Books and Film

Russian Book and Film Recommendations

Why Read?

Read in Russian to keep the language alive in your mind. Read everything you can — literature, media, or non-fiction.  Know your level and pick a text that is a little challenging, but not too challenging.  For instance, someone completing an advanced course of study at Middlebury’s School of Russian could choose to read Anna Karenina – a chapter a day is manageable and the language isn’t too hard once you get through a couple of chapters.  But Crime and Punishment would be too difficult.

Why Watch?

Watch Russian films to keep the language in your ear. View as many films as you can, with an emphasis on keeping your selections as inviting as possible based on your interests. Watch Russian TV, or choose from the films listed below. When you watch a Russian film, stop and replay moments that are difficult to understand, until you comprehend them. Pause the film and practice lines that are interesting to say. Listen carefully and work on your pronunciation by imitating what you hear.


Russian Book List

Post-Levels 1-4

«Старый повар», Константин Паустовский

«Снег», Константин Паустовский

«День без вранья», Виктория Токарева

«Рассказы и сказки», Лев Толстой

«Дама с собачкой», Антон Чехов

«Смерть чиновника», Антон Чехов

«Толстый и тонкий», Антон Чехов

«Солнце, старик и девушка», Василий Шукшин


Post-Levels 5-7

«Элья Исаакович и Маргарита Прокофьевна», Исаак Бабель

«Мой первый гусь», Исаак Бабель

«Очень короткий роман», Всеволод Гаршин

«Ника», Виктор Пелевин

«Любишь – не любишь» и др. рассказы, Татьяна Толстая

«Метель», Лев Толстой

«Анна на шее», Антон Чехов

«Душечка», Антон Чехов


Russian Movie Collections

Киноконцерн “Мосфильм”

Киноконцерн “Ленфильм”

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