Russian resources

4. virtual resources

4.1 digital works and authors

This page lists useful resources on some of Russia's most celebrated writers. A selection of sites offering a broader range of Russian literature can be found in the Virtual Libraries section.

Bulgakov's Master and Margarita is an online reading guide for Mikhail Bulgakov’s Master and Margarita covering the novel’s themes and characters and providing chapter annotations, maps, a timeline, illustrations and bibliography.

The Complete Works of Dostoevsky. This site gives access to the Russian-language concordances of the complete works of Fyodor Dostoevsky, as well information on the Petrozavodsk State University’s canonical texts of Dostoevsky.

Dostoevsky Research Station. A Czech-created Dostoevsky reference site with bibliography of critical works, chronology, quotations and over 200 links to other sites. This site offers the complete texts of Dostoevsky’s works online, free of charge, including The Brothers KaramazovCrime and Punishment and Notes from the Underground.

Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky. This is a Middlebury College website, created by Thomas Beyer Jr., including reading guides to Dostoevsky’s major works and student papers on Dostoevsky.

The Pushkin Page. This site includes a biography and list of operas based on Pushkin’s works.

Reading Tolstoy. A project to digitize the complete works of Leo Tolstoy.

The Nabokov Online Journal is a peer-reviewed bilingual journal dedicated to Nabokov studies. It aims to achieve a balance between publication of English- and Russian language scholarship.


You can now access many literary works either online (free of charge) or on CD-ROM. The digitization of literature can be a great research tool as it will allow you to do specific searches in the text from the comfort of your own home. For links to online literature, check our section on virtual libraries. There you will find many of the literary works you are studying online, further to the sample authors listed here. If you are interested in CD-ROMs dedicated to particular authors, one major publisher of literature-based CD-ROMs is Chadwyck-Healey. For more information on their products click here: ProQuest and Chadwyck Healey.

Europeana provides access to over 50 million digitised items - books, music, artworks and more.