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Books by Russians... and about Russia

Lena
The list author says: "This list includes my favourite fiction books written by Russian authors, as well as some other fiction books about Russia. Unfortunately, not all of them are translated into English, so here is what's available to English-speaking reader who wants to learn more about the country, the misterious "Russian character" and simply enjoy a very good book.
Also, I tried to avoid listing classical works ("War and Peace" or "Idiot") - they do not need additional advertising!"
The Master and Margarita
The Master and Margarita
"All-time favourite. Penguin translation is the best available"
The White Guard
The White Guard
"One of the best fiction books on the civil war in Russia"
The Twelve Chairs (European Classics)
The Twelve Chairs (European Classics)
"Some humor situations are lost in translations... still, the main hero continues to be funny and charming (for the last 80 years )"
A Hero of Our Time (Penguin Classics)
A Hero of Our Time (Penguin Classics)
"Less known classics -  but to the young readers (and many adults!) Lermontov appeals much more than Tolstoy and Dostoevsky"
Medea and Her Children
Medea and Her Children
"All books by this author are beautiful. She manages to portrait death, religion, love and hope with the same power... and sometimes in the same sentence."
The Madonnas of Leningrad: A Novel
The Madonnas of Leningrad: A Novel
"wonderful book about people who survived siege in Leningrad during WW-2. Everything is here - love and art, death and life."
Ice Road: A Novel
Ice Road: A Novel
"pre-war period in Leningrad; good researched and well written book"
Life and Fate (New York Review Books Classics)
Life and Fate (New York Review Books Classics)
"Not an easy reading; back to "archipelag Gulag", but with more power, than Solzhenitsyn"
Omon Ra
Omon Ra
"One of most popular modern Russian writers. Very strange one. People either love Pelevin's writing or hate it. To decide, begin with this one."
The Defense
The Defense
"Less obvious and scandalous than "Lolita"... my favourite book by Nabokov"
The Turkish Gambit (Erast Fandorin Mysteries)
The Turkish Gambit (Erast Fandorin Mysteries)
"Best modern Russian mystery writer (his real name is not Akunin, but that's part of the mystery and game). If you like Sherlock Holmes, you'll like Erast Fandorin...There are more in these series - very easy to get hooked on them"
Night Watch
Night Watch
"for the fans of fantasy. It's better than many other "vampire books". However, the poetry is slightly lost in translation. If you like it, continue with the series ("Day watch", "Twilight watch", "Last Watch")"
Worlds Apart: An Anthology of Russian Science Fiction and Fantasy
Worlds Apart: An Anthology of Russian Science Fiction and Fantasy
"Nice introduction into the world of mysteries, folk tales and strange stories - with Russian flavour."
Nativity Poems: Bilingual Edition
Nativity Poems: Bilingual Edition
"OK, for those of us who still reads poetry... Brodsky is one of those few who really deserved Nobel prize -  for the reasons related to the literature"
Selected Poems (Twentieth-Century Classics)
Selected Poems (Twentieth-Century Classics)
"my favourite Russian poet. She is less known than Akhmatova or Pasternak, but every girl in Russia knows at less one of Tsvetaeva love poems by heart (even if only from one of many songs written on her lyrics)"
Poems of Akhmatova
Poems of Akhmatova
"Beautiful selection. very good translation... The added benefit - this is dual language book; for those who learns to read Russian, originals are available"