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One of the best Russian authors you’ve never heard of: ‘The History of a Town’ by M E Saltykov-Shchedrin

In 2015, I embarked on a  twelve month Russian reading challenge.  Now that we’re in the middle of a year filled with commemorations of the 1917 revolution, I suspect I may have jumped the gun slightly.  I can’t feel many … Continue reading

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Russian Reading Update – You must read this book: ‘Cancer Ward’ by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1966)

Sometimes whole years go by during which I forget how much I love Solzhenitsyn. I know, it seems almost unbelievable.  Because, sadly,  there are only 12 months in the year, he didn’t make it into my 2015 Russian reading project; … Continue reading

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Back to the Best of the Russians: ‘Islanders and The Fisher of Men’ by Yevgeny Zamyatin (1917-18)

My goodness, but Zamyatin is an unexpected writer. I certainly was taken by surprise when I first read ‘We.’  In fact, I was also surprised on re-reading when I found it surpassed my happy memory (I wrote about it here).  I … Continue reading

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Russian Reading Update: The Unpronounceable, but utterly wonderful, Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky

It seems unbelievable that Krzhizhanovksy languished in obscurity for so long, because he does seem like the answer to every cliché of Russian literature.  With the single caveat that his books are significantly shorter than Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky’s epic tomes, … Continue reading

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Russian Reading Update: Learning about the Don Cossacks from Sholokhov

My goodness, but Sholokhov is little known in the UK.  He’s not even been included (yet) in the Alma classics and NYRB’s new publications of lesser-known Russian greats.  Even with the help of the internet, it still wasn’t that easy … Continue reading

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Russian Reading Update: Social Realism Take Two with Kataev

As you may remember, I was not very generous towards Gorky’s Soviet Realism when I read him back in September.  I have to admit, I haven’t gone back for more since, but I have decided it’s only fair to try … Continue reading

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A Russian ‘Sense and Sensibility’: ‘The Same Old Story’ by Ivan Goncharov (1847, 2015)

Way back in the Tzarist start of my Russian Reading project I gave possibly my most positive review ever to Goncharov’s ‘Oblomov‘ (sample quotations include ‘I can’t recommend it highly enough‘ and ‘if you only read one Russian novel ever – … Continue reading

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