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shutterspeed
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Finally Catching Up On Some Russian Lit
Read Pushkin's "The Queen of Spades" and "The Fatalist" from Lermontov's A Hero of Our Time for the first time. So good.

Planning to re-read Gogol's "The Overcoat" tonight.

Any favorite Russian authors or works?


Ace Midnight
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re: Finally Catching Up On Some Russian Lit
Damn, there was a Dostoevsky thread here just the other day.

I'm partial to Dostoevsky, but Gogol and Pushkin are up there, too, for me.
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Azazello
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re: Finally Catching Up On Some Russian Lit
One of my all-time favorite books is The Master and Margarita. Read that one asap.

Bulgakov is such a good writer.


shutterspeed
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re: Finally Catching Up On Some Russian Lit
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I'm partial to Dostoevsky


Cool. This anthology I'm reading has Dostoyevsky's short story "Bobok" in it. I'll share my thoughts after reading.


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shutterspeed
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re: Finally Catching Up On Some Russian Lit
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Bulgakov is such a good writer.


Thanks for the suggestions. Similarly, my current anthology has Bulgakov's "The Embroidered Tower." I'll let you know my thoughts.


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DLSWVA
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re: Finally Catching Up On Some Russian Lit
I remember enjoying Tolstoy's The Death of Ivan Ilyich as an undergrad.


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re: Finally Catching Up On Some Russian Lit
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Read Pushkin's "The Queen of Spades"


Factoid:

I learned while working in Russia that Pushkin, considered to be the Shakespeare of Russian language and literature, spoke mostly French as a child because he was of Russian nobility who thought that speaking French was more "civilized" and only peasants and serfs should speak Russian.

In fact, Pushkin learned the Russian language from the servants in his parents household including his nanny while growing up in St. Petersburg.

I now return you to your regularly scheduled book thread.....


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Htowntiger90
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re: Finally Catching Up On Some Russian Lit
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One of my all-time favorite books is The Master and Margarita. Read that one asap.


I've heard this is a good book, from a Russian girl I talked to on Match I need to check it out.

I enjoyed Dead Souls on audio. I haven't really read Dostoevsky yet. I keep thinking I'll save Crime & Punishment for a long flight to Europe, but I need to just jump into it. Is he as bad a writer as Hemingway said?


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re: Finally Catching Up On Some Russian Lit
Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev.


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re: Finally Catching Up On Some Russian Lit
Mikhail Sholokov’s “And quiet flows the Don” And “The Don Flows Home to the Sea” are excellent. They are tough reads like a lot of Russian literature, but powerful.


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