Thursday, November 22, 2007

Russian Reading Challenge- I'm in!

Why do I feel that participating in a 2nd challenge is the beginning of a very slippery slope? Oh well, I'll make sure to wax the toboggan and enjoy the ride.

Yesterday, after putting Dostoevsky up against Tolstoy in the Great Wednesday Compare, I explored the Russian Reading Challenge more thoroughly and decided it was one I could -and wanted to- do. Heck, at only 4 books (or short stories, poems, etc) over a twelve month span (Jan 1 - Dec 31, 2008), I probably met the requirements this year. Anyway, my picks- which are subject to change- are:

1. Vladimir Nabokov- Lolita
2. Alexander Pushkin- "The Snowstorm" (Short story)
3. Ivan Turgenev- Fathers and Sons
4. Maxim Gorky- "Creatures That Once Were Men" (Short story)

Wish me luck! Or as they say in Russia...oh wait, what do they say in Russia?


Barbara Bruederlin said...

I think they say Nostrovia!

Well done, you.

Anonymous said...

"Ha zdaroviye!" means "Cheers!" (lit. To Health!). Russians would say "Udache tebe!", meaning something like "success to you!".

John Mutford said...

Barbara: Don't congratulate me until I'm all done! I'll never be inspired that way.

Myrthe: Now if I could just get some help with the pronounciation.