Russian literature, a list of websites

Russian literature: famous Russian authors and poets, Russian literary history and movements; a guide to websites

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a Russian publishing house with an archive of photographs of Russian writers: Nabokov, Bulgakov, Platonov, Ahkmatova, Vvendensky.

Author and poet directories, texts, libraries and archives *


Encyclopedia of Soviet Writers

Russian poets of the 20th Century.

Read Russia
Read Russia, founded in 2012, is a new initiative based in Moscow, New York, and London to celebrate Russian literature and Russian book culture. Through innovative programs, projects and events supporting the English-language translation and publication of Russian works, Read Russia provides international audiences with fresh opportunities to engage – in person, on screen, and online – with Russia’s literary leaders and heritage.
Maksim Moshkov’s Digital library, giving access to many Russian literary texts, humour, poetry, etc.

Fundamental Digital Library of Russian Literature and Folklore
The Fundamental Digital Library of Russian Literature and Folklore (FEB-web) is a full-text digital resource. FEB-web accumulates information in text, audio, visual, and other forms on 11th-20th-century Russian literature, Russian folklore, and the history of Russian literary scholarship and folklore studies. brings together information on the best literary Russian Internet resources: digital libraries, reviews of the book news, literary competitions and much more.

Russian Virtual Library
The Russian Virtual Library (“Russkaia Virtual’naia Biblioteka”, RVB) is a non-commercial humanitarian project. RVB is an academic digital library whose aim is electronic publication of both classical and contemporary works of Russian literature on the Web and CD-ROMs. All publications are based on authentic sources and provided with academic commentaries.
Online full-text library of many classics of Russian literature in the public domain, including both prose and poetry; it also includes short biographies and portraits of the authors.

Lomonosov Moscow State University Faculty of History Electronic Recourses Library
The Electronic Resources Library from MGU, provides full-text access to a number of Russian history sources, from the 17th through 20th centuries. There are also links to other online sources outside this virtual library. The site is in Russian and English versions, while the source texts themselves are in Russian or Old Russian.

Wikipedia list of Russian language writers.

Wikipedia list of list of Russian language poets.

Avant-garde literature *

Avant-garde Russian literature, poetry, art and culture.

Russian avant garde links, Russian avant-garde culture and art.

Awards *

Russian Booker Prize

Andrei Bely Prize


The Bakhtin Centre
The Bakhtin Centre was founded in October 1994. Its purpose is to promote multi- and inter-disciplinary research on the work of the Russian philosopher and theorist Mikhail Bakhtin and the Bakhtin Circle.

Bucknell Russian Program
Original materials on the history of Russia and the Russian language, with  links to information about every other aspect of the Russian life, society and politics.


Contemporary Russian writers and poets *

Contemporary Russian Poets Database
(in English)

Twenty-first Century Russian Poetry
An anthology translated into English by New York-based Larissa Shmailo. Selected poems from fifty writers.

Contemporary and Modern Russian writers.
A list of writers in alphabetical order.

Vsevolod Nekrasov

Gennady Alexeyev

Arvo Mets

Asya  Shneiderman

Genrikh Sapgir


Formalism *

The Russian formalists, Russian formalism.

Formalism. A defiinition.


Journals/Russian literary journals *

Contemporary Russian fiction, criticism and reviews.

Readings from russian life.

Contemporary Slavic Literature

Ex Libris

Russian Art and Culture
Since its launch in 2011 Russian Art+Culture has become the one of world’s most popular and comprehensive websites dedicated to Russian culture.

Russian Literature Journal
Russian Literature combines issues devoted to special topics of Russian literature with contributions on related subjects in Croatian, Serbian, Czech, Slovak and Polish literatures.

The Russian Review
A major academic journal of Russian studies.

A major literary journal based in Moscow.


Mayakovsky and his Circle

Maxim Moshkov’s Library
A large on-line library of Russian Literature.

Newspapers and magazines in Russia, 
a directory from World

La Nuova Europa
An international cultural journal about Russia and Eastern Europe.


Poetry, poetry readings *

Modern Russian poetry : texts and translations (1917)

Russian poetry readings on YouTube.

Quotes *

Russian literary quotes, from GoodRead.


Russian Literature Online. Online Russian texts.

