Audience participation time here at TAS. I’ve decided to join the 2008 Russian Reading Challenge and need help selecting four books I’m committed to reading (in translation, I’m sorry to say).
Select from the following or make your own suggestions.
Vassily Aksyonov: The Burn
Isaac Babel: Red Cavalry
Mikhail Bakhtin: The Dialogic Imagination: Four Essays
Joseph Brodsky: Less Than One
Mikhail Bulgakov: White Guard
Ivan Bunin: Gentleman From San Francisco and Other Stories
Anton Chekhov: The Complete Short Novels
Nikolai Gogol: Collected Tales
Ivan Aleksandrovich Goncharov: Oblamov
Vasily Grossman: Life and Fate
Nikolai Leskov: Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk
Aleksandr Sergeevich Pushkin: The Collected Stories
Aleksandr Sergeevich Pushkin: Eugene Onegin
Leo Tolstoy: War and Peace
Ivan Turgenev: Sketches From a Hunter’s Album
Yuro Tynyanov: Lieutenant Kije/Young Vitushishnikov: Two Novellas
And yes, I’d be interested to read Solzhenitsyn’s two-volume history of Russian-Jewish relations, but it’s not been translated into English yet and I don’t read Russian or French.
Thoughts? Anyone? Anyone? Larison?