Have you often thought about the fact that great writers, famous all over the world, also have favorite authors whom they wanted to be like and whose books they read? For the World Writer’s Day, which is celebrated on March 3, we have prepared a list of favorite books by famous domestic and foreign authors especially for the 7days.ru portal.

Stephen King


William Golding “Lord of the Flies”

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Stephen King – William Golding “Lord of the Flies”

Stephen King – a modern American writer, most of whose novels and books are written in the genres: horror, thriller and mysticism.

Stephen King especially highlights the novel “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding among his favorite books and attaches great importance to his work. In one of his collections of short stories, Hearts in Atlantis, the author refers many times to certain works by William Golding. More than once in his life, King admitted that “Lord of the Flies” a book he would like to write himself.

Golding’s allegorical novel tells about what can happen to the pure soul of a child who finds himself on a desert island and forgets about love, mercy and compassion. This is a philosophical parable, a warning novel that makes you reconsider your attitude to life, yourself and the people around you, it reminds you that the world is fragile, and human souls are mysterious.

Viktor Pelevin


Mikhail Bulgakov “The Master and Margarita”

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Victor Pelevin – Mikhail Bulgakov “The Master and Margarita”

The modern Russian writer, winner of numerous literary awards, Viktor Pelevin, in each of his books, raises topics that in one way or another relate to the current stage of human development. He analyzes and asks the reader eternal questions concerning the meaning and value of life, love and fidelity, honor and dignity.

The first book that made an indelible impression on the author was Mikhail Bulgakov’s novel The Master and Margarita, for which Pelevin ran away from classes and read new chapters in the school library for a long time. Bulgakov’s work is still for the writer a peculiar image of a person’s freedom from all the circumstances that bind him and the influences of the outside world.

“The Master and Margarita” the greatest work of Mikhail Bulgakov, beloved not only in Russia, but throughout the world. This is a novel that reveals such important, but at the same time, very subtle themes: love and betrayal, good and evil, death and eternal immortality. This is a book for all time, a legend and a parable that everyone should read at least once in their lives.

Fedor Dostoevsky


Miguel de Cervantes “Don Quixote”

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Fedor Dostoevsky Miguel de Cervantes “Don Quixote”

The great Russian writer, publicist, philosopher and thinker Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky said that Cervantes had a great influence on his work, in particular his novel Don Quixote. In addition, literary critics and researchers often compare the image of the main character Cervantes with the image of Prince Myshkin from the novel The Idiot, who were driven to madness by their manic idea.

Don Quixote (Alonso Quijano) is the central image of one of the most popular works of world literature, the novel of the same name, created by the Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes. This work is in many ways reminiscent of a medieval chivalric romance. However, here the image of the protagonist is perceived by many as an archetype of human nature, a separate psychological category of people that gave rise to the philosophical concept of “quixoticism”. Don Quixote is a universal image, a prototype of many future literary characters, which expresses the eternal properties of a strong-willed person, capable of performing real feats in the name of Love, Goodness and Honor.

Boris Akunin


Boris Akunin – Alexandre Dumas “Three Musketeers”

Boris Akunin, one of the most popular Russian writers of our time, calls the novel The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas his favorite book. The writer says that it was from this great adventure story, so vividly and interestingly presented by the French classic, that his love for books began. After all, according to Akunin, “the best adventure is reading.”

Alexandre Dumas “Three Musketeers”

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The Three Musketeers is the most famous work of Alexandre Dumas, which has been filmed countless times. This novel is read by schoolchildren and businessmen, the heroes are admired, the deeds of the quirky cardinals are condemned and condemned, and the exploits and incredible adventures of Athos, Porthos, Aramis and d’Artagnan leave no one indifferent.

Dan Brown

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William Shakespeare “Much Ado About Nothing”

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Dan Brown – William Shakespeare “Much Ado About Nothing”

The famous American writer, journalist and musician, Dan Brown, who wrote such novels as The Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons, which became popular all over the world, calls Much Ado About Nothing one of his favorites. books. In this most famous comedy by William Shakespeare, Brown celebrates the special play on words that the English classic so skillfully portrayed.

The play, whose title comes from the well-known proverb of the same name, tells about the comical and sparkling duel of the minds of Beatrice and Benedict, which unfolds against the backdrop of the villainy of Don Juan. In the play “Much Ado About Nothing”, Shakespeare ridicules human stupidity with caustic jokes, and sharp verbal “shootouts” of the main characters make the reader correctly compare independent rational characters with weak-willed and overly conservative ones.

