Russian literature has long been one of the richest and most interesting branches of the literary tree, and has been supplying the world with incredible, fantastic novels for two centuries now — and continues to do so.
Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin
“Eugene Onegin” is the most famous work of a Russian author named Pushkin. It’s written in 5.600 verses and it is a novel containing 8 chapters. Pushkin wrote it almost 8 years and is now considered one of the most significant works of Russian literature. Each chapter of the novel describes some important event in Russian and world history, so the novel touches political and social changes since the fall of Napoleon to the Decembrist Revolt in Russia.
A Hero of Our Time by Mikhail Lermontov
A hero of our time” is the most important Lermont’s work, the first Russian psychological novel and the announcement of Russian realistic writing. The main character is Pechorin, one of the first European characters of contradiction that is divided between being tired of pleasures but still unable to love and settle down. He thinks that happiness does not exist for him. He is a Byronic hero.The time and place of the plot is the 18th century in a small fisherman village and later on in a hospital.
Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternk
Doctor Zhivago tells the story of Yury Zhivago, a man torn between his love for two women while caught in the tumultuous course of twentieth century Russian history.
Although it contains passages written in the 1910s and 1920s, Doctor Zhivago was not completed until 1956. The novel was submitted to the literary journal Novy Mir ("Новый Мир"). However, the editors rejected Pasternak's novel because of its implicit rejection of socialist realism. The author, like Zhivago, showed more concern for the welfare of individuals than for the welfare of society.
The novel was made into a film by David Lean in 1965, and since then has twice been adapted for television,
From: booksummary.net and Wikipedia.com