13 best books by Dina Rubina

Review of the best according to the editorial board. About selection criteria. This material is subjective and does not constitute advertising and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.

Dina Ilyinichna Rubina is an outstanding writer, screenwriter and editor, master of prose of Russian literature, whose works are translated into 13 languages. She writes for people of different ages, in an unexpected way actualizing the pressing problems of society, revealing them in each work, helping the reader to find answers to burning questions.

Rating of the best books by Dina Ilinichna Rubina

Nomination a place title of the work rating
Rating of the best books by Dina Ilinichna Rubina 1 Parsley Syndrome 4.9
2 On the sunny side of the street 4.8
3 Babi wind 4.8
4 Leonardo's handwriting 4.7
5 High water of the Venetians 4.7
6 White dove of Cordoba 4.7
7 On Verkhnyaya Maslovka 4.6
8 Master Tarabuk 4.6
9 It only hurts when I laugh 4.5
11 When will it snow 4.5
12 “Here comes the Messiah!” 4.5
13 Stranger entrances 4.4

Parsley Syndrome

Author of the book: Dina Ilinichna Rubina

Rating: 4.9

Parsley Syndrome

The leader of the rating was the novel, which concludes the trilogy of books “People of the Air” about the search for the path of the Soul, “Parsley Syndrome”, filmed by domestic directors in 2015. The work captivates with the plot about the boy Pete and the girl Liza, who grow up together, improve, but over time the interaction becomes pathological: he is an artist, she is a doll. The drama reveals the attraction of all poles of life throughout the life of people whose behavior is determined by mental disorders originating in the family and society. A doll and a puppeteer is an analogy of the relationship between the main characters, Dina Rubina skillfully reveals the problem of people's addictions, the range of feelings they experience in the current situations. At the same time, the novel does not seem boring, on the contrary, it is interestingly and vividly presented, and the landscapes described in the narrative immerse you in the atmosphere and encourage you to buy a ticket to the fabulous Czech Republic.

On the sunny side of the street

Author of the book: Dina Ilinichna Rubina

Rating: 4.8

On the sunny side of the street

In second place is the vivid novel On the Sunny Side of the Street, which brings together various types of people in modern society. Katya, who took a step to the sunny side of the street after living in fear, her sister and the opposite in character Vera are the main characters of the work, Dina Rubina indirectly compares them, showing how the path to enlightenment and the 'bright side' opens up for different types of individuals. In addition to them, the work contains many minor characters – madmen, drug addicts, nobles and prisoners who have served time, drunks and other 'typical' personalities. The author compares all with real or mythical animals, revealing the essence of the heroes. Their diversity can be confusing, but it makes it more interesting to read the book – people fill the novel with colors that help Vera and Katya find their way to the 'sunny side of the street' and overcome their own dead ends.

Noted by the readers: the work provokes different emotions and even a lump in the throat, showing different aspects of life that it is not accepted to talk about.

Babi wind

Author of the book: Dina Ilinichna Rubina

Rating: 4.8

Babi wind

In third place in the rating is the ambiguous novel 'Babi Wind'. The plot is based on a young girl. She loves the sky – she jumps with a parachute, controls a balloon, overcomes obstacles. Everything changes when adulthood begins: difficulties push to move to New York, to change profession to a cosmetologist. People with their own stories flashing everywhere, including those with unusually confusing social and gender roles. The image of love was formed high, but imperfect, grotesque, from which the heroine suffers a lot. And yet he does not lose hope of finding true love – after all, this is the desire of every woman at any age.

In the novel 'Babi Wind' there are many life problems and emotions, frank scenes and suffering. The title reflects the life course of one woman.

The contradictory nature of the work is caused by numerous protracted descriptions, which not everyone likes, they put pressure on sore spots, from which they cause negative emotions, followed by reviews.

Leonardo's handwriting

Author of the book: Dina Ilinichna Rubina

Rating: 4.7

Leonardo's handwriting

In the novel 'Leonardo's Handwriting' the main character – Anna, gifted with clairvoyance, sees the past, the future, knows everything about mirrors and knows how to work with them as with a circus attribute and a paranormal instrument. Another unusual gift is the ability to write in a mirror-like handwriting similar to that of da Vinci. All abilities are hereditary, because Anna is a descendant of the very same Wolf Messing.

