What you wanted to know about contemporary Russian literature but did not know where to look.

The Russian book market is considered as being a somewhat mysterious and remote entity even to people actively engaged in the area. This obviously puts Russian authors and publishers at a disadvantage in terms of reputation and it also has a negative effect on commercial gain. What is currently perceived to be ​​the Russian literary tradition is simply a reflection of the great works of writers of the 19th and mid 20th Centuries. Only a small number of authors represent the modern Russian book culture in the West, to the credit of a select number of literary agencies, but their works are mostly of fiction. Russian published nonfiction and children's books have been almost unknown to foreign publishers - so far…

The web based Russian Literature Online project has been created to address such issues. Rus-Lit aims to provide the international publishing community with regularly updated information on the Russian book industry. It also focuses on principal institutions, recent market developments, new up and coming authors and books worthy of attention.

The task may seem ambitious but it is justified by our attempt to supply badly needed up-to-date information in a neglected area.

Please note: Extended information is available upon request


March, 6 2014
SLOVO,  5th Russian Literature Festival in London opens 8th March
SLOVO is returning to London in March 2014 for the fifth time!

From Pushkin to Pelevin, Dostoevsky to Bykov, Mayakovsky to Shishkin – literature has always been Russia’s calling ...
February, 27 2014
'Crime and Punishment' / The translator, Oliver Ready, in conversation with Rachel Polonsky
Penguin Classics has published a new translation of Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment, which is arguably the greatest Russian novel of all time. The novel "hinges on a murder scene of appal...
February, 27 2014
A group of British and Russian organisations turn young British heads eastwards
2London-based company, Russia Local Ltd, in a partnership with a number of British and Russian cultural, educational and business organisations as well as media has launched an exciting new project ca...

Russian book market

March, 14 2014
Controversy in reading: Soft porn and Spiritual Reading amongst Russian bestsellers
Bookmate, Russian subscription-based digital library, summed up the results of online reading for 2013. The first list shows the most favorite books that readers managed to finish. The top 5 in descending...
March, 13 2014
Bookmate, Russian subscription-based digital library
If a reader will not go to a bookstore, a publisher must go to a reader; or at least follow them to the place where they can be found. 

So much has already been said about social networks...
February, 12 2013
Russian e-book market - En attendant Godot ?

It is fair to say that e-books have been popular in Russia amongst readers but, interestingly, not so much amongst publishers so far. According to various estimates over 20 million people in Russia ...