Monday, October 1, 2007
A literature as vast as its land
Ex Libris has proposed a Russian lit challenge in '08 and I'm going to be there. I know the challenge could use a talented button maker (not the Peer Gynt kind) if anyone with those talents wants to volunteer. If you're the type that know you will never read any Tolstoi without a push or if you're a nut about Russian culture and history like I am - head on over and join the challenge.
I am proposing:
Life and Fate - Vasily Grossman
The Gulag Archipelago - Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
Natasha's Fire - Orlando Figges
Heavy Sand - Anatoly Rybakov
Among the Russians - Coin Thubron
Revolution on My Mind - Jochen Hellbeck
and possibly Re-reading Master and Margarita (Mikhail Bulgakov) and Anna Karenina (Lev Tolstoy)
Oh my gosh, I have no Chekhov, I'll have to add something.
Labels: book challenges, books, Russia
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I'll be joining this one, but I'm not going to make a list until closer to 2008.
Too many decisions, quite frankly!
Eva - I know what you mean. It only, since I don't actually HAVE to do this, that I really want to.
This is extremely tempting. I think I am going to have to join...but who to pick??
I'm tempted to add "Gulag Archipelago" -- but then, will I get around to it?
Re-reading Bulgakov sounds fun.
DO - I can't imagine I will get through everything on my list but it's worth a try.
So glad you are joining in, Ted! I'm really excited about the challenge, and I am glad that so many others are, too.
Ex - I'm glad you're offering it. There are so many things Russian that I want to read and haven't yet. This will be just the little flame I need under my butt.
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