Fifty Highlights from the Russian literature is a standard work, containing detailed summaries and profound analyses of the most famous works of Russian literature (novels, short stories, plays, poems etc.).
In contrast to most literature compendia the book is not centered around the authors but around their works. The two volumes together cover a period of one and a half century – from Eugene Onegintill the The Gulag Archipelago. The first volume, focusing on the “Golden Age”, contains descriptions of works by Pushkin, Gogol, Turgenev, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy and others, while the second volume, focusing on the Silver Age and the Soviet period, describes works of Chekhov, Pasternak, Bulgakov, Nabokov, Solzhenitsyn and others.
The book is very useful as a reference tool for scholars and students but is at the same time written in a style which is comprehensible for everyone interested in Russian literature, inspiring them to read the original works.
Compared to its predecessors Classics of Russian literature (1991) and Russian masterpieces in brief (1999), on which it is based, this edition has been thoroughly revised and new chapters have been added.