If you don’t know anything about Russian literature it may be hard to know where to start. That’s why we created this graph, which you can use as a starting point for your exploration.
It works in a very simple way, just like a conversation. Imagine you tell somebody you like Kurt Vonnegut, for instance. They will probably answer that you will also like Chuck Palahniuk and Ray Bradbury. But what they will not tell you is that Kurt Vonnegut thought that the Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Karamazov Brothers was the book where you could learn anything about life… or that if you like Chuck Palahniuk you will definitely like his Russian counterpart Victor Pelevin… and that after you read Victor Pelevin you should also try to read Vladimir Sorokin – another contemporary writer… and so on.
We invite you to use this graph to explore the Russian literature and to see how the Russian writers relate to the most known Western ones. It’s highly subjective, but we did our best to make it interesting and useful for you.
Originally created for Way to Russia Guides as a navigational tool for their Russian literature section.