Ilf and Petrov's Twelve Chairs (1920s) is a great read, it really captures the essence of Russian humor. It is one of a few books that dares to poke fun at the government, since this is sort of a big deal in much of Russian/Soviet history. If you want to read Dostoyevsky, I recommend The Idiot, it is my favorite of his works that I've read. I can't give you many more 19th century recommendations though, most of my studies were focused on the Soviet era and political topics.
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