Мare, I am sorry that I haven't noticed your question earlier.mare_serenitatis wrote:I have exactly the opposite problem: I know all the western SciFi movies and books but never had access to the Russian SciFi literature, because of the "iron curtain". Only now I begin to get access to Russian literature.
What is your favourite SciFi novel?
Yes "iron curtain" very much hindered to all of us. But now other problems in Russia …
Now the western art gets to us easier, but for modern Russian art it became more difficult to make the way to readers.
Unfortunately I not well enough know last novelties of the Russian literature. My favourite Russian science fiction writers always were and there are brothers Strugatsky.
Unfortunately I can advise to read to you only few of their works. And it not only because it is translated on other languages a little from these. The majority of their works too "Russian". I think that fantastic novels of Strugatsky represent real Russian life even more naturalistically, than many realistic novels of other writers. Therefore it seems to me that much in it will be not clear to the foreigner who was not living in Russia long enough.
But one novel should be clear to everybody as it seems to me. It «Roadside Picnic».
On this site it is possible to free download it in English.
Here there are some more works in English, but I don't know them: or I didn't read them, or their names are changed. There is one more novel in French «The Snail on the Slope». I very much love it, but it from what are possibly obscure for foreigners.