I’m back from my sister-in-law’s, full of her excellent cannelloni; herewith for those interested the presents of LH relevance that I have received (there was also the traditional scotch and some good music):
The Extraordinary Decade: Literary Memoirs, by P. V Annenkov
Challenging the Bard: Dostoevsky and Pushkin, a Study of Literary Relationship, by Gary Rosenshield
Midnight at the Pera Palace: The Birth of Modern Istanbul, by Charles King
Philology: The Forgotten Origins of the Modern Humanities, by James Turner
I’m looking forward to all of them; my hearty thanks to the generous givers! Not a gift, but it feels like one because it was free (the author is giving it away at his site), is Изломанный аршин: трактат с примечаниями by Samuil A. Lurie; Anatoly raved about it so convincingly I downloaded it forthwith and am looking forward to plunging in. It’s a work of literary history and criticism focusing on the unjustly despised (at the time) and since forgotten Nikolai Polevoy, a true man of the people, and the decade of the 1830s; it will make an excellent companion to the Annenkov book about the 1840s, which I’ve been wanting to read for years and which my wonderful wife got me. Season’s greetings to all!