It’s Friday and it’s also the opening day of the 2014 Winter Olympics (officially the XXII Olympic Winter Games) in Sochi, Russia. A total of 98 events in 15 winter sports disciplines will be held and it’s estimated that more than 2,500 athletes from around the globe will be participating.
Putting on the Olympics isn’t cheap. Just ask Beijing, China about their $44 billion fork-out for the 2008 Summer Olympics. Sochi’s original budget of $12 billion was thwarted by various factors causing spend to escalate to a whopping $51 billion and awarding the locale with the most expensive Olympics to date.
But, what should be highlighted as a time to celebrate the physical and mental achievements of accomplished international athletes is being overshadowed by several major controversies: anti-gay sentiment, security concerns stemming from the Chechen Black Widow’s terrorist group and allegations of corruption leading to budget bloat.
Despite some of the negative media coverage that Sochi has received the Olympics are thrilling to watch, and ultimately, spectators and viewers hope for safety and sportsmanship to be front center while we cheer on our respective nations and favorite athletes and teams despite nationalism, to victory and Gold medals. In the US, NBC will be featuring 18 days of broadcast coverage beginning on Friday, February 7th through Sunday, February 23rd (closing ceremony).
In recognition of the Olympics and their hosting country we’ve assembled 18 classic early Russian literature book torrents for you to download and read. That’s one for each day of the festivities. All books are believed to be in the public domain.
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18 classic Russian literature book torrents
1. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
2. The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
3. Eugene Onegin, Aleksandr Pushkin
4. Dead Souls, Nikolai Gogol
5. Fathers and Sons, Ivan Turgenev
6. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
7. A Hero of Our Time, Mikhail Lermontov
8. The Idiot, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
9. What’s To Be Done?, Nikolay Chernyshevsky
10. Mother, Maxim Gorky
11. The Gentleman From San Francisco, Ivan Bunin
12. Oblomov, Ivan Goncharov
13. The Lady With the Dog, Anton Chekhov
14. Marie: A Story of Russian Love, Aleksandr Pushkin
15. Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
16. The Steel Flea, Nikolai Leskov
17. The Duel, Aleksandr Kuprin
18. The Dark, Leonid Andreev
Good luck to all competing Olympians and happy reading to our Vuze users!
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