May 22, 2017

Fathers & Sons

Something to Treasure

By Ivan Turgenev
Translated By C.J. Hogarth
Russian, 1862
Realism, Philosophical, Coming of Age

Main Attractions

Turgenev C.J. Hogarth Translation
1.  Seeps into the Reader
2.  Mellow & Strong Passages
3.  Artistic Archetypal Characters
4.  Harmonious Threads
5.  Philosophical Dialogues
6.  Monologue Point of View
7.  Reveals Various Relationships
8.  Simply Great Storytelling
9.  Both Slow & Quick Pacing!
10.  Incredible Variety of Allusions


I must make a postcard video for this one! Astounding quotes & images to be found.

Cuisine & Delicacies

Ranked as: Dessert Bar
This one could also be a Mystery Meat because of all the peaceful thinking I'm left with.  I have to go with dessert bar because of the fairy tale feel of this book.  It's a cozy story told by a family member.  It also has very deep meanings under the surface that can stay with you for years to come.

Why Visit Here

It can be read as just a story about father-son relationships.  Or simply to explore how times change.  It can also reveal the much deeper messages in these universal themes.  For these rich themes, I highly recommend this great work of emotional genius.  

And for Russian Literature fans, it’s so much more!  It’s the beginning of a 3 part conversation.  This is book one.
Book 2: What is to Be Done? By Nikolai Chernyshevsky (1863) 
Book 3: Notes from the Underground By Fyodor Dostoevsky (1864)

Destination Summary

Very simply, the father is waiting for his son to come home from school.   The son arrives with his nihilist friend.  There are many interesting discussions about life; traditions, social change, ways of living, falling in love and all types of relationships.  There is a lot going on without any confusion.  I’m sure some chapters will touch various people differently.

Off the Beaten Path

This video gives a good, short introduction for the “Emancipation of Russia’s Serfs”  which is the historical context of Fathers and Sons.

This is a professionally produced video, at 5 minutes in, they begin a detailed overview all of Russia during the emancipation, complete with maps.

Packing List

✓ Highlighter for Numerous Great Quotes
✓ A Planned trip to the Countryside for R & R
✓ A Cozy Chair for Reflective Thinking 

Recommended Resources
Alternate Books
✓ Eugene Onegin By Alexander Pushkin (1833) - Also a slow, countryside story about relationships
The Master and Margarita By Mikhail Bulgakov (1966) - Bazarov reminds me so much of Behemoth
✓ Uncle Vanya or The Cherry Orchid or any short work By Anton Chekov (c.1897-1904) - He weaves in many themes into a few words

May 11, 2017


Travel Itineraries of All the Destinations

An Alphabetical Index: Complete List of Books

Chronology of Russian Novels: Reference List & Challenge to Read them All!

Reading All Around the World: A Challenge to Diversify by Country!

Ancient Global Epics: Glacial reading pace of the roots of our civilization. 

May 8, 2017

Doctor Faustus

The Older Web of Deals

By Christopher Marlowe
British, 1604 & 1616 Ed.

Main Attractions

1.  Dramatic Scenes    
2.  Every Human Emotion
3.  Magic & Wish Granting
4.  Profound Dialogue
5.  Peculiar Humour
6.  Philosophical Questions
7.  Shocking Moments
8.  Bloodcurdling Sentences
9.  Memorable Characters
10.  Allusions Abound


Cuisine & Delicacies

Ranked as: Dessert Bar
This one’s tough to rank!  So let’s go with rich and complex undertones.  This play is only about 80 pages, but there is a lot going on under the surface.  The language invokes even more possibilities.  And the allusions to other great works also invites even more interpretations.  Superficially, it’s a great, chilling read for a summer afternoon or a cold, wintery evening.  The desert bar allows for the variety of interpretations that this play lays out for us.    

Why Visit Here

Marlowe’s play reminds my why I like to read plays.  They are a combination of great storytelling and poetry without the descriptive settings.  Marlowe’s dialogue is action packed and filled with great lines of meaning.  It’s a play to read many times over.  This is one of the older versions of the Faust story, so it’s a great one to begin with.  It’s been retold, changed and adapted numerous times.

Destination Summary

A great rendition from Thug Notes.  There’s spoilers and he goes into analyzing the play.

Off the Beaten Path

There are 2 versions of this play, A-Text (1604)  B-Text (1616) There’s only about 600 different lines of differences.  The Thug Notes link goes into fabulous detail to explain these two differences.  I recommend watching it after you’ve read it because he goes into an insightful discussion of it.

