It’s Russian Lit! Book Club

When: Sunday, February 25, 2 PM
Where: Dog-Eared Books

“Russian” to a good book! 😉 Winston Churchill once described Russia as “a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.” Now is a great time to engage with Russian literature; these works can help us understand the long suffering of the Russian people under their oppressive governments, as well as their culture. Many of the Russian writers the club will read were directly opposed to and persecuted by their government, and they can give us context for our current world as well as a damn good story. If you have even the slightest interest in understanding the complexity or Russia’s culture, this book club is for you.

We will be reading both seminal Golden Age classics (Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Turgenev) and lesser known works, both old and modern. This club will only be reading fictional works – while Russian history can be equally as compelling, it will not be the focus.

This month we are reading Homo Zapiens by Victor Pelevin. It’s Russian Lit book club will meet at 2 PM, on Sunday, February 25.

The collapse of the Soviet Union has opened up a huge consumer market, but how do you sell things to a generation that grew up with just one type of cola? When Tatarsky, a frustrated poet, takes a job as an advertising copywriter, he finds he has a talent for putting distinctively Russian twists on Western-style ads. But his success leads him into a surreal world of spin doctors, gangsters, drug trips, and the spirit of Che Guevera, who, by way of a Ouija board, communicates theories of consumer theology. A bestseller in Russia, Homo Zapiens displays the biting absurdist satire that has gained Victor Pelevin superstar status among today’s Russian youth, disapproval from the conservative Moscow literary world, and critical acclaim worldwide.

Purchase a copy to read, or grab it from the library, and join us February 25, for an engaging discussion about Homo Zapiens by Victor Pelevin. This book club is free to anyone who wishes to participate. No registration necessary.

Content Warnings for Official Book Club 2024
Content Warnings for Homo Zapiens
Content Warnings for Lost Believers
Content Warnings for Fathers and Sons
Content Warnings for Ada, or Ardor
Content Warnings for The Master and Margarita

Dates and books of upcoming 2024 It’s Russian Lit! Book Club:

February 25 at 2 PM
Homo Zapiens by Victor Pelevin
March 24 at 2 PM
Lost Believers by Irina Zhorov
April 28 at 2 PM
Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev
May 26 at 2 PM
Ada, or Ardor by Vladimir Nabokov
June 23 at 2 PM
The Master and the Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

 

 

 

 

 

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