Text by Alexandra Lyukina
Russian literature is a treasure that is available to everyone. It is a love story, and if you fall in love with it, it happens once and for all. There is so much depth and the wealth of meaning in it. It makes us think, learn, admire, feel empathy or resentment; it is very versatile and I want you to discover it with us in our series of posts about Russian writers!
Russian literature is one of my greatest passions since school and I studied it at university, so when our readers started asking us about Russian books, I realised that now we have another exciting topic to share with you.
There are plenty of short posts about "10 Russian books you need to read" and "Best Russian books to read before you die" (what a strange title) on the Internet and they remind us a solyanka
– a Russian soup with all types of ingredients, as various epochs and writers are mixed up there and each book is marked by only a couple of phrases, that do not necessarily make you understand why you should read it.
Therefore, we decided to write about one or two writers in each post, in a chronological order, so that you could see the evolution of the Russian literature tradition and the life of the Russian society over that period. But more importantly, you can get an idea of what these books are about and what makes them so special. We will start from the first half of the 19th
century and continue to mid-20th