The Portable 20th Century Russian Reader by Clarence Brown

By Clarence Brown

Clarence Brown's tremendous assortment introduces readers to the main resonant voices of twentieth-century Russia. It comprises tales by way of Chekhov, Gorky, Bunin, Zamyatin, Babel, Nabokov, Solzhenitsyn, and Voinovich; excerpts from Andrei Bely's Petersburg, Mikhail Bulgakov's The grasp and Margarita, Boris Pasternak's Dr. Zhivago, and Sasha Solokov's A tuition for Fools; the total textual content of Yuri Olesha's 1927 masterpiece Envy; and poetry through Alexander Blok, Anna Akhmatova, and Osip Mandelstam.

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The creaking of wagon-wheels, the bleating of sheep, the sound of church-bells on a clear summer morning, ah, how pleasant it was to think of these things! He remembered Father Semyon, the old priest at Lyesopolye, a kind, gentle, good-natured old man. He himself had been small, and the priest’s son had been a huge strapping novice with a terrible bass voice. ” And Father Semyon had said nothing, and had only been mortified because he could not for the life of him remember reading of an ass of that name in the Bible!

There was a school in the village, but writing didn’t come easy for Alyosha and, besides, there wasn’t that much time for study. The older brother worked for a merchant in town, so Alyosha had to help his father from the time he could walk. Six years old and he was already watching after the sheep and the cow in the pasture with his baby sister, and a little older he was looking after the horses day and night. By the time he was twelve he was plowing and driving the wagon. He wasn’t strong but he knew how to do things.

And I was ill, too, and so was my brother Fedia. We all had sore throats. ” Her chin quivered, her eyes filled with tears. ” she cried in a shrill voice, beginning to weep bitterly. “Dear Uncle, Mother and all of us are so unhappy! Do give us a little money! ” He also shed tears, and for a moment could not speak for emotion. He stroked her hair, and touched her shoulder, and said: “All right, all right, little child. Wait until Easter comes, then we will talk about it. ” His mother came quietly and timidly into the room, and said a prayer before the icon.

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