“There Once Lived a Mother Who Loved Her Children, Until They Moved Back In: Three Novellas About Family” by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya

  There Once Lived a Mother Who Loved Her Children, Until They Moved Back In is a new collection of novellas from Russian author Ludmilla Petrushevskaya.  Petrushevskaya’s prose is stark and honest, revealing characters’ thoughts and motivations, especially those not fit for polite society.  She writes about messy relationships and broken homes, breaking the illusionRead more

“There Once Lived a Girl Who Seduced Her Sister’s Husband, and He Hanged Himself: Love Stories” by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya

  I’m in a particularly grumpy/bitter mood tonight, so this is a perfect time to review this book. I’m too cynical to take most stories of happily ever after seriously, and love triangles make me want to puke.  This book is different. Ludmilla Petrushevskaya’s most excellent collection of love stories, entitled “There Once Lived aRead more

“White Raven: The Sword of the Northern Ancestors” by Irina Lopatina

  I received a copy of “White Raven:  The Sword of the Northern Ancestors” by Irina Lopatina through TLC Book Tours.  As many of you know, I’m a bit obsessed with Russian history/culture/etc., so when Trish asked me if I’d like to participate in a blog tour of a fantasy novel written by a SiberianRead more

“Roadside Picnic” by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky

  As many of you know, I’m a bit of a Russian literature nerd.  When I saw a new translation of “Roadside Picnic” by the Strugatsky brothers on NetGalley, I requested it immediately. Ursula K. LeGuin wrote an excellent introduction, and I loved the following quotation from it: Science fiction lends itself readily to imaginativeRead more

“The Overcoat” by Nikolai Gogol

  Up until this point, I’ve generally been against participating in blog memes.  However, Breadcrumb Reads hosts a Short Stories on Wednesdays meme that I’ve decided will be the exception, as short stories are a very underrated form of writing.  For this week, I’ve chosen The Overcoat by Nikolai Gogol (see link for full textRead more

“A Gentle Creature” by Dostoevsky

  This is in part for those of you who find my blog through Google when looking for help with your Russian lit classes, or for fellow Russian lit nerds.  I know you’re out there… Dostoevsky’s short story “A Gentle Creature” (also translated sometimes as “The Meek one,” and the original Russian is “Кроткая”) isRead more

The Double: Dostoevsky Meets Jesse Eisenberg

According to this Huffington Post article, Jesse Eisenberg is being cast as Golyadkin in a new film adaptation of Dostoevsky’s “The Double.”  I’m quite excited about this, being the Russian lit nerd that I am. I think that Jesse Eisenberg (who played in Zombieland and The Social Network) will make an excellent Golyadkin, and can’tRead more

“The Lady With the Dog” by Anton Chekhov

  Today I’d like to talk about the short story “The Lady With the Dog” by Anton Chekhov, which can be found full text here.  While Chekhov is most famous for his plays, his short stories remain among the classics of Russian literature, and “the Lady With the Dog” has been the subject of numerousRead more

“The Stationmaster” by Pushkin

19th century Russian literature has a certain timelessness that makes old stories relevant even today.  One example of this can be found in Pushkin’s “The Stationmaster.”  It is originally found in the collection entitled “The Tales of Belkin,” but let’s face it, writing about all five tales long enough to do any of them justiceRead more

“The Idiot” by Dostoevsky

  “The Idiot” is one of Dostoevsky’s most intriguing novels, as it is Dostoevsky’s attempt to write a novel about a character who is purely good.  I studied this book in undergrad and so could go on about it for hours, but I shall try to be a bit more succinct. Prince Myshkin is theRead more