Russian literators

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1. Nikolay Gogol

Writer | The Inspector General

Nikolai (Mykola) Gogol was a Russian humorist, dramatist, and novelist of Ukrainian origin. His ancestors were bearing the name of Gogol-Janovsky and claimed belonging to the upper class Polish Szlachta. Gogol's father, a Ukrainian writer living on his old family estate, had five other children. He...

3. Vladimir Mayakovsky

Writer | Baryshnya i khuligan

Vladimir Mayakovsky was the leading Russian Futurist poet of the 20th century who created an entirely new form of Russian poetry loosely resembling such modern day rappers as Eminem and Snoop Dogg.

He was born Vladimir Vladimirovich Mayakovsky on July 19, 1893, in the town of Bagdadi, Kutaisi ...

5. Vsevolod Vishnevskiy

Writer | Pobeda

Vsevolod Vishnevskiy was born on December 21, 1900 in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire as Vsevolod Vitalyevich Vishnevsky. He was a writer, known for Mother and Sons (1938), Nezabyvaemyy 1919 god (1951) and We Are from Kronstadt (1936). He died on February 28, 1951 in Moscow, USSR.

6. Leonid Andreyev

Writer | He Who Gets Slapped

Leonid Andreev was born on August 21, 1871 in Orel, Russia. His father, named Nikolai Ivanovich Andreev, was a member of the provincial Russian Nobility and worked as a land inspector for the government. His mother, Named Anastasia Nikolaevna Andreeva (Pazkovska) belonged to the Polish Nobility. ...

8. Nikolai Kolyada

Writer | Kuritsa

Nikolai Kolyada is an actor and writer, known for Kuritsa (1991), Teatr telewizji (1953) and A Gentle Creature (2017).

10. Yuriy Olesha

Writer | Kino za XX let

Yuri Karlovich Olesha was born on March 3, 1899, in Elizavetgrad, Russian Empire (now Kirovograd, Ukraine). His father, named Karl Olesha, belonged to Polish Shlachta and was a government officer. His mother was a devoted Catholic. In 1902 the family moved to Odessa. There young Olesha went to a ...

11. Yuri Tynyanov

Writer | Shinel

Yuri Nikolaevich Tynyanov was born on October 18, 1894, in Rezhitsa, Vitebsk province, Russian Empire (now Rezekne, Latvia). His father, named Nikolai Tynyanov, was a Medical Doctor. From 1904-1912 Tynyanov studied at Pskov Classical Gymnasium, where his younger school-mate was Veniamin Kaverin. In...

13. Vladimir Nabokov

Writer | Lolita

Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov was born on April 22, 1899, the eldest of five children in a wealthy aristocratic family in St. Petersburg, Russia. His grandfather was a Justice Minister to the Czar Alexander II. His father, named Vladimir Dmitrievich Nabokov, was a liberal political leader, the ...

15. Alexander Pushkin

Soundtrack | Florence Foster Jenkins

Born to noble parents (his father Sergei was a retired major, and his mother, Nadezhda, was the granddaughter of an ennobled Ethiopian general) on the 26th of May, 1799 in Moscow, Alexander Sergeevich Pushkin became involved with a liberal underground revolutionary group that saw him exiled to the ...

16. Mikhail Lermontov

Soundtrack | Philomena

Mikhail Lermontov was born in 1814 into an aristocratic Russian family and grew up in a trilingual environment. His ancestor was the Scottish Knight George Lermont, who came to Russia in 1613 and served the Tsar. Lermontov's grandmother hired a Frenchman, named Jean, who became a servant to the ...

17. Leo Tolstoy

Writer | Anna Karenina

Count Lev Nikolaevich Tolstoy was born on September 9, 1828, in his ancestral estate Yasnaya Polyana, South of Moscow, Russia. He was the fourth of five children in a wealthy family of Russian landed Gentry. His parents died when he was a child, and he was brought up by his elder brothers and ...

18. Aleksei Tolstoy

Writer | Aelita

Aleksei Tolstoy was born on January 10, 1883 in Nikolayevsk, Samara Governorate, Russian Empire as Aleksei Nikolayevich Tolstoy. He was a writer, known for Aelita: Queen of Mars (1924), Peter the First (1937) and The Hyperboloid of Engineer Garin (1965). He was married to Julia V.Rozhansky, ...

