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[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”1623650461″ locale=”us” height=”333″ src=”” width=”208″ alt=”Mikhail Shishkin” ]Over the Depths of the Sea


A Review of

The Light and the Dark: A Novel
Mikhail Shishkin

Hardback: Quercus Books, 2014
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Reviewed by Meghan Florian


Those readers who appreciate the great Russian novelists of the past cannot, I would argue, deny that these author’s works are often a vast undertaking. In length, number of characters, variations of names, depth of thought, and reflection on the human condition as the writer understands it — authors such as Fyodor Dostoevsky ask a great deal of their readers (just as they did of themselves as writers, it seems to me). Those who are willing to sit with such works, to read slowly and ponder the narrative long after they’ve gone cover to cover with the book itself, can never quite be sure what they’ll find.

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[easyazon-image align=”none” asin=”0307264246″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”” width=”108″ alt=”Anna Akhmatova” ]Happy Birthday to poet Anna Akhmatova, born on this day 1889.

From the collection:

Anna Akhmatova
(Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets).

Hardback: Everyman’s Library, 2006
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