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message 1: by Joe (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:44PM) (new)

Joe | 12 comments Mod
I'd like to offer advice to anyone who might be learning the Russian language and eager to read some literature in the original language. Does anyone else have any reccomendations?


message 2: by Joe (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:44PM) (new)

Joe | 12 comments Mod
I'd like to start off reccomending the book: Russian Stories: A Dual Language Book by Gleb Struve. The stories vary in difficulty and has a parallel translation in English. This book is the most accessible I think that Russian short stories have been made, and it's not hard to find (online at least).
I love the story "Sleepy" by Chekhov (spat' hochetsya). I haven't really found a good English translation.
Anyone else know any great Russian short stories?


message 3: by Michael (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:44PM) (new)

Michael (michael_harmon) | 4 comments Would you consider the shorter works by Fyodor similar to that which you are seeking? I may be surprised to find that short stories by prolific Russians actually exist; they seem to be so dramatic and immersed in their anguish that detail flows naturally to them.


message 4: by Joe (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:44PM) (new)

Joe | 12 comments Mod
I was thinking about short stories (10-30 pages), but I'd love to talk about some of Dostoevsky's novellas. I just started reading The Double, which is I think only Dostoevsky's 2nd work (i could be wrong), and it is both short (170 pages) and detailed enough at the same time.
Even Tolstoy wrote a lot of short stories, especially in his later career, many of which are spiritual and didactic. There are a lot of these which I love; for instance in the book I mentioned above there is a Tolsoy story called "The Three Hermits" which is a Russian rendition of a folk tale dating back to St. Augustine.


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Heather (bigheather) | 2 comments I'd recommend Chekov -- simple / conversational Russian, very short stories, and (as I was amazed to discover as a college student) NOT always gloom & doom. He has several quite humorous / satirical stories. One of my favorites, which must be very obscure as I've never seen it in print in English or in any of the collected short stories I have found / own in Russian, is called "At the Dacha" ("Na dachje"). Absolutely hilarious!


message 6: by Lianne (new)

Lianne (eclecticreading) Thanks for the recommendations! I'm currently learning Russian so I'll be sure to check out those short stories. My mum's co-worker also passed me along a collection of poetry and short stories by Pushkin which will also be helpful I think =)


message 7: by Frankie (new)

Frankie (fran_kie) | 37 comments I'm learning Russian as well. I appreciate your recommendation, Joe. I'm hoping to find some collector's books in cyrillic.


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