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A History of Russian Literature

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1languagehat
Editado: Set 21, 2018, 8:41am

I'm less than a quarter of the way into A History of Russian Literature by Andrew Kahn, Mark Lipovetsky, Irina Reyfman, and Stephanie Sandler, but it's so good I wanted to alert other fans of Russ lit right away. It's fat, expensive, and scholarly, so not for the casual reader, but anyone with a serious interest should see if their library has it yet. When I finish I'll write a review and link it here.

2kaggsy
Set 21, 2018, 3:56pm

I’ll look forward to hearing about it. Although perhaps presumptuous to think of myself as a scholar, I do read and love masses of Russian lit so I may have to indulge.

3languagehat
Set 21, 2018, 5:23pm

I don't mean only scholars should/could read it, just that you have to have a tolerance for scholarly writing -- lots of footnotes, discussions of theoretical positions, etc. But it's readable and amazingly comprehensive; I've only found a few writers I would have liked to have seen mentioned who weren't in the index.

4kaggsy
Set 22, 2018, 2:40am

Oh, I don’t mind a scholarly book - this will probably have to go on the wish list then!

5bjbookman
Set 25, 2018, 11:12am

I have a copy of Reference Guide to Russian Literature by Neil Cornwell. Should I add A History of Russian Literature to my reference library.

6languagehat
Set 26, 2018, 8:28am

You should, if you're interested enough. The Cornwell book is great, but it's very different in purpose and scope (and, of course, outdated).

7languagehat
Set 26, 2018, 8:56am

What I'd suggest is using the "Look inside" feature at the Amazon page:
https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0199663947/ref=nosim/librarythin08-20

Search for the names of a couple of authors you're particularly interested in and see if what they say intrigues you. Also, if you have a Kindle (or a Kindle app for your phone) you could have a free sample sent and read the introduction, take a look at the table of contents, etc. (That's what persuaded me to spring for the book.)

8bjbookman
Set 26, 2018, 11:08am

Thanks for the suggestion, I will check the book and will add to my collection. Thanks languagehat.

9languagehat
Jul 20, 2019, 9:02am

10bjbookman
Jul 22, 2019, 8:08am

Well written review, I will probably add it to my collection of Russian references. I must be from the old school, I much rather use my own reference books than use the internet.

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