DHD (neverendingview) wrote in classiclit,

Russian Literature

As I'm sure some of you have heard, Russian Soviet-era author Alexander Solzhenitsyn passed away on Sunday. His novel One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich was the book that started my love affair with Russian literature, from Gogol to Nabokov.

Solzhenitsyn's death also happened to coincide with my finishing reading a novel by one of my all-time favorite authors: Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment. It was interesting to think about the two conflicting views of imprisonment in Russia. Dostoevsky's Siberia which is a source of spiritual redemption, and the nearly soul-crushing existance in a soviet labor camp.

Other Russian lit. fans, who are your favorite authors? What novels and stories stand out in your mind? Why?

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