Reading List

Alexander Pushkin. “The Bronze Horseman” (1833)*

Andrey Bely, Petersburg (1916; 1922)

Bible: Revelation

“A Slap in the Face of Public Taste” (1912)*

Alexander Blok, “The Stranger” (1908)**

                             “The Twelve”   (1918)*

Eugene Zamyatin, We (1920)*

Mikhail Zoshchenko, Stories*

 “On Party Policy in the Field of Belles-Lettres” (1925)*

VAPP  platform  (1925)*

Isaac babel’, Stories from Red Cavalry (1926)*

Yury Olesha, Envy (1927)**

Mikhail Bulgakov, The Master and Margarita (1940)

Bible: The Gospel According to Saint Matthew

Alexander Solzhenitsyn, A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (1962)

                                           “Matryona’s Home” (1963)

Andrey Bitov, “Life in Windy Weather” (1963-4)*

Vasily Aksenov, “The Victory” (1965)*

Fazil Iskander, “Belshazzar’s Feasts” (1978)*

Bible: Book of Daniel

Yuz Aleshkovsky, “From the Book of Final Statements” (1984)*

Tatyana Tolstaya, On the Golden Porch (1989)

Liudmila Petrushevskaya, The Time: Night (1992)

Zinovy Zinik, “A Chance Encounter” (1990)

Victor Pelevin, “Sleep” (1992)

Liudmila Ulitskaya, The Funeral Party (1999)




The Holy Bible

Writing Requirements

Three short papers (about 4 pages) to be re-written after peer


A final exam


Course Format

Lecture, discussion, student presentations (10 minutes)

Papers will receive extensive comments rather than letter grades


*Course packet at PIP Printing, 179 Main St., 344-9001, or order on-line at

** In The Portable 20th Century Russian Reader, ed. Clarence Brown