Remember that poll I conducted this week to see what Russian book I will read next? Well, the results are in.
Drumroll, please, as I put you in suspense…
The winner is Boris Pasternak’s Doctor Zhivago.
The results were quite close. In fact, Isaak Babel nearly beat out Pasternak. More than a few of my readers were drawn to him—I assure you, you have excellent taste, as Babel’s writing is absolutely beautiful. But the winner this time is someone more well-known in the West. (In fact, there was an article sort of recently about a book that came out detailing how Doctor Zhivago was published.)
Here’s how The Great Russian Books Project will work: I’ll read some of the book every day. Remember, I’m working full-time now, so I can’t guarantee I will read a lot every day—it may just be a little. The reading will be done in Russian, though I will use dictionaries if necessary. I also have an English translation, just in case there’s something too complicated for me to parse. (It’s rare, my friends, but it does happen.) I’ll be blogging about the whole experience, of course: stuff about the book, historical events in the book, cool words and phrases, that sort of thing. If you don’t like the book, never fear, because I will blog about random other stuff too.
After I publish this post, I will go load the book onto my Kindle so I can get started. I hope you’re as excited as I am!