Sergey Dovlatov

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Anton Chekhov novels and short stories

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Sergey Dovlatov Anton Chekhov novels and short stories

Sergei Dovlatov is a Soviet writer and journalist, prose writer, author of more than ten books of short stories.

Dovlatov wrote about simple, human things with humor designed to restore the reader’s sense of stability, which is extremely difficult to find in the modern world. The writer admits that the work of Anton Chekhov became fundamental for him, in many ways – teaching. He often said that he wanted to be like Anton Pavlovich in his work. Chekhov’s stories and stories were so loved by Dovlatov, because they lack teaching and moral condemnation, and the key place was occupied by the desire to objectively describe reality and the people represented in it.

Anton Chekhov has all sorts of works: witty stories and humorous stories, funny and tragic stories, sometimes prosaic, and sometimes sarcastically caustic. They are all different, but they all talk about one thing – about a person, his soul and his inner world. Over 25 years of his work, the author has written more than 900 stories, short stories and plays, many of which have become world classics, and performances based on works gather full theater halls around the world.

Ernest Hemingway

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Ernest Hemingway Leo Tolstoy “War and Peace”

The literary idol of the American writer and journalist, Nobel Prize winner in 1954, Ernest Hemingway was Leo Tolstoy. The writer explained his love for the classics in this way: “I don’t know anyone who would write about the war better than Tolstoy. I love War and Peace, I love it for its amazing, heartfelt and truthful descriptions of war and people.

One of the most famous and large-scale works of the 19th century, Leo Tolstoy’s epic novel “War and Peace” tells about Russian society during the war with Napoleon in 1805-1812. This novel, which will be relevant for all times and for all generations, is the same as life itself: interesting, varied, bright, and, of course, very long.

Leo Tolstoy “War and Peace”

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Leo Tolstoy “War and Peace”

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Lev Tolstoy


Victor Hugo “Les Misérables”

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Leo Tolstoy – Victor Hugo “Les Misérables”

Great Russian humanist Lev Tolstoy highly appreciated the work of the classic of French literature Victor Hugo, and in particular, his novel Les Misérables. Tolstoy called it the best French novel and remained true to this opinion until the end of his life: “… Victor Hugo has great strength, real … Everything about him is not true, but I love him, I love his soul.”

Les Misérables is a great gripping epic novel that still arouses the interest of readers to this day, more than 150 years after it was written. This is a bright kaleidoscope of dramatic destinies, the confrontation between good and evil, human generosity and meanness, love and compassion, in which we observe the spiritual rebirth of the protagonist, drastic changes in his lifestyle and new guidelines for the future. The novel was filmed several times, the last – in 2012, the musical film of the same name was shot with Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman and Ann Hataway starring.

Zakhar Prilepin


Gaito Gazdanov “Evening at Claire’s”

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Zakhar Prilepin Gaito Gazdanov “Evening at Claire’s”

Zakhar Prilepin – prose writer, publicist, musician, two-time finalist for the Big Book Award (winner of the second prize for the novel The Abode, 2014). His favorite writer is Gaito Gazdanov and his novel Evening at Claire’s. “This is a magical writer that fascinates me” said Prilepin, considering Gazdanov a master of the Russian language, close to Bunin’s literary traditions.

“An Evening at Claire’s” this is a memory novel created in a difficult time, which was formed in the face of many social and political problems. Its main and most striking features are faith, the desire for change and improvement. The main character, Nikolai, lives in his own world, he is absorbed in memories of the past, but has no specific goals even in the present. After meeting Claire, his whole life changes.

Sergey Lukyanenko


Arthur Conan Doyle “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes”

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Sergey Lukyanenko – Arthur Conan Doyle “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes”

Sergey Lukyanenko is a Russian writer, author of six novels about the Light magician Anton Gorodetsky. The stories of Arthur Conan Doyle about the adventures of Sherlock Holmes and his eternal companion Doctor Watson are loved by Lukyanenko because the author in each new intricate story expresses his faith in the justice and power of the human mind, which he reveals through the actions and words of his main characters.

Sherlock Holmes is a literary character, the famous London detective, a private detective, whose image was created by Arthur Conan Doyle. Books about him are exemplary classics of the detective genre, which are read even by those who do not like detective stories – they are so interesting and realistically written. Together with the main characters, who solve secret crimes in each new story using the famous deductive method of Holmes, the reader is immersed in a story full of dangers and mysteries. The incredible adventures of Holmes and Dr. Watson are described in 56 stories and four stories by Conan Doyle.

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By Yara

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