Travel Advisory

Not for the lighthearted or sensitive! There’s a lot of scenes with an imp encouraging impish behaviour.  Depending on your interpretation, it could be very anti religious or preaching religious doctrine.  I took it as shocking from a non-secular point of view.  

Packing List

✓ Reading Nook Decorations: scroll, quill and horse trinket
✓ Any Ancient Greek Works; By Ovid, Homer, Aristotle
✓ Tent Fort and Flashlight for Added Creepiness

Recommended Resources
Alternate Books
Faust 1 & 2 By Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1808) - Goethe was inspired by Marlowe’s play and he wrote a very different take on the Faust Legend.
✓ Doctor Faustus By Thomas Mann (1947) - A full length novel based on this legend and inspired by Goethe.

May 6, 2017

Why I Read

     Each time I go into the living room or come home, I am overwhelmed by the books that are here.  It’s like when you go on vacation and you wake up, look out the window, you know that feeling in your heart? When you realize what’s in front of you?  The books in my cube are very special because I understand a bit of just how many books aren’t included in this tiny cube.  Because they are here, it makes them that much more special.  They are the perfect books for me, at this time.  Primarily, reading them gives me so much joy.  I have that same feeling when I look at my personal library.  

     Acandysomething who is a book vlogger said it so beautifully in her video: you don’t need to own books to be a reader.  She has a much smaller shelf than me.  Some of these books have travelled the world with me, truly.  Combined, they’ve been to London, all over Korea, South America and all over Canada.  They’ve been stored in boxes while I travelled and lived abroad, they’ve been recently accumulated and shipped to Canada and they’ve been accumulated since I’ve been home.  Together, they make up what makes me.  They represent my history, I’ve taken out a few but the more refined ones are still here.  Philosophy and Eastern Philosophy have been a part of me for as long as I can remember.  Writing poetry even longer.  Most recent topics are Korean, linguistics and Russian Lit.

     I began reading books that were interesting to me.  Very early on, I didn’t know anyone else who read the types of books I did.  When we got book orders in school, my books were always different from everyone else’s.  In middle school, my best friend at the time got me into Christopher Pike.  We were inseparable during those years.  The rest of my school was into R.L. Stine and other books.  There were some other Pike readers, but not as many I thought.  I simply loved the mysticism that he included in his books.  They always had some deeper layer of magic, the kind of magic that lives in secret around us today.  The Last Vampire series’ main character is named Sita, after the ancient epic, The Ramayana. This sparked my interest in Eastern Philosophy once I learned The Ramayana was real.  I thought it was part of the story Pike invented. That was a life changing book for me, a YA book for a teenage reader.  Sadly, those books aren’t part of my own current library.  Maybe I’ll get around to replacing them.  But until then, I have this one;  Indian Philosophy from my Eastern Philosophy course. 

     So, why do I keep these exact books in my library?  Because reading is having a conversation with great authors.  The writer took the time to gather their thoughts, reflect, years of refinement and editing then they present them finished or not into a book.  Years of changes, various translations, book burning, cultural history, piecing together fragments of tablets or unfinished manuscripts have created the book that rests on my shelf today.  I can’t know all that went into creating these books, there is simply too much history; personal and cultural that went into their creation.  From the author’s point of view, I can understand barely 3% of it which is from my own history of creating poetry.

   Poems are refined, they aren’t written.  I think this is why I gravitate towards the classics, they have longer history.  Books like Steven Pinker’s are the result of his years of study, which I simply respect.  Reading any of these books is my chance to have a conversation and an internal monologue with great writers.  It’s profoundly exciting to be a part of that.  Conversations with real people are wonderful too.  But often, they are repetitive.  In the world around us, we tend to talk about the same things.  A book is just a more refined conversation.  Talking about books gives us something new to talk about, that we may never had the chance to before.  And of course, we can arrive at the same conclusion or descend into a similar conversation.

     As for reading lists, I’ve have a number of personal experiences, that are universally common to all people in one shape or another.  Experiencing the words, “I am”, is wholeheartedly, the most profound moment in my life.  Knowing that my thoughts can become aware of the experience of the words, I am.  That 100% experience of being present is something I hope for every person  to have.  

