Friday, April 30, 2010

Dostoyevsky and Me

This looks like a fun new book about one person's obsession with Russian literature.  The cover seems to give it a more comic feel, but apparently Elif Batuman literally explores Russian literature and its sphere of influence, taking her on journeys to Uzbekistan and beyond.

1 comment:

  1. I've read this review and I thought it was good.

    I too caught the Rusia bug. First, when I was 16, there was a Russian schoolfirend in my history class. Doing the Russian revolution there were lots of posters and photographs of hte Russian text in the textbook. Asked him to teach me basic Russian like hello, goodbye and basic phrases.

    When I was 17 I picked up a copy of Anna Karenina for £2., After that I have never looked back. I have a good librabry of Russian novels in tranlation, and I have crime and punishment in the original. I wne tthere for a month when I was 19, to St Petersburg.It was excellent.

    We Russian lit/culture -holics are a somewhat small but we are devoted and passioned.