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Ancient Global Epics & Literary Versions

Reading our Roots

The Schedule

✓ Deciding the #YearofWriting plans.
Tale of Genji & Heike
✓ Japan
✓ Kana
The Mahabharata & Bhagavad Gita 
✓ India, Sri Lanka
✓ Devanagari
The Shahnameh 
✓ Greater Iran, Greater Persia 
✓ Persian and/or Arabic
The Odyssey or The Aeneid 
✓ Greece, Italy (Roman Empire)
✓ Greek (B/C Latin alphabet's too easy)
Saga of Volsungs, Kalevala or Mabinogion 
   ✓ Iceland, Finnish or Welsh
   ✓ Nordic, Finnish Runic or Irish Ogham 
Journey to the West (The Monkey and the Monk)
✓ Mongolian (B/C writing direction's unique)
African Mythology (Ethiopian Epic?) 
✓ Ge'ez or Cree

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


Under Construction

3 Major Projects Announcement

Thank you for being Patient.  

I spent the last 2 weeks tweaking my Menus and Itineraries.  I’ve also added a Reader’s Retreat.  Destinations have trickled in a lot slower than usual.  That section will be back on track shortly.  

All of this is in preparation for … drum roll …. 

Reading all the Russians Project!!!

Slowly, I’ll be typing up the Chronology of Russian Books.  I have 9 pages of books to type up over the next few days!! And more slowly, I plan to read all or most of them.  So the Destinations will trickle in until that 9 page list is up.  Then I'll be back to the daily Destinations again.  

2nd Drum Roll …. 

Global Ancient Epics Project!

I plan to read at least one Epic from various countries around the World.  This will include Modern Retellings or Adaptations.  They’ve inspired so many rich stories and I’m excited to share my findings with you.  I’ll draft up a Reading List based on my Goodreads Bookshelf.  The Reading List is flexible and can …

Sita’s Ramayana

Her Side of the Epic!

Text By Samhita Arni
Illustrations By Moyna Chitrakar
Based on Chandrabati’s Retelling
Originally Attributed to Valmiki
India, 2011

Main Attractions

1. Keeps the Ancient Vibes 
2. Lots of Events & Details 
3. Beautiful Artwork
4. Great Intro to the Ramayana 
5. Lengthy Mythical Battle 
6. Includes all the Key Events
7. Told as a Fable with Morals
8. The Women’s Point of View
9. Fun to Read & Discuss
10.  Best Ending Ever!


Cuisine & Delicacies

Ranked as: Summer Salad
If you know the story already, this will be a super breezy read.  It retains most of the original, well-known events.   If you don’t know the story, this will be a great introduction and still a light read.  The names may be a bit confusing, but there is a handy map at the beginning.  This story demonstrates the ideals of everything relating to male and female.  We aren’t expected to live up to these perfect standards because they are, well, perfect.  The ending is up for tonnes of debate! That’s whe…

Alphabetical Index

Complete List of Books

Ada or Ardor: A Family Chronicle
The Aenid
The Alchemist
The Almost Nearly Perfect People
And the Mountains Echoed
Anne of Green Gables
Animal Farm
An Atlas of Countries that Don't Exist
And Quiet Flows the Don

The Battle for God: History of Fundamentalism
Brave New World
The Better Angels of Our Nature
The Bhagavad Gita
The Book Thief
The Boy Who Escaped Paradise
Bridge to Terabithia

Caleb Williams
Cancer Ward
Constance Garnett: A Heroic Life
The Canterbury Tales
Catch 22
The Catcher in the Rye
Childe Harold's Pilgrimage
Crime and Punishment
City of God By Augustine 
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki And His Years of Pilgrimage 
The Conference of the Birds

Dead Souls
The Decameron
Defence of Poetry By Sir Philip Sidney
The Dhammapada
The Divine Comedy: Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso 
Doctor Faustus By Thomas Mann 
Doctor Faustus By Marlowe
Doctor Zhivago
The Don Flows Home to the Sea
Don Juan
Don Quixote
The Dubliners

Either/Or: A Fragment of Life
The Epic of Gilgamesh
Eugene Onegin

Faust P…