Category Archives: Russian

The Death of Ivan Ilyich

The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy 1886 / 62 pages (Kindle) rating 10 / Russian classic If you haven’t read this book please put it on your “to be read” list – somewhere near the top.  If you have … Continue reading

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The House of the Dead

The House of the Dead by Fyodor Dostoevsky (Russia) 1862 / (Kindle – about 300 pages?) Rating  9/  (classic fiction) (This was/is also published as “Memoirs from the House of  The Dead”  and “Notes from the Dead House.”) I’m reading this … Continue reading

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Eye of the Red Tsar

Eye of the Red Tsar by Sam Eastland crime / Russia-historical 2010 / 288 pages read by Paul Michael 9h 4m rating:  B+ The Tsar and his family were executed in 1918.  Now,  in 1928,  Pekkala (of the unknown first … Continue reading

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The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine

The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine by Alina Bronsky fiction – Russia/Germany 2011 / Kindle 275 pages Rating:  8 I nominated this book for a reading group – I had read just about enough bleakness for the time being … Continue reading

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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn 1962 / 148 pages rating – 9 I was spoiled by In the First Circle, also about life in the camps but a specialized scientific camp for that one.  That’s … Continue reading

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Eugene Onegin

Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin 1835 / about 200 pages – Kindle (reread) Rating – 9.5 I read this for a group and because I was never able to locate my Penguin edition, I had to use a Gutenberg download. … Continue reading

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The Nose (short story)

The Nose by Nikolai Gogol 1836 / short story Rating – 9 This is a VERY peculiar short story about a barber who finds a nose in his bread and the man who has lost his nose.  The nose gets some … Continue reading

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The Cossacks

The Cossacks by Leo Tolstoy 1863 / 104 pages rating 9 I’ve wanted to read this book for ever so long and finally I get the chance!  I loved War and Peace and very much enjoyed Anna Karenina –  I’ve … Continue reading

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The Idiot

The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky 1868 / Kindle (about 600 pages) Rating:  10 I read this once before – I think I listened to it several years ago – so I’m kind of primed for a good read.  The first … Continue reading

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Doctor Zhivago

Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak 1958 – translated by Max Hayward Introduction by John Bailey 559 pgs Rating 9.5 This book could be War and Peace circa 1917 except that there’s not much peace in it – maybe the first … Continue reading

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