The heart, the tea, the book 

If you don’t know what your heart is – read “Oblomov”

“Oblomov” – the greatest russian novel. I’ll post 2 quotes from it :)) probably you’ll recognise yourself there. And also my sketch of the heart.

Quote 1

“As soon as he awoke, he intended to rise immediately, wash and, after drinking his tea, think hard, come up with an idea, write it down and in general study the matter properly.
He lay there for half an hour, agonizing over this intention, but then he reasoned that he could do this after his tea, and he could drink his tea, as was his habit, in bed, especially as nothing was keeping him from thinking lying down.
And so he did. After his tea he sat up from his couch and was about to rise. Looking at his slippers he even began lowering one foot toward them from the bed, but pulled it back immediately.

Did you recognise yourself? 

Quote 2

“Today is their day. Why don’t you come along? I’ll introduce you.
“What’s there to do?
“At the Mussinky’s? Please, half the town goes there. What’s there to do? This is the kind of house where they talk about everything.”
“That’s what’s so boring, that it’s about everything.”

And the sketch of the Heart 🙂 

Enjoy your weekend! 


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    • Yes, Ray Bradbury is also classics but Russian classic books r different for me. Bcz I’m a teacher of Russian literature and we r studying each book to the point “why the author used this color when he described the weather or the house on that* street”…and after some time it feels like you are loosing real connection with the idea of the book/with the book 🙂 we studied foreign literature a bit differently – only idea, theme, heroes, author. So I’ve enjoyed it more while reading haha

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      • Well I’m a math prof and my certainty is that you can’t be in a writer’s head and determine what the “blue” color stands for. I read an essay some years ago saying about Tolkien and his fear of the Nazis.
        No way… Sometimes a good story is a good story and the only judge is what you “feel” by reading it.

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      • Exactly..well said 👏👏. But when u r in the uni you don’t have too much choices haha every teacher is different of course, but in Russia is very popular “deeeeeep studying” of the text: even if you don’t know what’s in a writers head – try to imagine it & come up with some idea. Very popular question (the lessons of literature): what the author wanted to say by mentioning of this/creating this image..? Ps. We enjoyed reading anyway 😄

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  1. “When you don’t know what you’re living for, you don’t care how you live from one day to the next. You’re happy the day has passed and the night has come, and in your sleep you bury the tedious question of what you lived for that day and what you’re going to live for tomorrow.”

    It’s an amazing book…

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