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1rocketjk
Set 11, 2008, 1:11pm

I just finished reading Selected Tales by Nikolai Leskov. It was my first introduction to Leskov and his work. I enjoyed his writing very much: down to earth stories and fables, with a nice touch of humor, describing the life of the middle class and working classes of 19th century Russia. If you haven't read Leskov, I recommend him.

2aluvalibri
Set 11, 2008, 1:16pm

You just reminded me that I have Leskov's The Enchanted Wanderer in one of my TBR piles.
Thank you for starting this thread!

3rocketjk
Set 12, 2008, 12:23pm

Well, you're welcome, aluv. The Enchanted Wanderer is in fact one of the stories in the collection I read, the longest entry, obviously. All of the works were quite enchanting, I thought.

4tros
Out 8, 2008, 2:42am


"The Steel Flea" and "The Siberian Lady Macbeth" are two all-time favorites.

5languagehat
Mar 27, 2018, 9:28am

I have enjoyed the Leskov stories I've read, so I was disappointed to wind up bailing out of his first novel, Nekuda ("No Way Out"); see my post on it:
http://languagehat.com/leskovs-nekuda/

6bjbookman
Editado: Abr 30, 2018, 12:06pm

Finished a Russian novel that I feel will be a classic in Russian literature. The Big Green Tent by Ludmila Ulitskaya, translated by Polly Gannon.
"tells the story of three school friends who meet in Moscow in the 1950's and go on to embody the heroism, folly, compromise, and hope of the Soviet dissident experience."

7languagehat
Jan 23, 2019, 1:51pm

I've read several more Leskov books; I'll link to my reviews.

Смех и горе (Laughter and Grief):
http://languagehat.com/leskovs-laughter-and-grief/

Запечатленный ангел (The Sealed Angel):
http://languagehat.com/leskovs-sealed-angel/

Очарованный странник (The Enchanted Wanderer):
http://languagehat.com/leskovs-enchanted-wanderer/

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