Don’t miss my latest post at Thornfield Hall, “Are You a Russian Lit Geek? Rereading Goncharov’s Oblomov and Tolstoy’s The Cossacks.” I love Russian literature in translation, and have never read a more comical novel than Oblomov, in which the enchantingly slothful hero, Ilya Ilyich Oblomov, prefers sleep to action. Tolstoy’s autobiographical novel, The Cossacks, is a bit naive but charming. A young Russian man leaves Moscow for the Caucasus, and is impressed by the naturalness of the people.
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