Because this is a classics blog, I would limit it to classic literature. It can be a novel by a Russian author or a novel set in Russia, and how you choose to define "classic" is up to you. And, of course, you can use books from any other challenge you've set yourself. Finally, you can list list your books before you start, or, like me, you can just explore and read whatever comes your way.
There are four levels:
- Level one: 1 - 3 books
- Level two: 4 - 6 books
- Level three: 7 - 12 books
- Level four: 12 + books
If there's enough interest, I'll put a post up each quarter for people to link any posts may have written.
I have many Russian books on my mental list of Things To Read, but here is a rough list/schedule of books I would like to read for the challenge. The more I look around, the more tempting books I find, plus there's my tendency to want to do the highest level of any challenge, but for now I will officially sign up for level two (4-6 books) and see how it goes.
- Eugene Onegin, by Alexandr Pushkin (Falen translation) in January
- War and Peace, by Lev Tolstoy -- the P/V translation made its way onto my TBR pile this year after I loved AK
- Dead Souls, by Nikolai Gogol -- also a TBR item, which for some reason I haven't gotten to yet. I think it's one of those books that is scary just because it's been sitting there for a while.
- Fathers and Sons, by Ivan Turgenev -- I think I have this as an ebook actually...wonder if it's a decent translation...anyway, I'd also like to follow the trail of literary argumentation that sprang from this novel. That would take a while, so we shall see.
- Something by Dostoevsky, probably The Brothers Karamazov because I have it in a lovely new translation, but maybe Notes From the Underground since that extends the argument. Both would be re-reads that I've forgotten.
- Maidenhair, by Mikhail Shishkin -- this is a pretty new book, but I think it qualifies as a 'modern classic'--it's Serious Literature anyway.