I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions (though I did like one mentioned on Kerry’s blog here, I will to try to stay alive in 2010 if at all possible, that’s a resolution I can get behind), but with A Dance to the Music of Time drawing to a close it’s time for me to think about whether I want any major reading projects for the coming year.
One project I’ve already decided on, I’m going to try to read Proust’s In Search of Lost Time this year. That alone will take I suspect a good chunk of my reading time, but I think it will be worth it. I own the Moncrieff/Kilmartin/Enright translations, so those will be what I go with.
That’s probably more than enough, but the other project that tempts me in addition is to improve my knowledge of Russian literature. In particular, I’m thinking of trying to work my way through the major superfluous man novels, the question there then is working out which ones are best to read.
I figure Byron’s Childe Roland, though not Russian of course, is worth looking at for its influence on Eugene Onegin. Oblomov has to make an appearance, Diary of a Superfluous Man sounds like it might be somewhat relevant, all other suggestions welcome.
For the curious, I have read A Hero of our Time, as the blog title probably suggests, but I shall likely try to reread it this year as well.
On an unrelated note, I’m trying a new theme for the blog to make it a bit easier on the eye. All thoughts welcome, I’m undecided currently.