Sunday, October 14, 2007
2008 Russian (Soviet?) Reading Challenge
For Ex Libris' Russian Reading Challenge, I think I will follow Dark Orpheus' example and make an aspirational list. More may be added as I go. The rules are immensely flexible; read 4 books by the end of the year. Of the following, I hope to read 4 classics and 4 modern novels during 2008. However, my list is more like the 'Soviet Reading Challenge' because I am also going to be reading Ukrainian books. I hope to go to Kiev in 2008 so this is a perfect fit. Here we go:
1. The Master and Margarita / Mikhail Bulgakov
2. Anna Karenina / Tolstoy
3. Father and Sons / Turgenev
4. The Gentleman from San Francisco and other stories / Ivan Bunin
5. Eugene Onegin / Pushkin
6. The Gift / Nabokov
Russian Modern Novels
1. The Woman who Waited / Andrei Makine
2. The Summer of my Russian Grandmother / Andrei Makine
3. The Time Night / Lyudmila Stephanova Petrushevskaya
4. The Life of Insects / Viktor Pelevin
1. Taras Bulba / Gogol
2. Dead Souls / Gogol
3. Turbulent Times trilogy / Ivan Franko
4. Poetry by Taras Shevchenko
5. Poetry by Lesia Ukrainka
Ukrainian Modern Novels
1. Death and the Penguin / Andrey Kurkov
2. Any of the volumes of Women's Voices in Ukrainian Literature, published in Canada by Language Lanterns Publications.
I've read a few current Russian & Ukrainian books which I'd recommend to anyone participating in this challenge, such as
1. The Boris Akunin mysteries starring Erast Fandorin. There are more being translated all the time.
2. The Madonnas of Leningrad / Debra Dean : written by an American but set mostly during the Seige of Leningrad during WWII. Beautiful writing. This was one of my top reads last year.
3. The Dream life of Sukhanov / Olga Grushin : one of my favourite books so far this year. See my earlier thoughts about it.
4. Sonechka /Ludmila Ulitskaya : a novella and short stories, it's a good introduction to Ulitskaya's writing - very enjoyable