What one text, written by someone specifically from Eastern Europe, do you really enjoy and believe should be taught to high school students?
Please also briefly state why you feel this text should be included in the high school curriculum. The text can be any genre (poetry, novel, nonfiction, fiction, humor, drama, etc.).
I am looking to include a broader range of authors and texts in my students' curriculum and expose them to lesser studied individuals. Thank you!
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Personally, I really enjoy (well, enjoy isn't precisely the right word, but you know what I mean) the work of Alexander Solzhenitsyn, and his portrayal of life in Soviet Russia in its many repressive forms. A great work that you could easily use because of its short length would be A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, which portrays, as the title suggests, a day of a prisoner in one of Stalin's feared Gulag camps, where every day is a grim battle for survival. Unforgettable and brilliant.
The two suggestions I would make are "old school" Russian writers, but I have students who read and enjoy these titles every year when they choose them for my independent novels project. I personally love the scope and style of Anna Karenina by Tolstoy, but what list of world literature would be complete without consideration of Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky. My students really enjoy the complexity of the main character and the philosophical nature of the work.
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