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Lectures on Russian Literature by Vladimir Nabokov
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Nabokov is one of my favorite writers, and I was so excited to follow up some serious reading of Russian literature with this collection of his lectures and writings about various authors and books. About a full third of this book is an analysis of Nabokov's favorite novel, Anna Karenina, and delightfully sarcastic comments in the margins about mistranslations. There is also a significant chunk about Tolstoy, his character, and writing process which was really fascinating. Nabokov hates Dostoyevsky and finds him hardly passable as an author (I personally disagree) and appreciates Chekhov. The other Russian writers (Gogol, Turgenev, Gorki) Nabokov discusses I haven't read yet, but I'm sure that will change sooner or later.

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Reading Progress

June 28, 2015 – Started Reading
June 28, 2015 – Shelved
July 1, 2015 – Finished Reading
July 2, 2015 – Shelved as: russia
July 2, 2015 – Shelved as: russian-literature
March 8, 2017 – Shelved as: books-about-books

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