, writer, autobiographer,playwright, literary

Eldar RyazanovEldar Ryazanov
18 November 1927
Film director, Screenwriter, Actor, Writer, Poet,

Alexander OstrovskyAlexander Ostrovsky
31 March 1823
writer, librettist, playwright, journalist

Alexander GradskyAlexander Gradsky
03 November 1949
Composer, Singer-songwriter, Singer, Guitarist,
Konstantin SimonovKonstantin Simonov
28 November 1915
Author

Konstantin SimonovKonstantin Simonov
28 November 1915
Author
Dmitry MerezhkovskyDmitry Merezhkovsky
02 August 1865
Novelist

Anton MakarenkoAnton Makarenko
13 March 1888
Educator

Nathalie SarrauteNathalie Sarraute
18 July 1900
Lawyer
Lyudmila UlitskayaLyudmila Ulitskaya
21 February 1943
Writer

Aleksey Konstantinovich TolstoyAleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy
05 September 1817
poet,novelist
Mikhail Saltykov-ShchedrinMikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin
27 January 1826
Poet

Nikolai OstrovskyNikolai Ostrovsky
29 September 1904
Writer

Aleksandr PushkinAleksandr Pushkin
06 June 1799
poet,novelist

Alexander GrinAlexander Grin
23 August 1880
Writer
Alexander RadishchevAlexander Radishchev
31 August 1749
Russian author

Aleksandr KuprinAleksandr Kuprin
07 September 1870
Russian writer
Bella AkhmadulinaBella Akhmadulina
10 April 1937
Poet

Rolan BykovRolan Bykov
12 November 1929
actor, Poet
Grand Duke Constantine Constantinovich of RussiaGrand Duke Constantine Constantinovich of Russia
22 August 1858
 

Samuil MarshakSamuil Marshak
03 November 1887
writer, Poet
Henri TroyatHenri Troyat
01 November 1911
Novelist, biographer, historian