Tag: Russian Literature

1966, 1968, Books, Fiction

Cancer Ward (1966, 1968) by Alexander Solzhenitsyn

I have no idea why it took me so long to finish this one. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy it, but something about it turned into a slog for me. (It also happened that I was listening to podcasts when I supposed to be reading, which was a problem.) Anyway, the time it took …

1947, Books

The Portable Chekhov (1947), edited and translated by Avrahm Yarmolinksy

This is a pretty great collection of selected short stories from Chekhov, plus two plays (one major, one minor) and a few letters. I am not a man who cares about an author’s letters, so I won’t be discussing those. Chekhov helped set the standard for the short story – you might say he invented …

1896, 1897, 1901, 1904, 1993, Books, Fiction

The Essential Plays (1993) by Anton Chekhov

This is a fine collection of Chekhov’s four most famous plays. The Seagull is my least favourite – it’s concerned with the theatre a little too much for my liking. The ending is great, though. Uncle Vanya is the kind of thing I would have devoured in my early twenties. It’s borderline existential the conflict …

1987, Books, Fiction

Lady Macbeth and Other Tales (1987 Compilation) by Nikolai Leskov

“The Musk-Ox” is certainly a unique story, but it doesn’t really grab me. “The Sealed Angel” is certainly fascinating, but more as a docudrama then as a story. “Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk” is probably the strongest story over-all, but I’m not sure how well the allusion holds. “Pamphalon the Entertainer” would be the best story …