Russian Literature 2014: First Check-in.

We're almost a quarter of the way through 2014 (!), and, as promised, here is the first check-in post for the Russian Literature 2014 Challenge

I aimed to read 12 Russian classics this year, and so far I've read four and reviewed two (though one, Oblomov, is on the way for next week):
And, for good measure, I wrote a little about Virginia Woolf's essay on Russian Literature, 'A Russian Point of View', from The Common Reader: First Series

So, how is everyone else getting along? Anyone tackled War and Peace yet? If you've read or written anything about Russian Literature, let everyone know by leaving a comment to this post, linking your posts in the comments if you've managed to write any, or if you want, write a check-in post on your blog and let us know, again by linking it in the comments (either cut and paste the url(s) or use this code:
I hope everyone is enjoying this challenge! I'm thinking my next Russian novel will be August 1914 by Solzhenitsyn, which is also on my Classics Club list. I'm a little intimidated by this one!

Comments

  1. Like you I read Eugene Onegin for Marian's Read-Along. Here is my review: Eugene Onegin Since this was the second time I'd read EO, at the bottom of the post there is also a link to my first review as well.

    I haven't completed any more books yet, but I am about ⅓ of the way through Dostoyevsky's The Idiot (which I am loving, BTW) and I have Fathers and Sons coming up later this year. I really love Russian Lit, so I'd like to squeak in a couple of other reads but we'll see …..

    Good luck with August 1914, O! I haven't read any Solzhenitsyn but I have his Gulag Archipelago sitting on my shelf. Talk about intimidating!! :-O

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    1. I LOVE The Idiot - my Budgie is named after Myshkin (before we realised the budgie Myshkin was a girl!).

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  2. I do not understand where my comment went, so I shall try again. I have read 3 and 3/5 Russian books so far! Here is the page linking to reviews. I've read Eugene Onegin, Dead Souls, and Fathers and Sons. I'm currently reading an excellent essay about Fathers and Sons and the literary debate it took part in, and will be participating in the April readalong of Chernyshevsky's "What is to be Done?" I'm also 3/5 through Maidenhair, a contemporary novel (postmodern? surrealist? Not sure what to call it, but it's weird and neat).

    I also plan to read August 1914, and I agree--intimidating! I will tackle it later on after the literary debate. Maybe in August! :)


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    1. War and Peace is on my pile. I AM reading it this year. But debate first.

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    2. Who is the essay by? Wouldn't mind reading it myself :)

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    3. Isaiah Berlin. I got the essay collection "Russian Thinkers" and I'm hoping to read all of it. I actually bought it--it's pretty inexpensive in the Penguin edition--and I think it's going to turn out well worth the price.

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    4. Thanks, managed to find it online - I shall have a read, looks very interesting. Might track down the book as well :)

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  3. I have completed Eugene Onegin so far, review linked.

    I will be reading The Idiot in April.

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    1. I should have added, I started W&P last year and got stalled and have yet to find time to finish it to keep Cleopatra above happy.

      I was enjoying it, I just go behind schedule and have failed to dedicate time to catching up yet. I do have plans to finish it this year! Some how, I need to fit in.

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    2. I read 5% more of it last week so I'm at 90%. It's encouraging but it is so long, that 10% to finish is not as easy as it looks!

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    3. You're both making me want to re-read The Idiot :) As for War and Peace - read it twice, still never managed to keep a track of all the characters! :)

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  4. I've read three so far this year (Poor Folk and the Gambler, both by Dostoyevsky) and Father and Sons by Turgenev. Reviews should be up soon. I'll link it here when i'm done :)

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    1. Good stuff :) I'll look forward to your Poor Folk review - couldn't get into that one, myself. :)

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  5. I have read Eugene Onegin and War and Peace so far.

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    1. Well done :) Did you enjoy them?

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