20. Fyodor Dostoevsky

Writer | The Double

Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky was born on November 11, 1821, in Moscow, Russia. He was the second of seven children of Mikhail Andreevich and Maria Dostoevsky. His father, a doctor, was a member of the Russian nobility, owned serfs and had a considerable estate near Moscow where he lived with his ...

21. Ivan Turgenev

Writer | Il pane altrui

Ivan Turgenev was born into a wealthy landowning family with many serfs, in the city of Oryol in Southern Russia. His father, a cavalry colonel, died when he was 15, and he was raised by his abusive mother, who ruled her 5000 serfs ruthlessly with a whip. He never married, but fathered a daughter ...

22. Sergei Esenin

Writer | Poj pesnyu, poet

Was found dead in 1925 in his room at the hotel Astoria/Angleterre in St. Petersburg, Russia. There is some evidence that he was murdered by the Soviet security service for his political position and support of Leon Trotsky. After the death of Esenin, Leon Trotsky gave a powerful speech in support ...

24. Vladimir Sorokin

Writer | 4

Vladimir Sorokin was born on August 7, 1955 in Bykovo, Ramenskiy rayon, Moskovskaya oblast, RSFSR, USSR as Vladimir Georgievich Sorokin. He is a writer and actor, known for 4 (2004), The Kopeck (2002) and Nastya.

25. Sergey Lukyanenko

Writer | Nochnoy dozor

Sergey Lukyanenko was born on April 11, 1968 in Karatau, Kazakh SSR, USSR as Sergey Vasilevich Lukyanenko. He is a writer and actor, known for Night Watch (2004), Day Watch (2006) and Aziris nuna (2006).

26. Arkadiy Strugatskiy

Writer | Stalker

Arkadiy Strugatskiy was born on August 28, 1925 in Batumi, Georgian SSR, Transcaucasian SFSR, USSR. He was a writer and actor, known for Stalker (1979), Dead Mountaineer's Hotel (1979) and Dark Planet (2009). He died on October 12, 1991 in Moscow, USSR.

27. Boris Strugatskiy

Writer | Stalker

Boris Strugatskiy was born on April 15, 1933 in Leningrad, RSFSR, USSR as Boris Natanovich Strugatskiy. He was a writer, known for Stalker (1979), Dead Mountaineer's Hotel (1979) and Dark Planet (2009). He died on November 19, 2012 in St. Petersburg, Russia.

28. Arkadiy Vayner

Writer | Mesto vstrechi izmenit nelzya

Arkadiy Vayner was born on January 13, 1931 in Moscow, RSFSR, USSR as Arkadiy Aleksandrovich Vayner. He was a writer and actor, known for The Meeting Place Cannot Be Changed (1979), Svidetelstvo o bednosti (1977) and Gorod prinyal (1979). He died on April 24, 2005 in Moscow, Russia.

29. Georgiy Vayner

Writer | Mesto vstrechi izmenit nelzya

He was the younger brother of Russian writer Arkadiy Vayner. Both brothers were writers. There were 7 years and 1 month between them.

30. Andrey Kivinov

Writer | Uboynaya sila

Andrey Kivinov was born on November 25, 1961 in Leningrad, RSFSR, USSR as Andrey Vladimirovich Pimenov. He is a writer and actor, known for Uboynaya sila (2000), Ulitsy razbitykh fonarey (1997) and Podsadnoy (2010).

31. Eduard Topol

Writer | Na krayu stoyu

Eduard Topol is a writer and director, known for Na krayu stoyu (2008), Oshibki yunosti (1978) and Otkrytiye (1974).

32. Maxim Gorky

Writer | Famine

Maksim Gorky is a pseudonym of Aleksei Maksimovich Peshkov, who was born into a poor Russian family in Nizhnii Novgorod on Volga river. Gorky lost his father at an early age, he was beaten by his stepfather and became an orphan at age 9, when his mother died. He was brought up by his grandmother, ...

33. Vladimir Korolenko

Writer | Slepoy muzykant

Vladimir Galaktionovich Korolenko was born July 27, 1853, into the family of a district judge in Zhitomir, Ukraine, Russian Empire. He studied at the St. Petersburg College of Technology, then at the Moscow Academy of Agriculture. In 1876 he was expelled from college for his revolutionary ...

34. Lyudmila Petrushevskaya

Writer | Pyasachen chasovnik

Lyudmila Petrushevskaya was born on May 26, 1938. The Moscow-born Petrushevskaya is regarded as one of Russia's most prominent contemporary writers, whose writing combines postmodernist trends with the psychological insights and parody touches of writers such as Anton Chekhov. Over the last few ...

