It’s Russian Lit! Book Club

When: Sunday, June 30 | 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 The Master and the Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov. It’s Russian Lit book club will meet at 2 PM, on Sunday, June 30.

Nothing in the whole of literature compares with The Master and Margarita. One spring afternoon, the Devil, trailing fire and chaos in his wake, weaves himself out of the shadows and into Moscow. Mikhail Bulgakov’s fantastical, funny, and devastating satire of Soviet life combines two distinct yet interwoven parts, one set in contemporary Moscow, the other in ancient Jerusalem, each brimming with historical, imaginary, frightful, and wonderful characters. Written during the darkest days of Stalin’s reign, and finally published in 1966 and 1967, The Master and Margarita became a literary phenomenon, signaling artistic and spiritual freedom for Russians everywhere.

This newly revised translation, by the award-winning team of Pevear and Volokhonsky, is made from the complete and unabridged Russian text.

Purchase a copy to read, or grab it from the library, and join us June 30, for an engaging discussion about The Master and the Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov. This book club is free to anyone who wishes to participate. No registration necessary.

Also, for 20 minutes after each club meeting, you will receive 20% off all books and merchandise!

Content Warnings for Official Book Club 2024
Content Warnings for The Master and Margarita
Content Warnings for Roadside Picnic
Content Warnings for A Hero of Our Time
Content Warnings for Sofia Petrovna
Content Warnings for We
Content Warnings for The White Guard
Content Warnings for Cancer Ward

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

June 30 at 2 PM
The Master and the Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
July 28 at 2 PM
Roadside Picnic by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky
August 25 at 2 PM
A Hero of Our Time by Mikhail Lermontov, translated by Paul Foote
September 22 at 2 PM
Sofia Petrovna by Lydia Chukovskaya, translated by Aline Werth
October 27 at 2 PM
We by Yevgeny Zamyatin
November 24 at 2 PM
The White Guard by Mikhail Bulgakov
December 22 at 2 PM
Cancer Ward by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, translated by Nicholas Bethell and David Burg






Previous Book Club Selections