Do The Talking, Do The Talking: Recommendations, Russian books

Do The Talking: Russian Dystopian books + recommendations


Hi! Welcome to another post on Russian books rant!

Considering latest trends in literature overall, I’d like to cover up another topic that is known little to noone outside Russia, and that is Russian dystopian books.

For those who love The Hunger Games, Maze Runner, Divergent, and similar book series – this post can be interested for you!

Dystopia genre is actually not that much popular among Russian writers, as it is in international writing field. Probably because there are very few works that could possibly beat the infamous novel We by Evgeny Zamyatin. That novel is remarkable for starting the whole Russian dystopia sub-genre.

Also on the matter of readers’ preference, dystopia is not listed in top genres Russians choose for reading, so looks like writing dystopian books might be very entertaining for the writer, but hardly profitable in Russian market. Plus Russian dystopian books easily gets lost among more famous of foreign literature, including 1984 by George Orwell, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradburry, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, and many others.

Of course, just like other books get out in the market, every new release can be hit or miss. But for Russian dystopian genre, this game of chance can be much harsher. Also I should add that, Russian expectations on books seem to be higher than from international bookworms (this could be both good and bad, depends on how you see it), so for a dystopian book to be truly recognized, it must be logical and reasonable from world building, to plot, to characters. Without any of these factors, it’s hard to conquer Russian readers.

So let’s move onto recommendations. Please notice that I will add the second genre that represents the book, e.g. “dystopia + sci-fi”, or “dystopia + fantasy”.


1. We by Evgeny Zamyatin

Genres: Dystopia + sci-fi
Immortal classics of Russian dystopian sub genre. I tried reading it as a little girl, but, obviously, the topic was way too hard for a young mind to carry. Now I really want to read it to understand and feel its magnificence.

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2. The Foundation Pit by Andrey Platonov

Genres: Dystopia + novel
This novel was written by Andrey Platonov in 1930, and this book is described as social parable, philosophical grotesque, and a tough satire on the USSR in times of the first five-year plan (первая пятилетка).

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3. Snail on the Slope by Strugatsky brothers

Genres: Dystopia + sci-fi
Strugatsky brothers are usually called one of the best sci-fi authors of USSR, and this book specifically was written way back in 1966.

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4. The Slynx by Tatyana Tolstaya

Genres: dystopia + post-apocalyptic fiction
A relatively new novel by Tatyana Tolstaya, who’s the granddaughter of Alexey Tolstoy (author of Peter the Great) on the paternal line. The story is about Russia after nuclear war that affected everything, including evolution of the living species.

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5. Dunno on the Moon by Nikolay Nosov

Genres: dystopia + tale (+a bit of sci-fi)
The only book featured in this post that is of tale genre. Dunno is one of the most famous and beloved characters of little children, and many Russians have read or watched the Adventures of Dunno and his friends (I watched it, too). This is the third book in series, and it is specifically written as a satire to Western capitalism.

Unfortunately, there’s apparently no English translation for this book.

6. Metro 2033 by Dmitry Glukhovsky

Genres: dystopia + post-apocalyptic fiction + fantasy
I think I can say that this book series is one of the best in modern Russian dystopian literature. Considering how the Moscow subway became an inseparable part of a life for Russians, this story about the world after nuclear war, where the survivors are only those who managed to hide in subway tunnels, made a huge impact on Russian readers.

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7. Metro 2034 by Dmitry Glukhovsky

Genres: dystopia + post-apocalyptic fiction + fantasy
The sequel to Metro 2033, this book continues telling a story of survival of the last of humankind on the other side of the Moscow subway.

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8. Metro 2035 by Dmitry Glukhovsky

Genres: dystopia + post-apocalyptic fiction + fantasy
This is the final story of Metro series, and it unites the characters from previous two books. If you’re looking for a good dark dystopian book series, Metro can stand a chance to become your new favorite.

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9. FUTU.RE by Dmitry Glukhovsky

Genres: dystopia + sci-fi
I decided to give this whole row of books to Dmitry Glukhovsky as he’s pretty much constant on writing dystopias, and this book is of no exception. Set in 25th century’s Europe, the world now belongs to “immortals” – the ones who found a vaccine against aging, and the price for being immortal is to be childfree.

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What do you think of this topic? Was it interesting for you? Found any titles you’d like to check out? Let me know here in the comments!

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