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japakhova
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1/8/2014 4:49:10 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
I am a Russian-speaking person, English isn't my mother tongue, but of course we study European writers as well, some of them are either for compulsory reading or highly recommended in our school curriculum, e.g. Oscar Wilde, Shakespeare, Arthur Conan Doyle, Mark Twain, Stivenson and others. So, I am just curious if any of Russian, Soviet writers, poets are studied at your schools, or maybe you read them due to personal enthusiasm, interest. And if you do, then whom do you like most? and do you read them in the original or in translated/adapted versions?
Angelos
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1/10/2014 3:46:50 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 1/8/2014 4:49:10 AM, japakhova wrote:
I am a Russian-speaking person, English isn't my mother tongue, but of course we study European writers as well, some of them are either for compulsory reading or highly recommended in our school curriculum, e.g. Oscar Wilde, Shakespeare, Arthur Conan Doyle, Mark Twain, Stivenson and others. So, I am just curious if any of Russian, Soviet writers, poets are studied at your schools, or maybe you read them due to personal enthusiasm, interest. And if you do, then whom do you like most? and do you read them in the original or in translated/adapted versions?

I read a lot of stories written by Anton Chekhov, one of Russia's many great writers, just for personal enthusiasm and interests. His stories are very short and they're good for teaching beginners how to write short stories, too.
Leaning
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1/31/2018 8:03:54 AM
Posted: 3 months ago
Fyodor Dostoyevsky Crime and Punishment is one of my favorite books. I enjoy how it is written, the themes that it deals with, the characters. A book I love to reread.

The Brothers Karamazov was interesting, I only read that one once due to it's enormity and not gripping me at the time (Feel like rereading it right now though). I recall feeling... unsatisfied with how it all ended. It felt as though very important concepts and thoughts of the characters had not reached their conclusions.
Perhaps a pity he never wrote the sequel.

Nadezhda Durova
Cavalry Maiden: Journals of a female Russian officer in the Napoleonic wars
Somewhat interesting.

Are the only two authors that I can recall reading at some point in my life.

Read a book about Roman von Ungern-Sternberg The Bloody White Baron that I found interesting, but don't believe a Russian wrote it.

Own a copy of Leon Trotsky My Life, but have yet to read it.