Friday, January 11, 2008

slight change in plans

The word of the quarter might have been consolidation, if not for the fact that "The Idiot" is 700 pages long. I've decided to either warm myself up or maybe stop with some of Dostoevsky's short stories. First up is белые ночи ("White Nights"). Whenever my husband wants to make fun of me for studying Russian literature, he points to this story and says, "Look! Look! See how Russian literature turns its aesthetic greatness to the purpose of proving, almost scientifically, that happiness on earth is impossible?" (Or something to that effect.) "White Nights" entered our peculiar marital lexicon as a moment of great happiness followed by wrist-slashing despair, usually over matters сентиментальный, as the subtitle would have it.

Posted by Shannon Chamberlain @ 1:11 PM

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Scientific's a good take on it. "Late Blooming Flowers" is practically a taxonomy.

Posted by Blogger Peli Grietzer @ January 15, 2008 12:51 PM #
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