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

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

Fyodor DostoevskyFyodor Dostoevsky
11 November 1821
Russian novelist

Alexander PushkinAlexander Pushkin
06 June 1799
Poet

Aleksandr Isayevich SolzhenitsynAleksandr Solzhenitsyn
11 December 1918
Author
Anton ChekhovAnton Chekhov
29 January 1860
 

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
Menachem Mendel SchneersonMenachem Mendel Schneerson
18 April 1902
Rabbi

Oleg GordievskyOleg Gordievsky
10 October 1938
Secret Agent

Joseph BrodskyJoseph Brodsky
24 May 1940
Essayist & Poet

Ivan TurgenevIvan Turgenev
09 November 1818
Novelist

Mikhail LomonosovMikhail Lomonosov
19 November 1711
Scientist, Poet, Geologist, Astronomer
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
Nikolai GogolNikolai Gogol
01 April 1809
Playwright

Eduard LimonovEduard Limonov
22 February 1943
Writer, Dissident, Politician, Poet, Human rights
Viktor TsoiViktor Tsoi
21 June 1962
Poet, Actor, Singer, Guitarist, Composer,

Eugene MirmanEugene Mirman
24 July 1974
Comedian

Vladimir MayakovskyVladimir Mayakovsky
19 July 1893
Poet
Gala DalíGala Dalí
07 September 1894
Poet

Vladimir KramnikVladimir Kramnik
25 June 1975
Chess player, Writer
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 VysotskyVladimir Vysotsky
25 January 1938
Singer-songwriter

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Alexander BogdanovAlexander Bogdanov
22 August 1873
Physician
Mikhail LermontovMikhail Lermontov
15 October 1814
writer

Maya DerenMaya Deren
29 April 1917
Filmmaker

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

Taras ShevchenkoTaras Shevchenko
 
Nâzım HikmetNâzım Hikmet
15 January 1902
Poet
Sergei YeseninSergei Yesenin
21 September 1895
poet, writer

Vladimir ProppVladimir Propp
29 April 1895
anthropologist, linguist, writer, university

Hayim Nahman BialikHayim Nahman Bialik
09 January 1873
Writer

Natalia PushkinaNatalia Pushkina
27 August 1812
Russian poet
Aleksey Nikolayevich TolstoyAleksey Nikolayevich Tolstoy
10 January 1883
writer, Poet

Marina TsvetaevaMarina Tsvetaeva
28 May 1892
Poet, Writer

Viktor KorchnoiViktor Korchnoi
23 March 1931
Chess player, Writer

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

Ilya EhrenburgIlya Ehrenburg
27 January 1891
Soviet writer
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

Chinghiz AitmatovChinghiz Aitmatov
12 December 1928
Author

Yevgeny YevtushenkoYevgeny Yevtushenko
18 July 1932
Poet
Nikolay ChernyshevskyNikolay Chernyshevsky
12 July 1828
philosopher, novelist, writer, literary critic

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

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

Vladimir BukovskyVladimir Bukovsky
30 December 1942
Writer, Human rights activist

Alexandra TolstayaAlexandra Tolstaya
18 June 1884
writer

ZemfiraZemfira
26 August 1976
Singer, Composer, Poet, Singer-songwriter
Alexander BlokAlexander Blok
28 November 1880
Poet

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

Ariel DurantAriel Durant
10 May 1898
Researcher

Bulat OkudzhavaBulat Okudzhava
09 May 1924
Screenwriter, Poet, Actor, Singer, Writer,
Sergey MikhalkovSergey Mikhalkov
13 March 1913
Author

Aleksandr PushkinAleksandr Pushkin
06 June 1799
poet,novelist
Maxim FadeevMaxim Fadeev
06 May 1968
Singer, Composer, Poet, Songwriter, Record

Nikolai LeskovNikolai Leskov
16 February 1831
Novelist

Sergei LukyanenkoSergei Lukyanenko
11 April 1968
Science fiction writer
Leonid AndreyevLeonid Andreyev
21 August 1871
playwright, writer, journalist, lawyer

Boris GrebenshchikovBoris Grebenshchikov
27 November 1953
Actor, Poet, Singer, Writer, Composer, Radio
Sofia KovalevskayaSofia Kovalevskaya
15 January 1850
Mathematician

Vera ZasulichVera Zasulich
08 August 1849
Writer

Marie BashkirtseffMarie Bashkirtseff
24 November 1858
Sculptor
Vladimir SorokinVladimir Sorokin
07 August 1955
Playwright, Writer, Screenwriter, Librettist,

Fyodor TyutchevFyodor Tyutchev
23 November 1803
writer, poet, diplomat, philosopher
Eldar RyazanovEldar Ryazanov
18 November 1927
Film director, Screenwriter, Actor, Writer, Poet,

Dmitry MerezhkovskyDmitry Merezhkovsky
02 August 1865
Novelist

Andrei BelyAndrei Bely
26 October 1880
Novelist

Vasily ZhukovskyVasily Zhukovsky
29 January 1783
linguist, poet, translator, writer, literary
Konstantin SimonovKonstantin Simonov
28 November 1915
Author
Konstantin SimonovKonstantin Simonov
28 November 1915
Author

Ivan KrylovIvan Krylov
13 February 1768
linguist, poet, writer, journalist

Nikolay NekrasovNikolay Nekrasov
10 December 1821
Poet

Korney ChukovskyKorney Chukovsky
31 March 1882
Poet
Lyudmila UlitskayaLyudmila Ulitskaya
21 February 1943
Writer

Vasily AksyonovVasily Aksyonov
20 August 1932
Novelist

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

Mikhail Saltykov-ShchedrinMikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin
27 January 1826
Poet

Aleksey Konstantinovich TolstoyAleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy
05 September 1817
poet,novelist
Aleksandr KuprinAleksandr Kuprin
07 September 1870
Russian writer

Nathalie SarrauteNathalie Sarraute
18 July 1900
Lawyer
Alexander GradskyAlexander Gradsky
03 November 1949
Composer, Singer-songwriter, Singer, Guitarist,

Anton MakarenkoAnton Makarenko
13 March 1888
Educator
Velimir KhlebnikovVelimir Khlebnikov
09 November 1885
Poet
Orest KiprenskyOrest Kiprensky
24 March 1782
Poet