Leo Tolstoy and Fyodor Dostoyevsky have been named Russia’s most eminent authors, according to the Levada Centre website. Their survey, carried out on the World Writers Day, asked 1,600 Russians to name the greatest writers from amongst their fellow countrymen. Respondents selected the writers themselves, and gave several names.
Leo Tolstoy was the most popular choice with some 45% of the vote, followed by Fyodor Dostoyevsky with 23%. Third place saw Anton Chekhov with 18%, while a mere 15% of respondents named Alexander Pushkin as Russia’s most outstanding literary master.
Later down the list saw Nikolai Gogol (13%), Mikhail Sholokhov (13%), Mikhail Bulgakov (11%) and Ivan Turgenev (9%). Maxim Gorky and Mikhail Lermontov also appeared in the rankings, getting 7% and 6%, respectively.
Amongst the other authors named by respondents were also Solzhenitsyn, Alexander Kuprin, Ivan Bunin, Nikolai Nekrasov, Darya Dontsova, Boris Akunin, Alexander Griboyedov, Alexander Ostrovsky, Vladimir Nabokov, Valentin Pikul, Konstantin Simonov and Alexei Tolstoy.