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  •  Russian literature (4+ / 0-)

    When I was in my existentialist phase I read a lot of the depressing variety of Russian novels, the ones all the sophisticated European existentialists mentioned. Which is probably why I really enjoyed Robert Heinlein's remarks about the topic: he claimed to have learned Russian in order to read the great novels, only to discover that translation had actually improved them. He said he wasn't sure of the purpose of Russian literature, except that it wasn't entertainment.

    If your internal map of reality doesn't match external conditions, bad things happen.--Cambias

    by pimutant on Fri Aug 22, 2014 at 09:33:01 AM PDT

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    •  They are doorstops... (3+ / 0-)
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      pucklady, RiveroftheWest, No Exit

      it gets drafty in Russia.

      The Eno the Thracian Fantasy Series by C.B. Pratt. Hero for Hire

      by wonderful world on Fri Aug 22, 2014 at 04:03:53 PM PDT

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    •  I was amused when I went to Russia (4+ / 0-)

      that the homes I visited had Russian translations of English-language classics - Dickens, Thomas Hardy. Even Mark Twain.

      They all wanted to talk about English classics of the Victorian era.

      Me and my public education (even though I read Solzhenitsyn as a child, not to mention translations of Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy), I felt so inadequate.

      Man, I must have been a really boring kid.

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      by pucklady on Fri Aug 22, 2014 at 11:21:19 PM PDT

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