Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Back to the {Eastern European} Classics

I have recently stumbled upon several really cool book blogs that have made me aware of one awesomely dorky type of internet meme: the Book Challenge. Book challenges aren't entirely unlike regular memes: people give themselves assignments and pass them on to others. Book Challenges, however, are a much bigger commitment which might explain why they are not as popular as 20 Things You Don't Know About Me, for example. I've seen challenges by genre, by subject, by period. In some way, The Migrant Bookclub is a Book Challenge too but way more restricting than the ones I've seen elsewhere.

I was already planning on mentioning this to you when I discovered Sarah's Back to the Classics 2012 Challenge. It's quite simple really: you have between January 1 and December 31, 2012 to read a title under each of the following categories:

  • Any 19th Century Classic
  • Any 20th Century Classic
  • Reread a classic of your choice
  • A Classic Play
  • Classic Mystery/Horror/Crime Fiction
  • Classic Romance
  • Read a Classic that has been translated from its original language to your languange - To clarify, if your native language is NOT English, you may read any classic originally written in English that has been translated into your native language.
  • Classic Award Winner - To clarify, the book should be a classic which has won any established literary award.
  • Read a Classic set in a Country that you (realistically speaking) will not visit during your lifetime - To Clarify, this does not have to be a country that you hope to visit either. Countries that no longer exist or have never existed count.

I have been thinking about how I want to know Eastern European literature a little better + I read most of my classics when I was in high school when I was way too immature to know what's the what + as you already know, I do well with lists... So, to cut to the chase, I'm ENTHUSIASTICALLY in!

Help me with recommendations and please feel free to join in.


  1. Albanian classic: Ismail Kadare, The Three-Arched Bridge.
    Yugoslav classic: Danilo Kis, Garden, Ashes.
    Greek classic (poetry): Yannis Ritsos.


  2. I used one of the titles in my "official" challenge list. I am adding the other two to my "To Read" list. You should revive your blog! I miss reading YOU.