"I started with Turgenev"

A Sportsman's Sketches, also known as The Hunting Sketches or Sketches from a Hunter's Album, was the first major work by Russian writer Ivan Turgenev (1818-1883). The collection of short stories -- published in 1852 -- did much to further the abolition of serfdom, which finally occurred in Russia in 1861.

(See bookmark for page 16 for note on D. H. Lawrence and Sons and Lovers)

Dostoevsky 1872
Public DomainDostoevsky 1872 - Credit: Vasilije Perova
Brighton-born Constance Garnett (1861-1946) was one of the premier English translators of the major Russian writers, making much of their work accessible to many for the first time.

 War And Peace by Russian author and philosopher, Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (Leo Tolstoy), is widely considered to be one of the greatest literary masterpieces of all time. Written between 1865 and 1869, the text, which was originally published in six volumes, tackles life in 19th century Russia at the time of the Napoleonic Wars

Famed for their deeply analytical approach to the human psyche, the literary endeavours of Fyodor Mikhaylovich Dostoyevsky (1821-1881) were hugely influential to the evolution of 20th century existentialismThe Gambler mirrors the author's own addiction to roulette. The novella has been the basis for both film and opera, while Dostoyevsky's writing of the story (mainly to pay off gambling debts) was also the inspiration for the 1997 film of the same name.