The story begins with a description of the heroine's life in a foster family in Ukraine. Even then, the foster mother noticed the girl's interest in mirrors. She finds understanding only in one person – the eccentric Eliezer, who also has the gift of mirror writing. This is followed by Anna's journey around the world as part of a circus troupe. She watches in horror as predictions come true, is faced with the suspension of friends and colleagues, and struggles to deny her gift, cornering it. But will she be able to escape from herself?

High water of the Venetians

Author of the book: Dina Ilinichna Rubina

Rating: 4.7

High water of the Venetians

The novella High Water of the Venetians is a poignant story of a young woman whose life is changed by a fatal diagnosis. After asking the doctor for a few days to 'catch her breath', she leaves for Venice on the same day, without telling her relatives. She tries to 'breathe' deeply, plunging into the atmosphere of a previously unknown state, society, to see this world, perhaps for the last time. She tries to wake up from the shock on the eve of heavy therapy. As in the classics of the genre, while traveling, she meets love or fleeting passion that adorns her days in Venice, as you know, a state dying from the advancing water.

The plot is not dashingly twisted, which is why the work is easy to read. The 'high water of the Venetians' is the revelation of a man living in anticipation of death.

White dove of Cordoba

Author of the book: Dina Ilinichna Rubina

Rating: 4.7

White dove of Cordoba

The sixth line of the rating is determined for the novel 'The White Dove of Cordoba', one of the most famous works by Dina Rubina, first published in 2009. In the center of the story is Zakhar Kordovin, a genius of artistic skill, an expressive genius and a noble, respected expert in the field, at the same time a charming swindler. The reader gets acquainted with his life, considering different eras, starting from his youth.

Dina Rubina plunges into the artistic environment, enhancing it with descriptions of ancient cities, works of famous artists. Kordovin leaves Russia, leads a life of pleasure, teaches the history of painting, is engaged in writing. At the same time, he creates copies of famous paintings, passing them off as originals, earning a lot of money on this. At first everything goes according to plan – success, money, a luxurious life … Until life bills for all sins committed, not only material ones, but also for other aspects of life.

On Verkhnyaya Maslovka

Author of the book: Dina Ilinichna Rubina

Rating: 4.6

On Verkhnyaya Maslovka

The novel “On Verkhnyaya Maslovka” is the universe of the creative environment with its own laws and vision of life, with its somewhat distorted understanding of what is happening around. The relationship between the characters is just as bohemian, the interaction takes place through the prism of their own worldview, but deeply and soulfully. A 30-year-old young artist is passionately in love with her – an elderly lady with a complex character, once a talented sculptor. These are two opposite personalities: he is suspicious and absurd, tragic is a typical young artist, she is grumpy and unattractive.

The reader sees the story through his own everyday understanding of things, so many points are difficult to understand. For example, bohemian lightness and seeming idleness are actually the yoke of talent for an artist, a battle for a decent life in opposition to death. We recommend reading 'On Verkhnyaya Maslovka' to mature and creative individuals.

Master Tarabuk

Author of the book: Dina Ilinichna Rubina

Rating: 4.6

Master Tarabuk

'Master Tarabuka' is a collection of stories and stories about youth and love. This book includes the previously reviewed 'High Water of the Venetians'. The works are read in one breath, perfect for while away leisure time with immersion in the topic and some comprehension of certain aspects of life.

The story 'Master Tarabuka' is a love story between a young artist Mitya and a girl playing the tambourine, which in the story is called 'Tarabuka'. For those who want to remember or for the first time experience the feeling of soaring passion and a whirlpool of feelings, the work will be very useful! It will also give food for thought about how important it is to be not only loved, but also honest and frank.

