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Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita

The Annotated Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov My rating: 4 of 5 stars Lolita, if you don’t know, is a novel cast in the form of a murderer’s confession. The self-named … Continue reading

19 November 2017 · 2 Comments

Vladimir Nabokov, The Enchanter

The Enchanter by Vladimir Nabokov My rating: 3 of 5 stars VN’s first pass at the Lolita subject matter, The Enchanter was written in 1939—making it one of the author’s … Continue reading

16 July 2017 · Leave a comment

Alexander Pushkin, Eugene Onegin

Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin My rating: 5 of 5 stars Well, this is a fun book. So fun, in fact, that I wonder why people go on about the … Continue reading

18 July 2016 · 1 Comment

Vladimir Nabokov, Despair

Despair by Vladimir Nabokov My rating: 3 of 5 stars Despair, Nabokov’s seventh novel, written in Russian, dates from the mid-1930s (begun in 1932, serialized in 1934, published as a … Continue reading

24 June 2016 · Leave a comment

In Defense of Pevear and Volokhonsky

Janet Malcolm contributes the latest polemic against Richard Pevear and Linda Volokhonsky (hereafter P&V), the famed husband-and-wife translators of the Russian classics, whose preeminence in their field is now being … Continue reading

4 June 2016 · 4 Comments

Fyodor Dostoevsky, A Gentle Creature and Other Stories

A Gentle Creature and Other Stories by Fyodor Dostoyevsky My rating: 4 of 5 stars This little book, translated by Alan Myers, collects three of Dostoevsky’s short works on the … Continue reading

5 January 2016 · Leave a comment

Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Idiot

The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky My rating: 5 of 5 stars A very, very strange novel. In her review of David McDuff’s 2004 translation of The Idiot (I myself read … Continue reading

22 August 2015 · 3 Comments

George Steiner, Tolstoy or Dostoevsky: An Essay in the Old Criticism

Tolstoy or Dostoevsky: An Essay in the Old Criticism by George Steiner My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is a superb book. It abounds in literary-historical insight; it goes … Continue reading

31 July 2014 · Leave a comment

Fyodor Dostoevsky, Demons

Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky My rating: 5 of 5 stars While this story of nihilist-socialist radicals run amok in provincial Russia is touted as Dostoevsky’s political novel, his pamphlet novel, … Continue reading

30 July 2014 · 1 Comment

Notes on Anna Karenina (2012)

To get evaluation out of the way, I’ll say I liked it.  Of course I liked it!  It was more or less an entertainment, a revel for the bookish.  Target … Continue reading

25 November 2012 · Leave a comment