Monday, October 20, 2014

Ten must-read Russian novels

At Off the Shelf, Andrew Kaufman tagged ten Russian novels to read before you die, including:
And Quiet Flows the Don
by Mikhail Sholokhov

Often compared to War and Peace, this epic historical novel traces the fate of a typical Cossack family over a tumultuous ten-year period, from just before the beginning of World War I to the bloody civil war following the Russian Revolution of 1917. Early twentieth-century Russian history comes alive in Sholokhov’s well-developed characters who must contend not only with a society under siege, but ill-fated romances, family feuds, and a secret past that haunts the present.
Read about another book on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue