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Juniper
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Postby Juniper » Wed September 3rd, 2008, 2:26 am

The Red Scarf by Kate Furnivall is one of the best novels I have read in a long time. It's set in Stalinist Russia and is very accurate in it's portrayal of Collectivisation and The Terror. I studyed Stalinist Russia in college, and really wish that this book had been available for me to read at the time. It brought it to life.

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Postby Volgadon » Tue September 9th, 2008, 12:47 pm

Aleksander Pushkin- The Captain's Daughter.
Dubrovsky.

Sholokhov- And Quiet Flows the Don (it's not a trilogy, but a single book in two parts).

Leo Tolstoy- Prisoner of the Caucasus.
Hadji Murad.

Nikolay Tolstoy- The Silver Prince.

Nikolay Tolstoy (a different one)- Peter I.

Mikhail Bulgakov- White Guard.
Dog's Heart.
Fateful Eggs.
Extraordinary Adventures of a Doctor.
Ivan Vasilievich.

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Postby donroc » Tue September 9th, 2008, 7:58 pm

In the USA, the Don books have been called a trilogy because the two parts of Quiet Flows the Don have been included with The Don Flows Home to the Sea as three volumes. Picky but there it is.
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Bodo the Apostate, a novel set during the reign of Louis the Pious and end of the Carolingian Empire.

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Postby Volgadon » Tue September 9th, 2008, 8:43 pm

But Quiet Flows and The Don Flows are the same book, which is what I ment. Can't understand why they split it into two.

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Postby donroc » Tue September 9th, 2008, 10:18 pm

"Volgadon" wrote:But Quiet Flows and The Don Flows are the same book, which is what I ment. Can't understand why they split it into two.


One of two reasons, which I am guessing.

1. The translations came late for the other parts.

2. Or the American publisher feared a big volume would hurt sales.

Here, nearly everyone in college feared tackling War and Peace because of its large number of pages as well as the confusing for some multiple names of the characters.
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Postby Calgal » Wed September 10th, 2008, 3:22 pm

"donroc" wrote:Here, nearly everyone in college feared tackling War and Peace because of its large number of pages as well as the confusing for some multiple names of the characters.


I'm guessing it was fear of the unknown. The long Russian names were hard for me, but the story was so absorbing I was really glad of the book's length--it was one of those I really did not want to end. When you are in college and faced with huge amounts of reading, you do not court long tomes, of course. I'm surprised it was even offered.

I did read Crime and Punishment, which is pretty long, but it is more than good story-telling. It is one of those innovatative novels beloved of lit professors, one a student needs to read to see the progression of the development of the novel, like Joyce or Faulkner and Hemingway or Calvalo.

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Postby donroc » Wed September 10th, 2008, 3:48 pm

W&P was assigned in a Great Books course I took at Cal. Several of us entered a challenge who could read and understand it the fastest.
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Bodo the Apostate, a novel set during the reign of Louis the Pious and end of the Carolingian Empire.



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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXZthhY6OtI&feature=channel_page

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Postby JMJacobsen » Thu September 11th, 2008, 2:28 am

The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons

A WWII romance in Leningrad. It's in my TBR pile, but I've heard nothing but good things about this one.

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Postby diamondlil » Thu September 11th, 2008, 3:03 am

One of my Favourite books EVER! Love the whole trilogy.
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Postby Volgadon » Thu September 11th, 2008, 6:41 am

Which trilogy?


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