In our family there is a personal library. It is small, within the capabilities of a standard two-bedroom apartment. It has about 2,5 thousand books. The beginning of the collection of books in our house was put by my grandmother immediately after the end of the Great Patriotic War. She collected Russian and foreign art classics, as well as the best literary works for children – from folk and literary tales to adventure books and artistic autobiographies dedicated to the writers’ childhood, for example, “The Childhood of Bagrov’s Grandson” by S. T. Aksakov. When the father began to replenish the home library, literary critical works and works of literary critics began to arrive, which are good assistants in the comprehension of fiction. Turning to them, we compare
The main wealth of our library is fiction. We are very fond of the works of ancient Greek literature, and therefore we can always, whenever we want, turn to Homer and reread the chapters of his Iliad and Odyssey, turn over Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides, read the poems of Anacreon, Alkey, Sappho, look in the collection under the name “Ancient Greek epigram”. Of course, with us is the “Divine Comedy” of Dante Alighieri, the tragedy and comedy of William Shakespeare, the collection of works of foreign classics – O. Balzac, F. Stendhal, C. Dickens, J. B. Moliere, P. Beaumarchais, W. Thackeray, J. London, etc., from the Russian classics – VA Zhukovsky, A. Pushkin, M. Yu. Lermontov, N. V. Gogol, A. Ostrovsky, F. M. Dostoevsky, I. S. Turgenev, LN Tolstoy, AP Chekhov, NS Leskov, AI Kuprin, I. Bunin, V. Korolenko, A. Akhmatova, D. Merezhkovsky, M. Bulgakov, V. Nabokov, B. Pasternak. A lot of literature on the life and work of Alexander Pushkin, memoirs, memoirs of contemporaries, artistic and biographical prose.
It is impossible to do without reading modern literature. And here it is already necessary to select very strictly the books, to note what will remain forever, and what will become irrelevant tomorrow. With us from contemporary authors – V. Shukshin, A. Vampilov, V. Rasputin, V. Astafiev, A. Solzhenitsyn, B. Vasiliev, V. Soloukhin, B. Okudzhava. Come to our library and works of contemporary writers – L. Ulitskaya, T. Tolstoy. In addition to these writers, there are many others, it is impossible to enumerate all of them. And not in the number of books in the home library matter. It is important that she was in your apartment so that you would go to your house, as a meeting with good friends. To discuss with them a lot, be happy and sink together, come to important philosophical observations about the meaning of human existence.