     Experiencing that gives me profound confidence in some of my choices.  One of those areas of choice is reading.  Over the years, I’ve read from a variety of lists that include all the key players, Diary of Anne Frank, Hamlet, Catcher in the Rye, Tom Sawyer, Lolita, Crime & Punishment, Tao Te Ching.  I’ve also read a couple books that give me an understanding of underrepresented people and their history, In Search of April Rain Tree, Roots and Funny Boy.  I feel like I’ve read enough from the standard ‘must read’ lists.  I’m not saying I’ll never read one of the great books from those lists again.  I’m saying I don't need to for now.  

     My reading goals are to reach out towards what I personally need.  And it’s ok for me to make that choice, it’s for me to make.  Books about underrepresented people are more interesting to me also.  Today, if I have a choice between reading Virginia Woolf or Malcolm x, I’ll go with Malcolm X.

     I’m aware that I’ll only read a speck of the books I want to.  So I want to spend that time with books that relate to my spirit and that aren’t dictated to me by a list.  I think these lists are a great starting point.  I think their purpose is to lead people towards that moment of I Am.  Then they can go on to make their own informed decisions about what to read next.  Then their reading journey can become more personal and deeply fulfilling, as it should be.  

     The reading quest is such a beautiful one.  It leads us to such great things.  It can also be a very personal experience that reveals more of who you are.

May 4, 2017

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Living, Breathing Cathedral

By Victor Hugo
France, 1831
Gothic, Philosophy

Main Attractions

1.  Incredible Story Telling  
2.  Resonating Descriptions
3.  Memorable Characters
4.  Poetic Structure
5.  Fast Paced Plotline
6.  Emotional Scenes
7.  Unpredictable Events
8.  Philosophical & Social Commentary
9.  Intense Final Scenes
10. Memorable Ending 


Cuisine & Delicacies

Ranked as: Lasagna or Hearty Casserole
On the surface, this book’s plot is fairly straightforward in a similar way as Crime & Punishment.  But if you look at the finer details in how things are described, a very poetic and philosophical discussion emerges about what is art and even what is life?  They are very profound concepts for a 500 page novel.  Then, if you examine the cast of characters and what they represent, the discussion about life takes root.  The roles and stereotypes that members of society are simultaneously trapped within and broken free in this book.  All of it makes for delicious reading with lots of food for thought to chew on for years after reading!

Why Visit Here

This novel is so well written for images and is full of moving events.  The characters are all given interesting backstories that clash and play out amongst each other.  The descriptions of Notre Dame are exquisite and turn the cathedral into a living character that’s central to the story.  The characters are a mere snapshot against the lengthy lifespan of the cathedral. 

A clip from the beginning of the Disney Movie.  It captures the mood of the book so well!  

Off the Beaten Path

Professional Views of the Cathedral and then of the Bells Ringing

Hunchback Views of Notre Dame, beautiful sounds.

Packing List

✓ Map of Paris 
✓ Google for image searches
✓ Documentary about Gypsies
✓ Bohemian Throw for coziness
✓ Old Cathedral Bells Ringing

Recommended Resources

Alternate Books
The Monk By Mathew Lewis (1796) - The monk who falls from grace is explored far more deeply
✓ Frankenstein By Mary Shelley (1818) - The Hunchback’s thoughts are the main focus.
✓ Les Miserables By Victor Hugo (1862) - After reading this one, I’m so eager to read Hugo’s other books, this one being his most famous.

Movie Adaptations
✓ The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) Directed by Wallace Worsley - It’s the oldest  film adaptation!

✓ The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) Directed by William Dieterle - It’s in Black & White!

✓ The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996) Directed by Gary Trousdale & Kirk Wise - It’s the famous Disney adaptation, Hugo himself said to make changes to his work because it’ll reflect the current times.

Apr 24, 2017

Ancient Global Epics & Literary Versions

Reading our Roots

Are You Nutz? Why?

I simply love learning about the Ancient World.  So, what's more fun than to read works that stood Eons' length of time!

Some of these epics are long!! A lifetime to read long!  So, in this case, I'll give in to abridgements.

Ancient Epics can include Foundational Myths for the country because every project needs it's Bunny Slippers.  

More professionally speaking they are... oh look! A video!

But.... Around the World Challenge...

I won't cross post these Epics with the Around the World Challenge.  If a modern adaptation or retelling is clearly based on an epic, I'll link it here as such.  Maybe I'll branch out the definition of what makes an Ancient Epic to include under represented countries.  *cross your fingers* I hope English translations are available!

For sure, I'll make my signature Destination Profile for each Epic.  They look so pretty! And I can pack in so many resources.  

More specific posts will be linked here.  So for The Ramayana as an epic: I have the Destination Post which won't be added to. (Except adding AGE Challenge link to here.)

