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September 10, 2007 | 10:29pm
Mood: tired

So much studying... even more Russian-ing... and very little sleep. I don't really have anything to say. Russian Club is pretty much amazing this semester. I love my major--Russian literature is downright fantastic. I'm happy, seemingly for the first time in two years.

I don't really have anything else to say. It's getting cooler, which is nice, and all this walking is making me pretty studly. Not that I wasn't already a stud, but still, it's the principle of the thing. I have to go grocery shopping sometime soon. Our front door is finally working (the sides were shaved and the lock was replaced). After two weeks, the toilet was fixed. I work twice a week for four hour shifts and I enjoy watching the many hook-ups... oh, drunk people. I'm making new friends and becoming closer with old ones and yeah. Gotta finish Sevastopol in May and read Bronze Horseman... and then sleep! With no alarm in the morning! I love Tuesdays.

A typical example of Tolstoy's writing, from Sevastopol in May (which is not as good as Sevastopol in December or even Childhood):

"It was with extraordinary pleasure that Kalugin found himself safe at home again, and having put on his nightshirt and got into bed he gave Galtsin all the details of the affair, telling them very naturally from a point of view where those details showed what a capable and brave officer he, Kalugin, was (which it seems to me it was hardly necessary to allude to, since everybody knew it and had no right or reason to question it, except perhaps the deceased Captain Praskukhin who, though he had considered it an honor to walk arm in arm with Kalugin, had privately told a friend only yesterday that though Kalugin was a first-rate fellow, "between you and me, he was not awfully eager to go to the bastions")."

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from: brittnik
date: September 11, 2007 03:05pm (UTC)

name some of the best Russian literatures I should be reading if haven't read- I need to broaden my tastes. Where should I start with Tolstoy? guide me, o Russian scholar!

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from: aodh
date: September 11, 2007 09:48pm (UTC)

Keep in mind that I really haven't read that much Russian lit yet... just very basic stuff:
"Childhood", "Sevastopol in December", and "Sevastopol in May", all by Tolstoy, are pretty much amazing.
Belkin's Tales (Shot, The Blizzard, The Undertaker, and my two favorites--The Postmaster and The Squire's Daughter), by Pushkin, are fantastic. And Queen of Spades, also by Pushkin, is great.
Poor Folk by Dostoevsky is a good introduction... follow that up with Crime & Punishment.

Aaand... that pretty much as far as I've gotten with Russian literature. Unless you count War and Peace, which I, personally, don't. *pathetic!*

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from: brittnik
date: September 12, 2007 01:02am (UTC)

thank youuuuu. all I've covered on the Russian front so far are "Crime and Punishment" and minimal Chekhov. I have "Brothers Karamazov" (sp? not at all) but I still have yet to finish it. so thanks!

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