Years ago, sometime after I read Anna Karenina and knew that Russian Literature as one of my first literary loves as a result, I had this notion I would learn Russian one day. "Then I can read Tolstoy's War and Peace, Pasternak's Doctor Zhivago, and Dostoyevsky," As one does when one is young, in literary love, and naive. When I realized I had no time to learn Russian (I was only interested in reading it),…