Ch 1: Russian Literature & Authors

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  • The lives and works of authors Svetlana Alexievich, Svetlana Alliluyeva, Lyudmila Ulitskaya, Svetlana Chmakova, Vasil Bykov, Yurii Andrukhovych and Boris Pasternak
  • Summaries of Alexievich's Voices from Chernobyl, Secondhand Time and Zinky Boys
  • Characters and quotes from Pasternak's Doctor Zhivago
  • Vasily Grossman and his novel Life and Fate

16 Lessons in Chapter 1: Russian Literature & Authors
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Svetlana Alexievich: Biography & Nobel Prize

1. Svetlana Alexievich: Biography & Nobel Prize

The Belarusian author and journalist Svetlana Alexievich had an important impact with her writing. The following lesson explores her life, as well as the many awards she was given, including the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Svetlana Alexievich: Books & Quotes

2. Svetlana Alexievich: Books & Quotes

Svetlana Alexievich is an author who uses her background as a journalist to collect interviews from ordinary people on important events. This lesson will focus on her books 'War Does Not Have a Woman's Face,' 'Boys in Zink,' and 'The Chernobyl Prayer: the Chronicles of the Future.'

Voices from Chernobyl: Summary & Quotes

3. Voices from Chernobyl: Summary & Quotes

In this lesson we will learn about ''Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster.'' We take a broad look at the book's events, characters, and places and explore their stories through quotes from the monologues.

Svetlana Alexievich's Secondhand Time Summary

4. Svetlana Alexievich's Secondhand Time Summary

Svetlana Alexievich's novel ''Secondhand Time'' gives voice to the Russian people. They describe their reaction to the collapse of the Soviet Union. In addition, their stories describe other problems this transition created.

Zinky Boys by Svetlana Alexievich: Summary & Analysis

5. Zinky Boys by Svetlana Alexievich: Summary & Analysis

The Soviet-Afghan war lasted ten years. Svetlana Alexievich's novel 'Zinky Boys' grants a forum to those who served. The book also considers those who were left behind and the effect it had on the Soviet Union.

Svetlana Alliluyeva: Biography & Books

6. Svetlana Alliluyeva: Biography & Books

Svetlana Alliluyeva, daughter of Joseph Stalin, lived at the center of Soviet politics and intrigue. She eventually grew dissatisfied with the empty promises of communism and defected from the Soviet Union; her experiences are discussed in several books published after the fact.

Lyudmila Ulitskaya: Biography, Novels & Short Stories

7. Lyudmila Ulitskaya: Biography, Novels & Short Stories

Lyudmila Ulitskaya is a contemporary Russian novelist and short story author. She is known for writing works that are highly conscious of twentieth-century historical events but also speak to contemporary issues. This lesson will discuss Ulitskaya's biography and the range of works she has penned.

Svetlana Chmakova: Books & Comic Arts

8. Svetlana Chmakova: Books & Comic Arts

Svetlana Chmakova is the artist and author behind over ten popular books. She writes and illustrates stories in the comic and manga genre. In this lesson we learn about Chmakova, comics and manga, and some of the author's books.

Vasil Bykov: Biography & Books

9. Vasil Bykov: Biography & Books

An outspoken author about war and important sociopolitical issues, Vasil Bykov was admired among his countrymen for his strong voice. In this lesson, we'll learn more about the man and some of his works.

Boris Pasternak: Biography & Quotes

10. Boris Pasternak: Biography & Quotes

Boris Pasternak was a very influential 20th-century Russian author, best known for his illegally published novel ''Doctor Zhivago.'' In this lesson, you will learn about his life and read important quotations from his works.

Boris Pasternak: Books & Poems

11. Boris Pasternak: Books & Poems

Boris Pasternak was a famous Russian novelist and poet. He is best known for his novel 'Doctor Zhivago.' Pasternak wrote poetry as well, and in this lesson, we will look at several of his poetry collections and poems.

Doctor Zhivago: Summary, Characters & Quotes

12. Doctor Zhivago: Summary, Characters & Quotes

Boris Pasternak's ''Doctor Zhivago'' tells the story of Yuri Zhivago and Larissa Guichard. Their lives intersect several times, and eventually fall in love, despite the fact that they each have families of their own.

Yurii Andrukhovych: Novels & Poems

13. Yurii Andrukhovych: Novels & Poems

One of Ukraine's most vocal contemporary prose and poetry authors is Yurii Andrukhovych. Open this lesson to review some of his most important novels and poems.

Vasily Grossman: Biography, Books & Quotes

14. Vasily Grossman: Biography, Books & Quotes

Vasily Grossman should receive more acclaim for his literary output than he actually does. His works remain relatively obscure, and can be difficult to find in translation. His masterpiece, ''Life and Fate'', is an epic novel that critically examines the Soviet Union on several fronts.

Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman: Summary and Characters

15. Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman: Summary and Characters

Though initially suppressed in the Soviet Union, Grossman's novel, 'Life and Fate,' is now recognized as one of the most important works of twentieth-century Russian literature. This lesson will summarize the novel's plot and main characters.

The Death of Ivan Ilyich Discussion Questions

16. The Death of Ivan Ilyich Discussion Questions

'The Death of Ivan Ilych' is a novella by Leo Tolstoy about an average person who dies a lonely, unremarkable death. This asset contains classroom discussion questions about this story.

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