Future, more detailed books will be added here under the title: The Ramayana.  This would include the Sanskrit Clay Library Collection, other translations and a heading that lists literary adaptations.  

Literary Adaptations are more widely read, so I'll also include them in the Main Alphabetical Index  

You're Invited
I've explained what'll work for my site.  Feel free to adapt this in any way you like.  Read only modern retellings or make it a lifer and read only the unabridged translated works! 

Use #AncientGlobalEpic & Participate via Blog, Booktube, Twitter, or Instagram  ... 

Whichever Floats your Bookmark!

Central (including The Caribbean)

Europe (including Russia)

South & Central 

Eastern & Southern
Islands of the Indian Ocean

The Middle East



Apr 23, 2017

Russian Novels 1900s

Chekov, In the Ravine

Merezhkovsky, Christ and Antichrist, Part Two: Leonardo da Vinci or The Gods Resurrected

Leonid Nikolaevich Andreyev (1873-1924), The Christians 
Valeri Yakovlevich Bryusov (1873-1924), The Republic of the Southern Cross
Merezhkovsky, Christ and Antichrist, Part Three: Peter and Alexis

Mikhail Alekseyevich Kuzmin (1875-1936) Wings

Mikhail Petrovich Artsybashev (1878-1927), Sanin

Bryusov, The Fiery Angel

Garin-Mikhailovsky, Engineers
Gorky, The Mother
Sergeyev-Tsensky (1875-1958), Babaev
Fyodor Sologub (1863-1927), The Petty Demon

Andreyev, Seven That Were Hanged

Artsybashev, At the Brink

Gorky, Confession
Aleksei Mikhailovich Remizov (1877-1957), The Pond

Andrei Bely (1880-1934), The Silver Dove
Alexander Ivanovich Kuprin (1870-1938), The Pit, Part One

Ivan Alekseyevich Bunin (1870-1953), The Village

Bunin, Dry Valley

Tolstoy, Khadzhi Murat

Bely, Petersburg (Rev. Ed. 1922)

Bryusov, The Altar of Victory

Kuprin, The Pit, Part Two

Sologub, The Legend in the Process of Creation

Bunin, The Gentleman from San Francisco

Bely, Kotik Letaev

Yevgeny Ivanovich Zamyatin (1884-1937), The Islanders

Vsevolod Vyacheslavovich Ivanov (1895-1963), The Partisans
Remizov, Noises of the City

Ilia Grigorievich Erenburg (1891-1961), The Extraordinary Adventures of Julio Jurenito and His Disciples…
Ivanov, Armored Train No. 14-69
Boris Leonidovich Pasternak (1890-1960), The Childhood of Luvers
Boris Pilnyak (1894-1937), The Bare Year

Aleksei Nikolaevich Tolstoy (1882-1945), Aelita

A.N. Tolstoy, The Road to Calvary, Part One: The Sisters
Vikenti Veresaev (1867-1946), Dead End
Mikhail Mikhailovich Zoshchenko (1895-1958),The Tales of Nazar Iliich, Mr. Sinebryukhov

Mark Aldanov (1889-1957), The Ninth of Thermidor
Erenburg, Thirteen Pipes
Dmitri Andreyevich Furmanov (1891-1926), Azure Sands
Alexander Georgievich Malyshkin (1892-1938), The Fall of Dair
Alexander Neverov (1886-1923), The Swan-Geese
Neverov, Tashkent, The City of Plenty

Mikhail Mikhailovich Prishvin (1873-1954), The Chain of Kashchei (Sep ed. 1930)

Remizov, Tales of the Russian People, told by Aleksei Remizov

Mikhail Afanasievich Bulgakov (1891-1940), Belaya Gvardia, The White Guard or The Days of the Turbans
Konstantin Aleksandrovich Fedin (1892-   ), Cities and Years

Olga Dmitrievna Forsh (1873-1961), Clad in Stone

Leonid Maksimovich Leonov (1899-    ), The Badgers
Alexander Serafimovich  (1863-1949), The Iron Flood
Marietta Sergeyevna Shaginyan (1888-    ), Mess-Mend or a Yankee in Petrograd (Pseudonym, Jim Dollar)
Zamyatin, We

Bulgakov, The Fatal Eggs
Zinaida Nikolaevna Gippius (1869-1945), Living Faces
Fyodor Vasilievich Gladkov (1883-1958), Cement
Gorky, The Artamonov Affair
Yuri Nikolaevich Tynyanov (1894-1943), Kyukhlya

