Cultured Convicts: survey reveals Russian prisoners choose to learn Tolstoy, Dumas & different excessive forehead literature whereas doing time


What would you do to move the time if you happen to have been behind bars? In Russia, they learn. On Thursday, the nation’s jail service launched an inventory of the most-read books, and Mikhail Bulgakov’s ‘Master and Margarita’ got here in first.

The top-10 record was launched along side a nationwide marketing campaign referred to as ‘Books Are Your Friends.’

Bulgakov’s novel, once-censored within the Soviet-era, was adopted by Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s ‘Crime and Punishment’ and ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’ by Alexandre Dumas – the highest-ranking overseas title.

The high 10 additionally included three books by Leo Tolstoy – ‘War and Peace,’ ‘Anna Karenina’ and ‘Resurrection’ – in addition to Dumas’ ‘The Three Musketeers’, Fyodor Dostoevsky’s ‘The Brothers Karamazov,’ Victor Hugo’s ‘Les Miserables,’ alongside Mikhail Sholokhov’s ‘And Quiet Flows the Don.’

Notably, the record consists of no titles initially written within the English language.

Speaking to Russian information company TASS, a Federal Penitentiary Service spokesperson defined that male convicts “prefer historical books, adventures, detective stories, and science fiction,” whereas girls choose romance.

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In whole, Russia’s correctional amenities have 1,137 libraries with greater than 5 million printed publications, and over 38,000 prisoners are members of studying golf equipment.

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