Three Quintessential Books to Add to Your “Russian Masters” List
It is not unusual for those on a quest to understand Russia to plough through Dostoyevsky, Chekhov, and Tolstoy; the more adventurous add Bulgakov and Pasternak to their lists. Yet Russia of the twenty-first century is as far removed from the world created by its literary classics as is Europe or America. It is a nation haunted by its violent past and struggling to find meaning in the ideological void left by several collapses of statehood. The three books discussed below convincingly and imaginatively articulate reality as it is today for many Russians while remaining true to the high principles set by the literary masters of the past.