35. Marina Tsvetaeva

Music_department | Zhestokiy romans

(February 15 or 16, 1920) Her younger child (at this time), a daughter Irina Efron, died from hunger at the age of 2.

37. Mikhail A. Bulgakov

Writer | Ivan Vasilevich menyaet professiyu

Mikhail A. Bulgakov was a Russian writer and medical doctor known for big screen adaptations of his books, such as Beg (1971) and Master i Margarita (1994).

He was born Mikhail Afanasievich Bulgakov on May 15, 1891, in Kiev, Russia (now Kiev, Ukraine). He was the first of six children in the family ...

38. Anton Chekhov

Writer | Kis Uykusu

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov was born in 1860, the third of six children to a family of a grocer, in Taganrog, Russia, a southern seaport and resort on the Azov Sea. His father, a 3rd-rank Member of the Merchant's Guild, was a religious fanatic and a tyrant who used his children as slaves. Young Chekhov...

39. Anatoli Lunacharsky

Writer | Salamandra

Anatoli Lunacharsky was born on November 24, 1875 in Poltava, Russian Empire as Anatoli Vasilyevich Lunacharsky. He was a writer and actor, known for Salamander (1928), The Bear's Wedding (1925) and Locksmith and Chancellor (1923). He died on December 26, 1933 in Menton, France.

40. Darya Dontsova

Writer | Dasha Vasileva. Lyubitelnitsa chastnogo syska 1

Darya Dontsova is a Russian writer of detective novels, scriptwriter, TV presenter and member of the Union of Writers of Russia.

Since early childhood parents were trying to teach Dontsova music and literature. For a start she was taken to music school and there the headmistress, having listened to ...

41. Mariya Semyonova

Writer | Volkodav iz roda Serykh Psov

Mariya Semyonova is a writer, known for Wolfhound (2006), Requital: Revenge of a Hero (2006) and Molodoy Volkodav (2007).

42. Nikolai Leskov

Writer | Lady Macbeth von Mzensk

Nikolai Leskov was born in 1831, in Gorokhovo, Orel province, Russia. His parents belonged to Russian gentry and owned an estate with serfs. He was a Gymnasium student until the age of 15. In 1846 his father died and a disastrous fire destroyed the family estate and ruined him financially. Leskov ...

43. Nikolai A. Nekrasov

Writer | Svatovstvo gusara

Nikolai A. Nekrasov, one of Russian poetry's most eloquent voices who survived through child abuse and poverty in his youth, became a successful publisher and author of some of the most mellifluent verses about women.

He was born Nikolai Alekseevich Nekrasov on December 10, 1821, in Nemirov, ...

45. Edvard Radzinsky

Writer | Eshchyo raz pro lyubov

Edvard Radzinsky was born on September 23, 1936 in Moscow, RSFSR, USSR as Edvard Stanislavovich Radzinskiy. He is a writer, known for Once Again for Love (1968), Sky. Plane. Girl (2002) and Moskva, lyubov moya (1974).

46. Boris Akunin

Writer | Shpion

Boris Akunin was born in 1956 in Georgian SSR, USSR as Grigory Shalvovich Chkhartishvili. He is a writer, known for The Spy (2012), Turetskiy gambit (2005) and The State Counsellor (2005).

48. Eduard Limonov

Writer | Russkoe

Eduard Limonov was born on February 22, 1943 in Dzerzhinsk, Gorky Oblast, Russian SFSR, USSR as Eduard Veniaminovich Savenko. He is a writer, known for It's Russian (2004), Des Teufels Kinder (2011) and Lunettes noires pour nuits blanches (1988). He has been married to Ekaterina Volkova since ...

49. Ilya Ilf

Writer | Sovershenno seryozno

Ilya Ilf was born Ilya Arnoldovich Fayzilberg on October 15, 1897, in Odessa, Russian Empire (now Odesa, Ukraine). His father, named Arnold Fayzilberg, was a clerk at a bank. In 1913, he graduated from a Technical School. He worked as a clerk, a telephone technician, and had various industrial jobs...