Double surname

Author of the book: Dina Ilinichna Rubina

Rating: 4.5

Double surname

The short story “Double Surname” from the collection of the same name raises the question of the instability of modern families. Truth is lost, love dissolves into misunderstanding and betrayal. It is amazing how Dina Ilyinichna, a woman, managed to reveal so subtly men's feelings on this score. No less important, the author emphasizes that it is also possible to love a child other than your own biology. This not only gives hope to single women with a baby in their arms, but also opens the eyes of men.

The problem is clearly revealed, and, what is remarkable, it was appreciated by readers even in Europe – the book 'Double Surname' by D. Rubina was appreciated by French critics and recognized as the best book of 2014, and eight years earlier, in 2006, the story was filmed.

It only hurts when I laugh

Author of the book: Dina Ilinichna Rubina

Rating: 4.5

It only hurts when I laugh

This book is in some way autobiographical. It features Dina Rubina in an interview format. Tells about himself, about his life, worldview, feelings. After reading 'It only hurts when I laugh', you can understand many of the author's works, after meeting with which questions remained.

D. Rubina calls to treat the works of prose writers easier, because this is not true knowledge that must be trusted unquestioningly. The author is a living person with his own thoughts, feelings, emotions. He often shares memories and stories with the reader, often confusing the path to the obvious end. The prose writer shares with the reader the ability to love the present, not the past or the future. 'It only hurts when I laugh' will help to better understand not only the works of Rubina, but also herself. Featuring the opportunity to get to know the author like a personal conversation over a cup of tea.

When will it snow

Author of the book: Dina Ilinichna Rubina

Rating: 4.5

When will it snow

The story 'When the Snow Falls' is called the pearl of Russian short prose. She immerses the reader in the world of a winter fairy tale and a sense of celebration. The work is based on the history of a family with all its versatility: sadness and joy, growing up of a child, adolescence, first love, adolescent protest and striving for a brighter future, the formation of consciousness and self-consciousness in the world. The eternal problem of mutual understanding between generations was raised. Dina Rubina managed to subtly describe the feelings of the heroes, delicately, without criticism and moralizing.

The main character is Nina, a teenage girl who has lost her mother. Over the years, her father finds new love, with which the antagonist cannot accept and plunges into the world of self-examination. In parallel, there is a struggle for life with a serious illness, Boris's meeting. The mood of the story is melancholy, autumn blues and sadness. Nina searches for herself, going through trials, trying not to lose herself.

For all the depth of the problem, Dina Ilyinichna wrote a deep story in easy language with hints of humor.

“Here comes the Messiah!”

Author of the book: Dina Ilinichna Rubina

Rating: 4.5

13 best books by Dina Rubina

It is no secret that Dina Ilyinichna Rubina, in addition to Russian citizenship, belongs to the Israeli state. The problems of migrants in Israel are discussed in the novel 'Here comes the Messiah!', Written back in 1996. The presentation form is short stories telling about the difficulties of adaptation of Russian people in an eastern country, difficulties with understanding other people's traditions and rituals are described with humor, some of them, on the contrary, are heavy and sad.

The novel by early Rubina, like most of her works, is easy to read and leaves a light train of thought over the significance of life and the place in it for each of us.

Stranger entrances

Author of the book: Dina Ilinichna Rubina

Rating: 4.4

Stranger entrances

In the final of the rating is the story 'Alien Entrances'. Contradictory – about love and simultaneous disrespect for each other neighbors of the same house. Dina Ilyinichna raises the problem of a collective dormitory in a pair of rooms with a shared kitchen, where the broad Russian soul often lacks space. It would seem that a book is about everyday life, but how interesting it is written: one day one lady decides that the neighbors take up more space than they deserve. Since then, she has received money orders in the mail every month. What happened, how were the conflicts settled, where did the money come from?

The work was written by the author and forgotten for years. After a while, Dina Ilyinichna, sorting through the trash, found a volume published once and, without redoing anything, decided to give it a path to the reader. With all the emotions, as they say, uncensored. Because this is life, real emotions and problems that adults need to learn to solve.

The second part of the story 'Other people's entrances' is 'Tomorrow, as usual'.


Attention! This rating is subjective and does not constitute advertising and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.

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