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My favorite author is Ayn Rand who was born to a Jewish bourgeoisie family in Russia in 1905. Her writing was affected greatly by her experiences under Communism after the Bolshevik Revolution 1917. Her first book "We the Living" was based around the time just after the Bolshevik Revolution. It's really a fascinating read because Rand wasn't just writing that book. She had lived it.
I have also read Leo Tolstoy as well. I don't really prefer his writing. The thing with his type of writing, he didn't publish the whole story at once. He wrote by chapter and they were published in the newspaper. Therefore, he was paid by chapter. So, to have financial security he drew out the whole story. There are a lot of unnecessary parts. Just my take on it.
Agree ... Ayn Rand is awesome I also love the writings of Chekhov, Tolstoy, Pasternak, Solzhenitsyn and my special favorite is Irene Nemirovsky. Also the poetry of Anna Akhmarova is deeply affecting IMO. Nationality wouldn't be my chief concern when selecting books so I probably have read other Russian writers without being conscious of their nationality .... mind you they would have to be writing in English or translated - my Russian is limited to Das vadanya regretfully
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