Not only because the are short stories, but because I have wanted to read either Chekhov or Pushkin since I read Solzhenitsyn about fifteen years ago.
There is something about Russian writing and music which appeals to me-I am not (!) a Communist, having seen at first hand the harm it does.
When I was in school, we went on a Baltic cruise and stopped off in Leningrad, during the visit we were allowed inside the Kirov-now the Marinsky Opera house-to watch a play put on by local schools.
As much as I respect Marcel as a writer, all the homosexual references-not to mention the constant writing home-gets wearing after time and I am in need of Russian realism after French Romanticism.
There are many writers from various countries and eras I would like to read, and contrary to one article a few months ago on line-they are not all male/action writers.
I have an urge to read George Eliot, which if you are unaware is the pen name of Mary Anne Evans; I see nothing wrong in reading female writers, how many of have read the Bronte's., sadly, I have to admit although I want to, I have not as yet; not through avoidance but a lack of time to relax, until a few years ago.
Among the books on my shelves are books by Cherie Knight, Pat Barker, Tammi Hoag, Carol Wills, Yezall Strongheart and Paula Shene, all good writers and all ladies.