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Ancient Global Epics & Literary Versions

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Reading our Roots




The Schedule

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

Russian Novels 1900s

1900
Chekov, In the Ravine

1901
Merezhkovsky, Christ and Antichrist, Part Two: Leonardo da Vinci or The Gods Resurrected

1905
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

1906
Mikhail Alekseyevich Kuzmin (1875-1936) Wings

1907
Mikhail Petrovich Artsybashev (1878-1927), Sanin

1907-1908
Bryusov, The Fiery Angel

1907
Garin-Mikhailovsky, Engineers
Gorky, The Mother
Sergeyev-Tsensky (1875-1958), Babaev
Fyodor Sologub (1863-1927), The Petty Demon

1908
Andreyev, Seven That Were Hanged

1908-1912
Artsybashev, At the Brink

1908
Gorky, Confession
Aleksei Mikhailovich Remizov (1877-1957), The Pond

1909
Andrei Bely (1880-1934), The Silver Dove
Alexander Ivanovich Kuprin (1870-1938), The Pit, Part One

1910
Ivan Alekseyevich Bunin (1870-1953), The Village

1911
Bunin, Dry Valley

1912
Tolstoy, Khadzhi Murat

1913-1914
Bely, Petersburg (Rev. Ed. 1922)

1913
Bryusov, The Altar of Victory

1914-1…

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

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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!





Postcard




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

A
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

B
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

C
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

D
Dead Souls
The Decameron
Defence of Poetry By Sir Philip Sidney
The Dhammapada
Divergent
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

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

F
Faust P…