50. Yevgeni Petrov

Writer | Vozdushnyy izvozchik

Yevgeni Petrov was born Evgeni Petrovich Kataev on November 30, 1902, in Odessa, Russian Empire (Now Odesa, Ukraine). His father, named Petr Kataev, was a teacher. Petrov graduated from Classical Gymnasium in 1920, and became a news correspondent for the Ukrainian Telegraph Agency. From 1921-1923 ...

51. Valentin Kataev

Writer | Valentin Katajews chirurgische Eingriffe in das Seelenleben des Dr. Igor Igorowitsch

Russian novelist and playwright Valentin Katayev was born in 1897 in the Ukraine, to a middle-class background: his father was a schoolteacher and his grandfather was a general in the Czarist army. He joined the army in 1917 during World War I, was assigned to an artillery unit, and was wounded ...

52. Mikhail Sholokhov

Writer | Podnyataya tselina

Mikhail Sholokhov was a Russian writer who received a Nobel prize for his epic novel 'Tikhiy Don'.

He was born in 1905 into a Cossack family of farmers in Kruzhilin, Veshenskaya, Rostov province in Southern Russia. His high school studies were interrupted by the Russian revolution and the Civil War, ...

53. Aleksandr Kuprin

Writer | Gion no shimai

Honorary Director of the Maly Theatre (1923-1927).

57. Kir Bulychyov

Writer | Podzemelye vedm

Writer and historian. Received a Master's degree in 1965 and a Ph.D. in 1981. Wrote a first science fiction story in 1965. From 1963 worked in the Institute of Oriental Studies. Also worked as an interpreter and a script writer for over 20 movies and cartoons. Up to date he wrote hundreds of ...

59. Fazil Iskander

Writer | Rasstanemsya - poka khoroshie

Fazil Iskander was born on March 6, 1929 in Chegem, SSR Abkhaziya, USSR as Fazil Abdulovitch Iskander. He was a writer and actor, known for Rasstanemsya - poka khoroshie (1991), Chegemuri detektivi (1987) and Vory v zakone (1988). He was married to Antonina Khlebnikov. He died on July 31, 2016 in ...

61. Yulian Semyonov

Actor | Solyaris

Yulian Semyonov was born on October 8, 1931 in Moscow, RSFSR, USSR as Yulian Semyonovich Semyonov. He was a writer and actor, known for Solaris (1972), Noch na 14-y paralleli (1971) and Po tonkomu ldu (1966). He died on September 5, 1993.

64. Sergey Mikhalkov

Soundtrack | The Saint

Sergey Mikhalkov was born on March 18, 1913 in Moscow, Russian Empire as Sergei Vladimirovich Mikhalkov. He was a writer and editor, known for The Saint (1997), The Hunt for Red October (1990) and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011). He was married to Yulia Valerievna Subbotina and Natalia Petrovna ...

67. Lyudmila Ulitskaya

Writer | Umirat legko

Lyudmila Ulitskaya was born on February 21, 1943 in Davlekanovo, Bashkir ASSR, RSFSR, USSR as Lyudmila Evgenevna Ulitskaya. He is a writer, known for Umirat legko (1999), Teatr telewizji (1953) and The Funeral Party (2006).

68. Zakhar Prilepin

Writer | Vosmerka

Zakhar Prilepin is an award-winning novelist, essayist, journalist, political activist, TV presenter, actor and musician. His books have been translated into more than 20 languages and sold worldwide. Named Writer of the Year in 2016, he is the recipient of numerous awards, including the National ...

69. Dmitriy Bykov

Writer | Devstvennost

Dmitriy Bykov is an actor and writer, known for Devstvennost (2008), Poshchyochina, kotoroy ne bylo (1987) and Russia's Open Book: Writing in the Age of Putin (2013).

71. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Writer | One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was a Russian writer who was imprisoned for his criticism of the Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, and later exposed Stalin's prison system in his novels and spent 20 years in exile.

He was born Aleksandr Isaakovich Solzhenitsyn on December 11, 1918, in Kislovodsk, Southern ...

72. Boris Pasternak

Writer | Doctor Zhivago

Boris Pasternak was born in Moscow on February 10, 1890 into an artistic family of Russian-Jewish heritage. His father was an acclaimed artist named Leonid Pasternak, who converted to Christianity, and his mother was a renown concert pianist named Rosa Kaufman. Their home was open to family friends...

75. Evgeniy Evtushenko

Actor | Vzlyot

Yevgeni Yevtushenko (Evgeni Evtushenko) is a Russian poet, writer, actor, and film director who is best known for his poem 'Babi Yar' and the eponymous symphony made in collaboration with composer Dmitri Shostakovich.

