13 Best Russian Language Fiction

List Updated July 2020

Bestselling Russian Language Fiction in 2020


Russian Stories: A Dual-Language Book (English and Russian Edition)

Russian Stories: A Dual-Language Book (English and Russian Edition)
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2020
  • Dover Publications

The New Penguin Russian Course: A Complete Course for Beginners (Penguin Handbooks)

The New Penguin Russian Course: A Complete Course for Beginners (Penguin Handbooks)
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2020
  • Penguin Books

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BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2020

The Brothers Karamazov: A Novel in Four Parts and an Epilogue

The Brothers Karamazov: A Novel in Four Parts and an Epilogue
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2020
  • The Brothers Karamazov

Ruslan and Ludmila (Russian Edition)

Ruslan and Ludmila (Russian Edition)
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2020

Great Russian Short Stories of the Twentieth Century: A Dual-Language Book (Dover Dual Language Russian)

Great Russian Short Stories of the Twentieth Century: A Dual-Language Book (Dover Dual Language Russian)
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2020
  • Dover Publications

Fluent Forever: How to Learn Any Language Fast and Never Forget It

Fluent Forever: How to Learn Any Language Fast and Never Forget It
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2020

Looking for Alaska

Looking for Alaska
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2020
  • Speak

Russian Classics in Russian and English: Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky (Dual-Language Book) (Russian Edition)

Russian Classics in Russian and English: Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky (Dual-Language Book) (Russian Edition)
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2020
  • Used Book in Good Condition

Russian Classics in Russian and English: Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol (Dual-Language Book) (Russian Edition)

Russian Classics in Russian and English: Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol (Dual-Language Book) (Russian Edition)
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2020

Skaz: Masters of Russian Storytelling (A Dual-Language Anthology)

Skaz: Masters of Russian Storytelling (A Dual-Language Anthology)
BESTSELLER NO. 11 in 2020

Russian Dual Language Book: Eugene Onegin in Russian and English

Russian Dual Language Book: Eugene Onegin in Russian and English
BESTSELLER NO. 12 in 2020

Chernyj spisok: Russian Language (Russian Edition)

Chernyj spisok: Russian Language (Russian Edition)
BESTSELLER NO. 13 in 2020

How to Learn the Russian Language, the Fun Way!

Sick of memorizing lists of words, charts, and grammatical rules? Than here are some more fun and interesting ways to learn Russian, complete with several helpful links.

2. Watch cartoons. That's where we learned our first language, right? Cartoons can be useful for adults as well. You won't find a Bugs Bunny cartoon using complicated or obscure words like "absorptiometer" or "vivisect," nor will you find Russian children's cartoons with such technical, rare language. Following this paragraph is a site where you can find hundreds of interesting cartoons, easily arranged. They also list what year they were made in, so you can look for recent cartoons. Older cartoons are more likely to use out-of-date words.

3. Listen to music. You might be surprised to hear that you have access to plenty of Russian songs over on YouTube. The key is to make sure that the song is recent, just like you do with cartoons. If the song has been done earlier than 20 years ago, than pass it over. Here is an article published recently on current pop groups in Russia, such as Tatu and Via Gra, complete with Youtube links:

4. Play games. There are plenty of interesting word games one can play to enhance their recall of words. Just think of word games you enjoy playing in English, and you may be able to play the same game in Russian. Here is a suggestion for how to play Boggle with Russian letters, and another site for playing hangman in Russian:

5. Read dual-language books. Dual-language books have a text written in two languages side by side. There are plenty of interesting dual-language books that involve both the Russian and English languages. The first one I recommend contains short stories by some of the best-known Russian authors, ordered from the easiest story to read to the hardest. The second is a collection of poetry by a famous female Russian author.

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6. Lastly, read children's books. These are the easiest to understand because of their simple language and illustrations. You can start out with pre-school level and work your way up. This is excellent for learning because, unlike music videos, personal chatting, or word games, you can read full, grammatical sentences. You can take your time and trust that what you learn is accurate. Here is a site I have used where you can buy children's books in the Russian language, as well as books for teens and adults:

All advice here stems from my own experiences in attempting to learn Russian.

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