I started Night Watch the other night on my cousin's husband's advice, and I must say it hooked me. Like stated above, the premise is great, and the setting fits it perfectly. Also, I *used* to be fluent in Russian, and I can see a lot of places where it's clear the translator stumbled, finding them is fun in and of itself.
mypsychoticself: Get both languages, read the English version first, then the Russian. I did that with A Hundred Years of Solitude (after first having tried to do it first in Spanish). Although it would be a great exercise to really get into a book in a second language, it's also very difficult especially when the author uses a lot of figurative language. Start with short stories and poetry, really understanding them, before novels.
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