Sales of classic Russian novels are going through the roof, according to Moscow's biggest bookstore—and it's all thanks to the World Cup. Russian businesses across the 11 host cities have observed a boost thanks to the two million visitors the tournament has brought to Russia, according to the government. Lining streets with massive parties and drinking cities nearly dry of beer has become the norm for many fans, but some are apparently spending their cash on more intellectual keepsakes from the host country. Works by Russia's most celebrated poet Alexander Pushkin, sage novelists Fyodor Dostoyevsky and Leo Tolstoy and other legendary writers in the Russian language are all selling fast, according to the Moscow House of Books. The tournament's bestselling author so far appears to be a proud son of Ukraine's capital Kiev, who wrote predominantly in Russian.
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