Table of contents:
- Sergey Lukyanenko
- Dmitry Glukhovsky
- Lyudmila Ulitskaya
- Dmitry Rus
- Evgeny Vodolazkin
- Daria Desombre
- Victor Pelevin
- Maria Stepanova
- Vladimir Sorokin
- Boris Akunin
It has long been known that the classics of Russian literature are read abroad. Many foreign celebrities often name Fyodor Dostoevsky, Mikhail Bulgakov, Anton Chekhov and Leo Tolstoy among their favorite writers. However, modern writers are confidently winning over foreign readers, and books of various genres and trends are popular.
Both Russian and foreign readers know and love, first of all, Sergei Lukyanenko's "Dozors", and the main character of the cycle of novels is sometimes even compared with the matured Harry Potter living in post-Soviet Moscow. Sergey Lukyanenko is the owner of numerous literary awards. At the annual congress of the European Science Fiction Society Eurocon in 2003, he was recognized as the best writer, more than once received the German Science Fiction Prize for the best translated novel.
The post-apocalyptic novels Metro 2033, Metro 2034 and Post found their readers abroad as well. His works have been translated into 40 languages, and foreign readers speak of them to an excellent degree, recognizing Dmitry Glukhovsky's ability to create a tense, and sometimes even eerie atmosphere full of uncertainty and fear.
European readers were able to appreciate the work of Lyudmila Ulitskaya back in the 1990s. Then she became the owner of the prestigious French Medici Prize for her amazing story "Sonechka". Today her works have been translated into 33 languages of the world, and readers love her books for the harmonious narration and the creation of voluminous and complex characters of the heroes. In 2009, Lyudmila Ulitskaya became the first Russian writer to be nominated for the International Booker Prize.
The author finished writing his first book in 2013, and today his series “Play to Live” is popular with readers all over the world. The story of the terminally ill protagonist Max touches to the core. She impresses with the amazing love of life of a guy with an inoperable brain tumor, plunging into virtual reality, as if to salvation.
The foreign reader appreciates the books of Russian writers and literary critics, first of all, for the continuation of the traditions of Russian classics, a careful attitude to the philosophy and history of the country. In his works of art, ordinary life is intertwined with fantasy and mystical plots. In the English-speaking environment, he became famous thanks to his novel "Laurus", which, according to The Guardian, entered the top ten best books in world literature about God.
The author of a series of detective novels won the honor of a foreign reader with the novel "The Phantom of Heavenly Jerusalem". They celebrate its special atmosphere and appreciate the opportunity to walk along the streets of Moscow with the author, get acquainted with history and enjoy the intricacies of a detective plot.
The writer's books are very popular abroad, and Viktor Pelevin himself is called one of the most popular Russian authors in the West. He began his triumphal march outside Russia with the novel "Chapaev and Emptiness", and today his works have been translated into all major languages of the world, including Chinese and Japanese.Fans of Victor Pelevin's work appreciate his works for their specific humor and ability to convey the spirit of the times.
Western readers were able to fully appreciate the philosophical and documentary book of the author "In Memory of Memory", which was published in seven countries of the world. They are attracted by the opportunity to get acquainted with the peculiarities of Russian life and still try to unravel the very mystery of the Russian soul, about which they talk so much. In 2021, Maria Stepanova was included in the list of the International Booker Prize.
The works of Vladimir Sorokin are very sharp, even extravagant, sometimes including elements of political satire and shocking. They become the subject of endless polemics and discussions and attract attention with their originality. The writer was nominated for the Booker Prize in 2013, was awarded an award by the German Ministry of Culture, and his books have been translated into dozens of languages.
The author of detective stories is especially loved in Germany and France, where his books seem to be no less popular than in Russia. Most of all, foreign readers value a series of books about Erast Fandorin, a charming aristocrat who unravels crimes against the background of significant events in Russian history. Foreign critics compare the style of Boris Akunin with the style of Leo Tolstoy.
Everyone knows that it is impossible to change the past, and history does not know the subjunctive mood. However, speculations about how events might develop if other decisions were made at important moments in history are invariably interesting. Artistic works in the genre of alternative history not only captivate, but also make you think, analyze and look at the world from a different angle.