Russian Literature Resource Guide
Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies. Duke University

Russian PEN Centre 


Texts online *

Maxim Moshkov’s E-library of Russian literature.
(in Russian)

Contemporary Russian Poets Database
(in English)

The Internet Library

Contemporary Russian Poets in English translation.

Russian Literature Online. Online Russian texts.


Wikipedia entry on Russian literature.

Famous Russian writers and poets, past and present *


Ahkmatova, Anna

Anna Akhmatova. Pictures, audio files, poetry.

Anna Ahkmatowa. Works in Russian, German and English at the eLibrary Projekt (eLib)

Museum of Anna Akhmatova

Anna Akhmatova. Poems at


Bely, Andrei

Andrey Bely. Introduction to the works of Andrey Bely.

Petersburg by Andrey Bely. Project Gutenberg

The poems of Andrei Belyi 

Andrei Bely, Wikipedia entry.

Blok, Alesander

Alesander Blok (in Russian)

Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Blok. The Double. Historical background and literary criticism. Sussex University

Translations into English of poems by Blok.

Collected poems translated into English by Alec Vagapov.

Wikipedia entry on Alexander Blok.

Brodsky, Joseph

Joseph Brodsky, Nobel Prize Archive.

Joseph Brodsky. New York Times Archive, articles by and about Joseph Brodsky.

Joseph Brodsky. Academy of American Poets

Bulgakov, Mikhail

Mikhail Bulgakov
Biography of the Russian writer and discussion of his works.

Mikhail Bulgakov. Wikipedia,

The Master and Margarita. Wikipedia

Bulgakov’s Master and Margarita
A web-based multimedia annotation to Master and Margarita, created Bulgakov’s by Kevin Moss, Middlebury College.

Mikhail Bulgakov. The Guardian
Latest news and comment on Mikhail Bulgakov from


Chekov, Anton

Chekov, Anton. Anton Chekov, biography and internet sites.

Anton Chekov. Plays and stories.

Anton Chekov. Stories in English translations by Constance Garnett. 

Anton Chekov, Uncle Vanya, Plays in etext from Project Gutenburg,  

The Sea Gull (1896), Uncle Vanya (1896), The Three Sisters (1901), The Cherry Orchard.

Dostoevsky, Fyodor Mikhailovich

Dostoevsky, Fyodor Mikhailovich. Fydor 

Fyodor Dostoevsky. Wikipedia entry.

Fyodor Dostoevsky. Concordances of The Complete Works of Dostoevsky 

The Brothers Karamazov

Crime and Puniishment

Crime and Punishment (plain text)

Notes from the Underground


Gandlevsky, Sergei

Sergei Gandlevsky. Audio recordings of poems, from PennSound.

Gogol, Nicolai

Gogol, Nicolai. Nicolai Gogol. Copious 

Gogol internet resources and etexts.

Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol. Background information. Sussex University

Goncharov, Ivan

Goncharov, Ivan. Ivan Goncharov. Wikipedia entry.

Gorky, Maxim

Gorky, Maxim. Maxim Gorky.Works by 

Maxim Gorky at Project Gutenberg.

Maxim Gorky. Wikipedia entry.

Grossman, Vasily

Vasily Grossman. Wikipedia entry.

Study Center Vasily Grossman

Vasily Grossman. Prospect Magazine

Review of Life and Fate in the London Review of Books


Lermontov, Mikhail

Works by Mikhail Lermontov at Project Gutenberg

A Hero of Our Time

Mikhail Lermontov. An introduction.

Mikhail Lermontov, Wikipedia enetry.

Limonov, Eduard

Eduard Limonov’s website.

Eduard Limonov’s online journal.


Eduard Limonov Wikipedia entry.


Mayakovsky, V. V.

Mayakovsky, V. V. Mayakovsky and his circle, plus Russian avant garde website links.

Mayakovsky. Children’s books and poems for children.

Vladimir Mayakovsky, Wikipedia entry.

Mayakovsky poems in English translation.

Vladimir Mayakovsky. Poems in English translation at Famous Poets and Poems.

Mayakovsky, entry in Russiapedia.

Mandelshtam, Osip

Mandelshtam, Osip. Osip Mandelshtam. Catalogue of Mandelshtam papers held at Princeton University.

Osip Mandelshtam.Translations from Russian.

Osip Mandelshtam. Poems in Russian.

