Who Is Russia's Favorite Writer?
A recent study asked 1600 Russians who their favorite writers are. Here are the results, accompanied by facts, quotes, and trivia.
1. Leo Tolstoy: 45%
Famous, of course, for Anna Karenina and the slab of a book, War And Peace, Tolstoy supposedly gave his diaries, which detailed his sexual past, to his wife on the eve of their wedding.
2. Fyodor Dostoevsky: 23%
Author of The Brothers Karamazov and Crime And Punishment, Dostoevsky did a few years in a Siberian prison. Because he was classified as one of the most dangerous prisoners, his hands and feet were chained during his entire sentence.
3. Anton Chekov: 18%
Chekov was a doctor, and still found time to write some of the most-respected short fiction in the world.
Medicine is my lawful wife, and literature is my mistress.
4. Alexander Pushkin: 15%
Pushkin is responsible for what is possibly the most famous love poem written in Russian, and his death was caused by a gunshot sustained in a duel over the good name of his wife.
5. Nikolai Gogol: 13%
Despite dying in 1852, Gogol has 147 writing credits for films on IMDB.
6. Mikhail Sholokhov: 13%
Sholokhov has received two great honors: A Nobel prize for literature and an asteroid named for him.
7. Mikhail Bulgakov: 11%
The rumor is that Bulgakov burned the original manuscript for The Master And Margarita and had to rewrite the entire thing from memory.
8. Ivan Turgenev: 9%
I was afraid of looking into my heart...afraid of thinking seriously about anything...I did not want to know whether I was loved, and I did not want to admit to myself that I was not loved...
9. Maxim Gorky: 7%
Gorky's work was no doubt influenced by his rough childhood. He was orphaned at age 11, ran away from his grandmother's home at 12, and after a suicide attempt at age 19, traveled around Russia on foot for 5 years.
10. Mikhail Lermontov: 6%
A true book nerd, during his time at Moscow University, Lermontov attended lectures only to sit in the back of the room and read.
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