Russian classic literature

It is quite difficult to understand a Russian woman, if you haven't ever read Russian literature. Works of Russian writers describe Russian women, their characters and behaviour in various situations during centuries. If you are an attentive reader, you will discover a lot of interesting features of Russian women.

1) Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina.

Classical novel about love of a married lady Anna Karenina and a military officer Vronsky. Vronsky is ready to marry her if she would agree to leave her husband Karenin, a government official. It is a very tragic story that also touches problems of morality, religion, gender and social class.

2) Leo Tolstoy, War and Piece.

The finest literary achievement of Leo Tolstoy. War and Piece describes the French invasion of Russia, as seen through the eyes of five Russian aristocratic families. Stories of their personal lives are exctiting and philisophic.

3) Alexander Pushkin, Dubrovsky.

A young nobleman whose land is confiscated tries to get justice. He gathers a band of serfs and goes on the rampage, stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. The main intrique is that he falls in love with Masha, a daughter of the powerful aristocrat who confiscated his land.

4) Alexander Pushkin, Eugen Onegin.

Story about a romance triangle, love, death, ennui and passion, feelings and emotions told in verse.

5) Nikolai Gogol, Evenings on a Farm near Dikanka.

It is a collection of short stories, Gogol's groundbreaking work that formed the core of his style. The first and the most famous story is «Christmas Eve», or «The Night Before Christmas». The stories feature geniune Ukrainian folklore and comedic elements. Evenings on a Farm near Dikanka has been adapted into film several times.

6) Mikhail Sholokhov, And Quiet Flows the Don.

An epic novel in four volumes, one of the most significant works of Russian literature in the 20th century. In 1965 Sholokhov was awarded the Novel prize for literature for this novel. The novel tells about Cossacks living in the Don River Valley during the early 20th century prior to World War I. And of course love remains the main topic of the great novel.

7) Mikhail Bulgakov, The Master and Margarita.

One of the best and the most mysteroius stories of the 20th century and the foremost of Soviet satires. The story describes a visit by the Devil to the fervently atheistic Soviet Union. The main woman character is a charming Margarita who is invited to the Devil's midnight ball.

8) Alexander Griboyedov, Woe from Wit.

Comedy in verse, satirizing the society of post-Napoleonic Moscow. The play belongs to the classical school of comedy.

9) Anton Chekhov, Three Sisters.

This play is about a highly educated Moscow family, the Prozorovs. Three highly educated and sensitive ladies are wonderful examples of Russian womens' bright characters.

10) Anton Chekhov, The Cherry Orchard.

The author intended this play to be a comedy, but it contains some elements of farce. The play was translated into many languages and became a classic work of dramatic literature.