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Nd Leo Tolstoy's The Snow Storm to the political whirlwind of perestroika that shapes Vladimir Sorokin's story Start of the Season to the aftermath of the collapse of the Soviet Union as experienced by ordinary people in Alexievich's Landscape of Loneliness these riveting stories chronicle not only the particular dramas and upheavals of the Russian people but also the tribulations and triumphs of the human spirit. This book was a present and it s absolutely beautiful These stories were all new to me although not all of the authors were Like any collection of short stories I preferred some over others A few of the stories left me a little bewildered as if the ending was a punchline I didn t uite get and this may partly be a case of lost in translation There were several wordsphrases I wasn t familiar with but context made the general meaning clear and I think notes might have broken the story s spell A little unfamiliarity isn t a bad thing reminding me of the spatial and temporal origins of the original storiesOn the whole I loved the writing styles which felt deliberate without being forced My favourite thing aside from the look of the book itself however is how memorable the stories are They linger

SUMMARY Russian Stories

Russian Stories

Two centuries of short stories by twenty five titans of Russian literature from Pushkin and Gogol to Tatyana Tolstaya and Svetlana Alexievich in the beautifully jacketed Pocket Classics series Russian Stories rounds up marvelous short stories by all the Russian heavyweights including Pushkin Gogol Dostoevsky Tolstoy Turgenev Chekhov Bulgakov and Nabokov and continuing up to contemporary writers such as Tatyana To. 45Some of these were so good and then others I can now brag about having read but not really enjoyed A good introduction to some of Russia s most prominent writers through time ending with a bunch of female writers who outshine the classics Can definitely recommend

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Lstaya and the recent Nobel Prize winner Svetlana Alexievich There is no similar one volume collection of the best of the Russian greats in English and especially none that include as many women as this one does including a story by the recently rediscovered Teffi who was widely hailed a century ago in Russia as the female Chekhov From the fate changing storms that sweep through Alexander Pushkin's The Blizzard a. The packaging of this book series the small easily held pocket size everything about this is a bibliophiles dream Unfortunately for me the stories in this collection left a bit to be desired Now of course in no collection are the stories all going to be loved by every reader but in this case some of the stories chosen just did not work that well I will address here a few notes on selected stories Pushkin begins the collection promisingly with The Blizzard a story that follows a young couple eloping The plan goes awry Years later the almost widow discovers who it was she married that night and where he went I had read Gogol s The Overcoat before and it holds up while Tolstoy tells The Snowstorm which follows an engineer staying in a village who is caught in a snowstorm with some overland wagon travelers and doubts he will be


6 thoughts on “Russian Stories

  1. says:

    45Some of these were so good and then others

  2. says:

    The packaging of this book series the small easily held pocket size everything about this is a bibliophiles dream Unfortunately for me the stories in this collection left a bit to be desired Now of course in no collection are the stories all going to be loved by every reader but in this case some of the stories chosen just did not work that well I will address here a few notes on selected stories Pushkin begins the collection promisingly

  3. says:

    This book was a present and it's absolutely beautiful These stories were all new to me although not all of the authors were Like any collection of short stories I preferred some over others A few of the stories left me a little bewil

  4. says:

    Worthwhile collection of 25 short stories from Russia's most famous writers Really nice to get just a taste of the different styles and themes of Russian literature without having to crack open a whole novel let alone a War and Peace style epi

  5. says:

    Wide variety of stories exposed me to some authorstypes of writing that I never would have read on my own Enjoyed each one and read a few twice

  6. says:

    Spectacular writing by all the authors in this collection but thematically the stories follow all the same throughline and

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