The great 19-century Russian literature! One probably does not need to
read anyone else, anything more, does one, to know all there is to know about Russia and its much-hyped (yet quite real nevertheless) spirit of unending soulsearching...
Well, one does, of course. (Why else would we posit such a blatantly rhetorical thesis!)
Additionally listed below, in no particular order, are some of the books - just a few! - the reading of which will make your stay in St. Petersburg a so much more rewarding experience.
You are welcome!
“Petersburg” by Andrey Bely
“The Ladies from St. Petersburg” by Nina Berberova
“The Foundation Pit” by Andrey Platonov
“The Master and Margarita” by Mikhail Bulgakov
“The Hedgehog and the Fox” by Isaiah Berlin
“Hope Against Hope” by Nadezhda Mandelstam
“Less Than One: Selected Essays” and “On Grief and Reason” by Joseph Brodsky
“The Man With the Black Coat: Russia’s Literature of the Absurd” by Daniil Kharms
“Incidences” by Daniil Kharms
“Bend Sinister”, “Pnin”, “The Gift”, “Lectures on Russian Literature” by Vladimir Nabokov
“Vladimir Nabokov: The Russian Years” by Brian Boyd
“Pushkin House” by Andrei Bitov
“A Werewolf Problem in Central Russia”, “Omon Ra”, “Life of the Insects” by Victor Pelevin
“Moscow to the End of the Line” by Venedikt Erofeev
“The Burn” by Vassily Axyonov
“The Twelve Chairs” by Ilf and Petrov
“Another Life” by Yuri Trifonov
“33 Moments of Happiness” by Ingo Schulze
“Lenin’s Tomb” by David Remnick