As if I didn’t have enough to do already, I’ve decided to join the Russian Reading Challenge (well, reading Russian literature is a pretty natural thing anyway) – and will crosspost reviews here and there. I’ve sorted through my Russian novel collection and chosen 14 books to read (yes, I doubt I will too), none of which I think have been reviewed there yet. There’s also another 2 which I’m already reading – Yevtushenko’s Wild Berries and Nadezhda Mandelstam’s Hope Against Hope – along with a few collections of short stories.
I’ve had a rationalisation of my books and reading, the consequence of which is: I’ve decided to give up on another 4 books which I’m reading but not in the least enjoying; and I’ve sorted out a further 59 books (some read, some unread) to give away to the charity shop.
The Russian books are:
- Petersburg, by Andrei Bely
- Childhood, Boyhood, Youth & Divine and Human by Leo Tolstoy
- Mary (and perhaps Despair), by Vladimir Nabokov
- The Heart of a Dog, by Mikhail Bulgakov
- Hurrambad, by Andrei Volos
- The Eternal Husband & The Gentle Maiden & The Landlady, by Fyodor Dostoevsky
- Summer in Baden-Baden, by Leonid Tsypkin
- The Little Angel, by Leonid Andreyev
- Novel with Cocaine by M Ageyev
- Envy, by Yuri Olesha
- Nikolai Negorev, by Ivan Kushchevsky
- The Yawning Heights, by Alexander Zinoviev
- Tevye the Dairyman, by Sholem Aleichem
Plus short stories by Ivan Bunin, Isaac Babel, Mikhail Zoshchenko, Valery Ronshin & Varlam Shalamov.