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1 Russian Literature on Fri Aug 03, 2012 10:24 am

Around the middle of the 19th Century, Russian literature went through its golden age, with the likes of Pushkin, Dostoevsky and Tolstory, and was promptly followed by a silver age, in which many more Russian writers, poets, and dramatists came to widespread attention.

It has a reputation for being bleak and serious (thanks, in part, to Dostoevsky) but behind the works of many there's an accomplished feel for satire and a sense of humour.

In total, Russia (including its time as the Soviet Union) has produced five Nobel laureates in Literature - these are Ivan Bunin, Boris Pasternak, Mikhail Sholokov, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Joseph Brodsky - and also produced one of the most famous never to take the honour, Vladimir Nabokov.

When it comes to Russian literature, I've had an aborted attempt at War And Peace, although I found Tolstoy's The Death Of Ivan Ilyich much easier to sail through. I've also read the sci-fi classic that is We by Yevgeny Zamyatin, which supposedly influence Orwell and Huxley in the creation of their own dystopias.

So, what Russian literature have you read? What comes recommended?

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2 Re: Russian Literature on Fri Aug 03, 2012 11:13 am

I've never read any Russian literature. No



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3 Re: Russian Literature on Fri Aug 03, 2012 5:40 pm

I haven't read any yet but, when I become fluent in Russian I will try to. I find translations in books/movies not the same as the mother tongue it is in.


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