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1kray
jul 30, 2006, 11:57 pm

Let's get things moving. Does anyone here read much modern Russian fiction? And if you do, what do you recommend?

2hippietrail
jul 31, 2006, 5:35 am

Well I've read one book of short stories by Victor Pelevin and was spellbound. I want to read more but he's very difficult to find here in Australia.

3maryb
jul 31, 2006, 4:43 pm

I'm a big fan of Boris Akunin. His Fandorin series is amazing, and the Pelagiya series is fun too. The first four Fandorin books have been translated into English: The Winter Queen, Turkish Gambit, Murder on the Leviathan, Death of Achilles.

I don't know much about contemporary Russian writers, but I can recommend "Shishkin Les" by A. Chervinskiˆi (Aleksandr Chervinsky). The narrator dies on the first page and spends the rest of the book reminiscing about his life and family history, and at the end we find out why his plane crashed, killing him.

4miki
aug 1, 2006, 1:23 am

The only contemporary Russian I ever get around to attempting is usually semi-pulpy science fiction short stories. :D

5kray
aug 3, 2006, 10:39 pm

How about favorite Russian poets? List at least 4.

Alexander Blok
Andrei Bely
Aleksandr Pushkin
Igor Guberman
Ivan Bunin
Bulat Okudzhava
Vladimir Voinovich
Mikhail Lermontov

6SharonGoforth
aug 4, 2006, 11:30 pm

I don't know a lot about poetry so I can't name four, but one Russian poet I like is Anna Akhmatova. I recently bought Twentieth Century Russian Poetry, selected with an introduction by Yevgeny Yevtushenko. So hopefully I will have more favorites soon.

7SharonGoforth
aug 4, 2006, 11:32 pm

Sorry....I forgot the touchstones: Anna Akhmatova

8gmenchen
aug 15, 2006, 4:57 pm

I recently read fazil iskander's Sandro of Chegem which I enoyed very much - Iskander is not Russian but writes in Russian. Trifonov is very highly regarded but because of the period when he was writing his best known novellas The house on the embankment etc they are mostly stories of loss and betrayal; its surprising they were published in the Soviety Union at all.

9wrappedupinbooks
sep 26, 2006, 6:56 am

I remember the first book of Chekov's short stories which I read and ever since then he has been my favourite Russian author. Strangely enough, I've never read any of his plays. Which one would people recommend I start with?

10arriba
sep 27, 2006, 12:55 pm

I discovered Russian literature as a teenager by reading Chekhov short stories, having no idea they weren't his claim to fame! You couldn't go wrong with The Cherry Orchard. It's interesting how variously it has been characterized. It became fashionable I guess some time back to insist it's pure comedy and that Chekhov had meant Lopakhin to be viewed in a wholly sympathetic light and had meant to portray Ranevskaya and Gayev and their ilk as contemptuously culpable. Personally, I'm drawn to its painful honesty, and yes, to its sometimes painfully funny exposure of the limits of all its characters.

11waynegjr
nov 3, 2006, 12:50 pm

I also fell in love with the short stories first, but later found his short novels amazing and his plays even better. Start with "The Seagul".

12almigwin
mar 13, 2007, 7:53 pm

#9-A wonderful play to start with is uncle vanya. there is an english film of it, and an american play within a play called uncle vanya of 42nd st. I also like ivanov a lot; I saw a great production of it at the brooklyn academy of music a few years back. My personal favorite is still the three sisters. I think it was on broadway a while back .. I guess i'm saying i love all his plays (and stories too). I have no sense of proportion. I keep a complete set of his stories in new york and another in florida so i dont have to go without. It was a great day for me when they published his stories in 12 paperback volumes.

13almigwin
mar 13, 2007, 7:59 pm

#5-Mayakovsky
joseph Brodsky
Andre Vosnezensky
osip mandelstamm
boris pasternak
khodasevich
marina tvetaeva
Buy my all time favorite is Akhmatova for Requiem and Poem without a hero.

14john257hopper
mar 16, 2007, 9:10 am

I'm currently working my way through Grossman's Life and Fate. Not an easy read, of course, but one can well understand why it is called the War and Peace of the twentieth century.

15rubratan Första inlägget
mar 19, 2007, 8:00 pm

I recomend Strugatzky

16rolig
Redigerat: apr 6, 2007, 10:13 am

#5 My favorite Russian poet has to be Aleksandr Pushkin, though not only for his lyric poems but of course also for Eugene Onegin, The Bronze Horseman, and The Little Tragedies.

I have also spent a good part of my life reading and thinking about the "philosophical poet" Evgeny Baratynsky, who isn't all that well known outside of Russia, but was a major influence on Joseph Brodsky, another poet I love.

The Silver Age poets - Pasternak, Tsvetaeva, Mandelshtam, and the amazing Anna Akhmatova - are incomparable. Also wonderful and interesting are some others from that period: Aleksandr Blok, Vyachelav Ivanov, and the brilliant gay writer Mikhail Kuzmin.

Of the more contemporary Brezhnev-era poets, Andrej Voznesensky is the strongest, I think, but the popular poet-songwriters Vladimir Vysotsky and Bulat Okudzhava should also be included.

I am afraid I haven't been following recent Russian poets (in the post-Communist era) and would be glad to have some suggestions.

17anisoara
mar 22, 2010, 5:35 pm

I recommend The Railway by Hamid Izmailov.

18maxbolli
aug 23, 2011, 5:27 pm

www.anton-chekhov.com
www.interactive.eu.com

19maxbolli
aug 23, 2011, 5:28 pm

And soon to be released new novel IT'S TIME by Pavel Kostin. There is an opportunity to secure free review copy here:

http://interactive.eu.com/itm-review.html