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Old 11-20-2010, 08:52 PM #1
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Russian Lit

I want to read a couple Russian novels, preferably from the 19th century but I'm really not picky. Where should I start? I was thinking about picking up some Dostoyevsky, but want to make sure this was a good idea. Thoughts?
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Old 12-08-2010, 07:48 PM #2
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Ilf and Petrov's Twelve Chairs (1920s) is a great read, it really captures the essence of Russian humor. It is one of a few books that dares to poke fun at the government, since this is sort of a big deal in much of Russian/Soviet history. If you want to read Dostoyevsky, I recommend The Idiot, it is my favorite of his works that I've read. I can't give you many more 19th century recommendations though, most of my studies were focused on the Soviet era and political topics.

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Old 12-31-2010, 05:14 PM #3
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Crime and Punishment by Dostoyevsky comes to mind
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I would suggest We by zamyatin. Its the book that gave the inspiration to 1984 and many more books during that time period.
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childhood, boyhood and youth or anna karenena(sp?) both by leo tolstoy and both very good
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