Nabokov, Vladimir

Nabokov, Vladimir. Vladimir Nabokov. The International Nabokov Society. Zembla. For Nabokovians. The Official site of the Vladimir Nabokov Society. Life and works, news, pictures, writings.Lolita, Ada, The Real Life of Sebastian Knight.

Ada Online.

The Nabokov Museum, St. Petersburg.

Vladimir Nabokov. Introduction and bibliography.

Video interviews and discussion with Vladimir Nabokov (in French). YouTube

Lolita etext in English.

Nabokov’s Butterflies, an introduction by Brian Boyd.


Pasternak, Boris Leonodicich

Pasternak, Boris Leonodicich. Boris Pasternak. Doctor Zhivago quotes, links, background, news. The Nobel Prize Archive

Poems by Boris Pasternak

Boris Pasternak. Selected poems in downloadable English translation.

Boris Pasternak. Wikipedia entry.

Boris Pasternak poems.

Boris Pasternak. Poems in translation at F&P.

Boris Pasternak. Nobel Prize Archives. Biography

PBS biography of Pasternak

Pasternak’s interview with The Paris Review

Pasternak Family Papers at the Hoover Institution Archives

Poems in Russian. Boris Pasternak Poems

Poems in Russian. Boris Pasternak: biography, photos, poems, prose, critical essays.

Poems in Russian. Boris Pasternak: poems, biography, photo.

Pelevin, Victor

Victor Pelevin’s website.

Platonov, Andrei

Интернет-библиотека Алексея Комарова
Texts in Russian at Alexei Komarov’s Internet Library

Андрей Платонович Платонов
Works in Russian at ImWerden

Andrei Platonov
Guardian article.

Prilepin, Zahar

Zahar Prilepin: Savladavanje samoće

Zakhar Prilepin. Wikipedia, entry.

Pushkin, Aleksandr (Alexander) Sergeyevich

Pushkin, Alexander (Aleksandr Sergeyevich). Alexander Pushkin. Shorter poems.

Pushkin House

Pushkin poems in Cyrillic. Public Electronic Library.

Pushkin’s Poems in English.

Pushkin Memorial Museum, Moscow.

Alexander Pushkin. Wikipedia entry.

Aleksandr Pushkin
Etexts atProject Gutenberg.

Alexander Pushkin. The complete works in Russian.

Eugene Onegin: A Novel in Verse: Translated by Vladimir Nabokov.


Shiskin, Mikhail Pavlovich

Mikhail Pavlovich Shishkin. Wikipedia entry.
Mikhail Shishkin, an introduction.
Mikhail Shishkin. Articles in World Literature Today.

Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr

Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr. Alek Solzhenitsyn, an introduction.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. Nobel Prize Archive

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. Wikipedia entry.

Sorokin, Vladimir

Victor Sorokin’s webpage.


Tolstoy, Leo

Tolstoy, Leo. Tolstoy Studies Journal

Leo Tolstoy. Bibliomania. A research and study site.  Anna Karenina, War and Peace.

Leo Tolstoy. Dedicated to the collection and dissemination of etexts related to the life and work of Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy. 

Biographies, Criticism and Analysis, Works by Tolstoy. University of Sussex.

Leo Tolstoy. Images of Tolstoy

Leo Tolstoy. Wikipedia entry.

Tsvetaeva, Marina

Marina Tsvetaeva.  Introduction and overview.

Marina Tsvetaeva. The Best of Marina 

Tsvetayeva, English translations by Ilya Shambat.

Turgenev, Ivan Sergeyevich

Turgenev, Ivan Sergeyevich.  Ivan 

Turgenev, etexts.

Ivan Turgenev. Wikpedia entry

Ivan Turgenev. Introductory notes.

Yerofeyev, Viktor

Viktor Yerofeyev. Wikipedia

Q & A in The Independent with Victor Erofeyev about Russian Beauty

Review: Life With an Idiot by Victor Erofeyev

The Russian God. The New Yorker

The Good Stalin by Victor Erofeyev. The New Yorker

Yevtuschenko, Yevgeny

Yevtushenko,Yevgeny.Yevgeny Yevtushenko. Wikipedia entry.
Yevgeny Yevtushenko. Collected Poems in English. Part 1
Yevgeny Yevtushenko. Collected Poems in English. Part 2

Vodennikov, Dimitry

Official site of the poet (in Russian)

Vodennikov’s blog (in Russian)