Top positive review
Interesting selection of stories if a bit depressing
12 July 2015
The 12 stories in this collection are all by well-known names in 19th or early 20th century Russian literature. They make interesting if downbeat reading. The parallel text is really useful because it means you don't keep having to fiddle around with dictionaries. The stories are of varying degrees of difficulty. (I nearly gave up on the Dostoyevsky.) I would say they are pitched at first year degree level students at least. I have the Kindle edition which means it had quite a lot of typos particularly in the Russian text. In particular on many occasions "o" was rendered as "b" and occasionally vice versa. It took me a while to pick up on this and realise that certain words were really quite familiar ordinary words and not bizarre combinations of consonants or archaic spellings. One further word of warning - this is not an uplifting read. Many of the stories ranged from depressing to downright gruesome (particularly the Dostoyevsky and Babel stories) so if you are ultra-sensitive you may want to take the stories one at a time.