Isaak Emmanuilovich Babel (1894-1941), Red Cavalry
Bely, Moscow, Part One: The Moscow Eccentric; Part Two: Moscow Under the Blow
Forsh, The Contemporaries
Valentin Petrovich Kataev (1897-  ), The Embezzlers
Veniamin Aleksandrovich Kaverin (Zilberg) (1902-   ), Nine Tenths of Fate
Kaverin, The End of a Gang of Thieves
Yuri Nikolaevich Libedinsky (1898-1959), The Commissars
Sergei Ivanovich Malashkin (1888-   ), The Moon from the Right-Hand Side, or Unusual Love
Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov (1899-1977), Tale about the Unextinguished Moon
Mikhail Leonidovich Slonimsky (1897-  ), The Lavrovs
Artyom Vesyoly (1899-1939), Native Land

Alexander Aleksandrovich Fadeyev (1901-1956), The Nineteen

Gorky, The Life of Klim Samgin

Leonov, The Thief
Yuri Karlovich Olesha (1899-1960), Envy
Slonimsky, The Middle Way
A.N. Tolstoy, The Road to Calvary, Part Two: The Eighteenth Year

Tynyanov, The Death of Vazir-Mukhtar

Ilia Ilf (Ilia Arnoldovich Fainzilberg), (1897-1937), Yevgeny Petrov (Yevgeni Petrovich Kataev), (1903-1942), Twelve Chairs
Nabokov, Despair
Olesha, Three Fat Men

Mikhail Aleksandrovich Sholokhov (1905-   ), And Quiet Flows the Don

Vladimir Sirin (Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov), (1899-1977), King. Queen. Knave
Tynyanov, Second Lieutenant Kizhe 

Kaverin, The Scandalmonger, or Evenings on the Vasily Island
Leonov, Soviet River
Pilnyak, Mahogany 
Andrei Platonovich Platonov (1899-1951), Origin of the Master (Later reworked and published as Kotlovan —The Foundation Pit)

Sirin (V. Nabokov), The Luzhin Defence

A.N. Tolstoy, Peter the First, Part One

Bunin, The Well of Days
Alexander Grin (1880-1932), The Road to Nowhere
Libedinsky, Birth of a Hero
Malashkin, The Columns March
Pilnyak, The Volga Flows into the Caspian Sea

Babel, Odessa Stories
Forsh, The Mad Ship
Ilf and Petrov, The Golden Calf
Kaverin, Artist Unkown

Kataev, Time, Forward!
Nabokov, The Heroic Deed

Novikov-Priboi (Aleksei Silych Novikov), (1877-1944), Tsushima

Nikolai Alekseyevich Ostrovsky (1904-1936), How the Steel was Tempered (Sep. Ed. 1935)

Sholokhov, Virgin Soil Upturned, Part One

A.N. Tolstoy, Peter the First, Part Two

Zoshchenko, Restored Youth

Kaverin, The Fulfilment of Wishes

Zoshchenko, Story of a Life

Nabokov, The Gift

Konstantin Georgievich Paustovsky (1892-1968), The Black Sea

Kataev, The Lone White Sail
Leonov, Road to the Ocean

Kaverin, The Two Captains

Yuri Krymov (1908-1941), The Tanker Derbent

Nabokov, Invitation to a Beheading

A.N. Tolstoy, The Road to Calvary, Part Three: A Gloomy Morning

Erenburg, The Fall of Paris
Vasili Semyonovich Grossman (1905-1964), The People are Immortal

Alexander Alfredovich Bek (1902-  ), The Volokolamsk Highway

Konstantin (Kirill) Mikhailovich Simonov (1915-  ), Days and Nights

Zoshchenko, Before the Sun Rises

Leonov, Chariot of Wrath

A.N. Tolstoy, Peter the First, Part Three

Fadeyev, The Young Guard (Rev. Ed. 1951)
Fedin, First Joys

Viktor Platonovich Nekrasov (1911-  ), In the Trenches of Stalingrad
Vera Fyodorovna Panova (1905-  ), The Traveling Companions

Fedin, Unusual Summer

Emmanuel Genrikhovich Kazakevich (1913-1962), The Star
Panova, Kruzhilikha

Kazakevich, Two in the Steppe

Kazakevich, Spring on the Order

Yuri Valentinovich Trifonov (1925-1981), The Students

Grossman, For a Just Cause
Valentin Vladimirovich Ovechkin (1904-1968), District Weekdays