He was born Yevgeni Aleksandrovich Gangnus (later he took his mother's last name, ...

76. Ivan Bunin

Writer | Nesrochnaya vesna

Ivan Bunin was the first Russian writer to win the Nobel Prize for Literature (1933).

He was born Ivan Alekseevich Bunin on October 22, 1870 on his ancestral estate near Voronezh, Russia. His father, Aleksei Bunin, and his mother, were descendants of several lines of old nobility that included ...

79. Anna Akhmatova

Writer | Svidanie v teatre pepla

Anna Akhmatova was arguably the greatest Russian woman poet.

She was born Anna Andreevna Gorenko on June 23, 1889, in Bolshoi Fontan, a suburb of Odessa, Ukraine, Russian Empire. Her father, Andrei Antonovich Gorenko, was a Navy Engineer. Her mother, Inna Erazmovna (nee Stogova), belonged to Russian...

80. Aleksei Ivanov

Writer | Tsar

Aleksei Ivanov was born on November 23, 1969 in Gorky, USSR. He is a writer and actor, known for Tsar (2009), Fizruk (2013) and The Geographer Drank His Globe Away (2013).

81. Joseph Brodsky

Writer | Khrustalyov, mashinu!

Joseph Brodsky was a Nobel Prize-winning Russian-Jewish poet, writer, director and translator, who was arrested and prosecuted by the Soviet regime before his emigration.

He was born Joseph Aleksandrovich Brodsky on May 24, 1940 in Leningrad (St. Petersburg, Russia). He survived the Nazi siege of ...

82. Viktor Dotsenko

Writer | Chyornye berety

Viktor Dotsenko was born in 1945. He is a writer and director, known for Chyornye berety (1995), Tridtsatogo unichtozhit! (1992) and His Nickname Is Beast (1990).

83. Daniil Koretskiy

Writer | [Anti]killer

Daniil Koretskiy is a writer and actor, known for Antikiller (2002), Antikiller 2: Antiterror (2003) and Operativnyy psevdonim (2003).

84. Sergey Minaev

Writer | Dukhless

Sergey Minaev is a writer and actor, known for Soulless (2012), Selfie (2018) and Soulless 2 (2015).

86. Fyodor Sologub

Writer | Melkiy bes

Russian writer and poet Fyodor Sologub was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1863. His father was a tailor and shoemaker who died when Fyodor was four. He and his sister were raised by their mother, who was a servant. In 1882, after attending the St. Petersburg Teahers Training Institute, he was ...

88. Korney Ivanovich Chukovskiy

Writer | Aybolit-66

Kornei Chukovsky was a Russian-Jewish writer who established himself before the Russian Revolution of 1917, and later emerged as important public figure in the Soviet Union.

He was born Nikolai Vasilyevich Korneichukov on March 31, 1882, in St. Petersburg, Russia. His father, Emanuel Ben Shlomo ...

92. Viktor Erofeyev

Writer | La bella di Mosca

Viktor Erofeyev is known for his work on La bella di Mosca (2001), Russian Libertine (2012) and Ex Libris (1988).

96. Vasiliy Aksyonov

Writer | Zavtraki sorok tretyego goda

Vasili Aksyonov was a medical doctor turned writer during the dramatic changes and transformations of Russia and Russian society under the Soviet-communist regime.

He was born Vasili Pavlovich Aksyonov on August 20, 1932 in Kazan, Tatarstan, Russia; where his father lived before his imprisonment. ...

97. Andrei Kurkov

Writer | Priyatel pokoynika

Andrei Kurkov is a writer, known for A Friend of the Deceased (1997), Death and Life and Yama (1990).

98. Valentin Rasputin

Writer | Vasiliy i Vasilisa

Valentin Rasputin was born on March 15, 1937 in village Atalanka, Ust-Udinsky District, East Siberian Oblast, RSFSR, USSR as Valentin Grigorievitch Rasputin. He was a writer, known for Vasiliy i Vasilisa (1981), Osobyy sluchay (1983) and Farewell (1983). He was married to Svetlana. He died on March...

99. Svetlana Alexievich

Writer | La supplication

Svetlana Alexievich was born in 1948 in Stanislav, Ukrainian SSR, USSR. She is known for her work on Voices from Chernobyl (2016), Chernobyl (2019) and Vassia (2017).

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