Where can I find licence-free dual language English-Russian novels? I think this is one of the most effective way of learning language, because of no time needed to search words in dictionary, and the translation is always before eyes. However, finding such books is a bit challenge. I've found the multi-language Bible, but this kind of literature isn't appealing to me.

The best would be science-fiction novels, but everything else except romances would be also fine.

  • To start with have a look through the Russian Readers section on amazon, Although looking at it, it's pretty poor. It's an old one but I enjoyed Bondar's annotated Queen of Hearts by Pushkin.
    – z7sg Ѫ
    Jun 13, 2012 at 22:07
  • Why must these novels be license-free? There is a book of translations called Russian Stories: a Dual Language Book, edited by Gleb Struve, which you can find on amazon.
    – KCd
    Jun 15, 2012 at 0:28
  • Well, not exactly licence-free, but the ones I need not pay for ;)
    – FolksLord
    Jun 15, 2012 at 4:48
  • I found Russian Stories: A Dual-Language Book interesting. Jul 22, 2012 at 11:25
  • Surprised nobody had mentioned this one - franklang.ru/… - Oh, sorry, it turns out it is mainly not free.
    – shabunc
    Jul 30, 2012 at 22:45

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The Moshkow library has explicit sections for genres in English translation. It also often includes English translations alongside Russian novels where the rights to such can be obtained. A lot of Soviet-era and older novels can be found there, for which the Russian texts are naturally also available alongside.


This collection of parallel text articles may be of interest.

This website for Russians studying English has some parallel text articles that look quite good.

The browser extension Franker, available for Safari and Chrome, injects Google Translate translations after each sentence. Machine translation is notoriously wonky, but you should be able to get the gist of what's written. Using it on Russian, rather than English, pages should yield the best results.

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