January 2017 through December 2017
The short list of qualifications:
Level One (Tolstoy): 1-3 books
Level Two (Chekov): 4-6 books
Level Three (Dostoevsky): 7-11 books
Level Four (Turgenev): 12+ books
You can count short stories, poetry, novels, novellas and plays in your book count. I don't really mind.
Keely has a long list of Russian texts on her blog, if you need ideas.
I am both excited and nervous about this challenge because, while I thoroughly appreciate Russian lit, I find it complex and weighty in ideas, which presumes a deep commitment. I do not have a problem with committing to deep reading and thinking; but it is my other life that demands so much from me.
Therefore, I will start off small - level one, obviously - and see what I can accomplish.
My first three commitments are:
1. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
2. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
3. The Diary of a Madman and Other Stories by Nikolai Gogol
And if I want to add more, they will be:
The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Notes From the Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
OK, here I go . . .