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Best Russian Short Stories

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As suggested by Null, I am starting a thread on The Best Russian Short Stories. Perhaps we could work up a read-along discussion group. Here is the table of contents:

INTRODUCTION

THE QUEEN OF SPADES A.S. Pushkin

THE CLOAK N.V. Gogol

THE DISTRICT DOCTOR I.S. Turgenev

THE CHRISTMAS TREE AND THE WEDDING F.M. Dostoyevsky

GOD SEES THE TRUTH, BUT WAITS L.N. Tolstoy

HOW A MUZHIK FED TWO OFFICIALS M.Y. Saltykov

THE SHADES, A PHANTASY V.G. Korolenko

THE SIGNAL V.N. Garshin

THE DARLING A.P. Chekhov

THE BET A.P. Chekhov

VANKA A.P. Chekhov

HIDE AND SEEK F.K. Sologub

DETHRONED I.N. Potapenko

THE SERVANT S.T. Semyonov

ONE AUTUMN NIGHT M. Gorky

HER LOVER M. Gorky

LAZARUS L.N. Andreyev

THE REVOLUTIONIST M.P. Artzybashev

THE OUTRAGE A.I. Kuprin

Great stuff here. :yes:

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I have this book on my iphone. Will we do a story by story reading/analysis?

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We can do it any way you like. All that is needed is an agreement among you, me, and Null, as most likely we will be the only three participants.

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if they're arranged chronologically then we should read them that way - given the anxiety of influence among poets & great writers. :deal:

Edited by The Heretic

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It probably is arranged more or less chronologically. Pushkin is the earliest writer of the bunch, then Gogol, and the rest of the Golden Age writers come before the Silver Age ones (Sologub, Kuprin, Garshin, Potapenko, etc.). I'm too lazy to look to see if the pattern holds, but I'm pretty sure it does.

P.S. For the sake of strict textual accuracy, it should be noted that Andreyev's story is actually "Eleazar" in Russian. For some reason the translation changed this to "Lazarus", although the New Testament Lazarus and Eleazar, son of Aaron and nephew of Moses, are two different individuals. Presumably the translator thought that Lazarus was more familiar to a modern Anglophone audience, whereas Eleazar is well-known in the Eastern Orthodox Church (where his saint's day is September 2nd).

Edited by Nullifidian

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I have read The Queen of Spades, The Cloak, God Sees the Truth, But Waits, and The Bet, so I can chip in on those.

Edited by DaveT

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