Bookends on Russian Literature

November 30, 2014 | 2

To accompany this infographic on Russian literature, The New York Times asked Francine Prose and Benjamin Moser what makes 19th century Russian writing so distinctive. Pair with our own Matt Seidel‘s take on rejected Bookends questions.

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  1. It’s deeply bizarre that War and Peace didn’t make it onto the War book stack. Or any book stack. Kind of the THE 19th century Russian novel for many people.

  2. Agree with Skiki — how did War and Peace not make even one stack when it could fit onto almost all of them?

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