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The Bear and the Nightingale

By Katherine Arden, A distinctive and enchanting book based in Russian folklore

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden is one of those books that not everyone seems to know about, but everyone who’s read it seems to love it. It’s a novel based in Russian folk tales, history and culture, and it’s the first book of her Winternight trilogy. The second book is The Girl …

                             

The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them

By Elif Batuman, Something of An Acquired Taste and A Book Only A Russian Lit Scholar Would Write

The Possessed is author Elif Batuman’s recounting of her summer spent studying in Uzbekistan, mixed in with tales of her experiences as a Russian Literature grad student. I picked it up out of the respect I have for classic Russian Literature, which I have a soft spot for since it’s just so desperate and dramatic. …