Asya – Ivan Turgenev

Rating: ★★★★ 05/02/18 The Peach Blossom Spring is a Chinese tale written by Tao Yuanming (c. 365–427). It tells the story of a fisherman who, by chance, discovers a beautiful place where its community and the natural surroundings were in perfect harmony. Dynasties, people, politics, fashion – everything outside their haven of peace and plenty was … More Asya – Ivan Turgenev

First Love – Ivan Turgenev, Constance Garnett (Translator)

Rating: ★★★ 24/01/18 ‘That’s love,’ I said to myself again, as I sat at night before my writing-table, on which books and papers had begun to make their appearance; ‘that’s passion! . . . To think of not revolting, of bearing a blow from any one whatever . . . even the dearest hand! But it … More First Love – Ivan Turgenev, Constance Garnett (Translator)

The Captain’s Daughter – Alexander Pushkin

Rating: ★★★★ 21/03/16 I am familiar with Pushkin’s writing. And whereas I prefer Pushkin the Poet, I can say with absolute certainty that, in fact, I enjoyed this novella but for other somewhat unexpected reasons. I found the plot so enthralling that I could not put this book down. Historical facts and pure fiction are interwoven … More The Captain’s Daughter – Alexander Pushkin

Diary of a Madman – Nikolai Gogol

Rating: ★★★★ 15/03/16 A deluge of thoughts came down on him. Thoughts without sense of purpose or direction that caused a little stir and numerous inquisitive looks. Conversations with a dog. Delusions of grandeur; persecutions that might have never existed. Envy that mumbles incoherent things, day in day out: silence is a privilege reserved for others, an idyllic … More Diary of a Madman – Nikolai Gogol

The Duel – Anton Chekhov, Constance Garnett (Translator)

Rating: ★★★★ 23/02/16 “It flings the boat back,” he thought; “she makes two steps forward and one step back; but the boatmen are stubborn, they work the oars unceasingly, and are not afraid of the high waves. The boat goes on and on. Now she is out of sight, but in half an hour the boatmen will see … More The Duel – Anton Chekhov, Constance Garnett (Translator)

The Stranger: Selected Poetry – Alexander Blok, Andrey Kneller (Translator)

Rating: ★★★★ 18/02/16 A moon is shining somewhere? Somewhere there’s a sun? (July 1898) My third Russian lyrical poet of the year. His poetry—an ode to symbolism—includes a wide and varied range of themes and bold experimentations concerning rhymes and structures; a fascinating display of emotions, wit and creativity. It was a pleasure to contemplate some particular … More The Stranger: Selected Poetry – Alexander Blok, Andrey Kneller (Translator)