Keely at We Went Outside and Saw The Stars is hosting a Russian Literature Challenge for 2017 about which I’m very excited! In the past couple of years, I’ve continued reading Tolstoy, have begun to delve into Dostoyevsky, have explored some of Chekhov’s works, and have aspirations to read more Pushkin. What better way to accomplish my plans than the Russian Literature Challenge?
Here are the levels to aim for:
- Level One (Tolstoy): 1-3 books
- Level Two (Chekov): 4-6 books
- Level Three (Dostoevsky): 7-11 books
- Level Four (Turgenev): 12+ books
You can count short stories, poetry, novels, novellas and plays in your book count.
As for my planned reads? Ugh, I don’t really like plans because for me they always change, but I’ll list a few possibilities I might chose:
- Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky and a short story or two (my annoyance with D is turning into fascination)
- The Kreutzer Sonata by Leo Tolstoy & a short story or two
- Anna Akhmatova (poetry)
- The Diary of A Superfluous Man by Ivan Turgenev
- The Queen of Spades by Alexander Pushkin and others
- A Hero of Our Time by Mikhail Lermontov
- Dead Souls by Nikolia Gogol
- Oblomov by Ivan Goncharov
- Chekhov’s works
- Dr. Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
- Heart of A Dog by Mikhail Bulgakov
- something by Vladimir Nabokov
- One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch by Alexsandr Solzhenitsyn
- The Gulag Archipelago by Alexsandr Solzhenitsyn
- We by Yevgeny Zamyatin
Before I start, I’d also love to read Lectures on Russian Literature by Vladimir Nabokov.
I’m having many wishful thoughts, I know. For someone who was complaining about not having enough challenges for 2017, my slate seems to be filling up rapidly. I just hope I can keep up!