Panova, Seasons
Leonov, Russian Forest
Nabokov, Pnin

Erenburg, The Thaw

Daniil Granin (1919-  ), Those Who Seek
Nekrasov, Home Town

Panova, Seryozha
Paustovsky, The Golden Rose
Nabokov, Lolita

Vladimir Dmitrievich Dudintsev (1918-  ), Not By Bread Alone
Kazakevich, House on the Square

Anatoli Vasilievich Kuznetsov (1929-  ), Continuation of a Legend
Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago
Sholokhov, The Fate of a Man

Fyodor Aleksandrovich Abramov (1920- ), Brothers and Sisters
Pavel Filippovich Nilin (1908- ), Comrade Venka
Panova, Sentimental Novel

Sholokhov, Virgin Soil Unturned, Part Two. (Sep. Ed. 1960)

Abram Tertz (Andrei Donatievich Sinyavsky), (1925- ), The Trail Begins

Vasili Petrovich Asksyonov (1932-  ), Ticket to the Stars
Nekrasov, Kira Georgievna
Bulat Shalovich Okudzhava (1924-  ), Good Luck, Schoolboy!

Abramov, The Dodger
Nabokov, Pale Fire
Yuri Vasilievich Bondarev (1924-  ), Silence
Granin, I Enter the Storm
Kaverin, Slanting Rain

Sinyavsky,  Lyubimov

Alexander Isaevich Solzhenitsyn (1918-  ), One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

Aksyonov, Oranges from Morocco
Boris Balter (  - ), Goodbye, Boys

Yuri Osipovich Dombrovsky (  -  ), The Keeper of Antiquities
Vladimir Fyodorovich Tendryakov (1923- ), A Rendezvous with Nefertiti 
Sergei Pavlovich Zalygin (1913- ), On the Irtysh River

Vitali Nikolaevich Syomin (1927-   ), Seven in One House
Vasili Makarovich Shukshin (1929-1974), The Lyubavins
Bulgakov, Black Snow

Chingiz Aitmatov (1928- ), Farewell, Gulsary
Vasili Ivanovich Belov (1933- ), The Usual Thing 

Bulgakov, The Master and Margarita

Lidia Korneyevna Chukovskaya (1907- ), The Deserted House (Written in 1939-1940)
Fazil Abdulovich Ishkander (1929- ), The Goatibex Constellation
Kaverin, Double Portrait 
Kuznetsov, Baby Yar
Vladimir Alekseyevich Soloukhin (1924- ), Coltsfoot

Yevgenia Semyonovna Ginzburg ( - ), Journey into the Whirlwind

Abramov, The Winters and Three Summers
Bulgakov, Heart of a Dog
Solzhenitsyn, Cancer Ward
Solzhenitsyn, The First Circle
Tendryakov, The Death of the Boss
Zalygin, Salt Valley

Nabokov, Ada or Ardor
Okudzhava, Poor Avrosimov
Tendryakov, On Apostolic Business
Trifonov, The Exchange

Abramov, The Wooden Horses
Aitmatov, The White Steamer
Grossman, Forever Flowing
Valentin Grigorievich Rasputin (1937- ), The Final Stage
Trifonov, Preliminary Stocktaking

Vladimir Yemilianovich Maksimov (1932- ), The Seven Days of Creation
Shukshin, I Have Come to Give You Freedom
Solzhenitsyn, August 1914

Chukovskaya, Going Under (Written in 1949-1957)
Arkadi Natanovich Strugatsky (   -   ) and Boris Natanovich Strugatsky Nasty Swans

Shukshin, Snowball-Berry Red

Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago

Iskander, Sandro of Chegem

Rasputin, Live and Remember

Georgi Nikolaevich Vladimov (1931-    ), Faithful Ruslan
Vladimir Nikolaevich Voinovich (1932-    ), The Life and Extraordinary Adventures of Pirate Ivan Chonkin

Rasputin, Farewell to Matyora
Trifonov, House on the Embankment
Alexander Aleksandrovich Zinoviev (   -  ), The Yawning Heights

Venedikt Yerofeyev (1933- ), Moscow to the End of the Line 

Andrei Georgievich Bitov (1937- ), The Pushkin House

Voinovich, Pretender to the Throne: The Further Adventures of Private Ivan Chonkin

Aksyonov, The Burn
Granin, The Painting
Trifonov, The Old Man

Aitmatov, The Day Lasts Longer Than the Age
Bondarev, The Choice