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The Rentier (original title: Tanase Scatiu), book 2 in The Comaneshteni Saga, is now available

Mihai Comaneshteanu, a refined young aristocrat, the scion of an illustrious family with impeccable reputation, returns from abroad. Has the childhood romance between him and Tincutza Murguletz survived the years of separation? 71 more words



“Do you hear the people sing

Lost in the valley of the night?

It is the music of a people

Who are climbing to the light.

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Sign-up starts January 9, 2018 for The Comedy and Tragedy in Chekhov’s Stories at the Newberry

I invite you to join me at the Newberry this spring as we read and discuss a representative selection of some of Anton Chekhov’s early humorous stories, continuing to his mature comic and tragic stories. 90 more words

Russian Literature

Reading as Triangulation

You ever wonder how reading actually works? I don’t mean the most fundamental kind of reading — you know, looking a word and knowing what it means. 1,440 more words


Bookish Discussions: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

Please be aware: this review contains spoilers. Read at your own free will.

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall was Anne Brontë’s second novel. Considerably more coarse and weightier in subject than  1,186 more words

Bookish Discussions

43. 'The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde' by Robert Louis Stevenson

I needed to read a work of horror for this year’s Back to the Classics challenge. Of course, everyone knows this tale about a good scientist who unleashes his hedonistic persona with disastrous results. 503 more words


In Wartime, a novel by Duiliu Zamfirescu (Book 3 of The Comaneshteni Saga)

As Romania enters the conflict between the Russian Empire and the Ottoman Empire to gain its independence, all the men of the Comaneshteanu family go to war…