Helen Stuhr-Rommereim, Oberlin College '09 is graduating with a major in Russian and Art. Considering this, her reading list is not surprising:
--Alexander Solzhenitsyn. The First Circle by New York: Harper and Row, 1968. (highly recommended!! A novel about a special prison where the prisoners perform high-level scientific research for the Soviet Union. It was published in 1968 and takes place in 1949 and is based on Solzhenitsyn's time in prison)
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--Vassily Aksyonov. Generations of Winter. New York: Vintage Books, 1994 and A Winter's Hero. New York: Random House, 1996. by Vassily Aksyonov (a little bit of a soap opera that covers the trajectory of three generations of a family from around 1929 until after the death of Stalin)
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--Gary Shteyngart (an Oberlin grad!). The Russian Debutante's Handbook. New York: Riverhead Books, 2002.
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--Lydia Chukovskaya. Sofia Petrovna. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 1988 (Tragic story of a woman who's son is arrested and sent to Siberia during the purges of 1937)
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--Jorge Luis Borges. The Aleph (a short story) found in The Collected Fictions. Translated by Andrew Hurley. New York: Viking 1998.
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Max Stasser Oberlin College '09 is graduating with a history major with an emphasis on the Middle East. His reading list includes:
--Jane Mayer. Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals. New York: Doubleday, 2008.
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--Ron Suskind. The Way of The World: A Story of Truth and Hope in an Age of Extremism.
New York: Harper, 2008
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--Carol Spencer Mitchell and Ellen Spencer Susman. Danger Pay: Memoir of a Photojournalist in the Middle East, 1984-1994.
Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 2008.