A bronze monument to an all-powerful emperor comes to life and pursues a poor everyman through the streets, driving him to his death. A studious young man kills an old woman as a philosophical experiment. A young woman at the height of aristocratic society abandons her husband and young son to devote herself to her lover. These and other tales from the classics of nineteenth-century Russian literature will touch and delight you, get under your skin, and even attempt to show you how to live. We will read these tales in order to understand how books can become events in their own right, how Russianliterature gained such power and prestige, and what it can still teach us today. Works will include Pushkin's The Bronze Horseman, Turgenev's Fathers and Children, Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment, Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, Khvoshchinskaya's City Folk and Country Folk, Chekhov's Cherry Orchard, and others.