For those of you who might not know, I'm off to St Petersburg this week on an art study trip, read more at my other blog post. I'm going to find a 30 hour flight really boring, especially if I can't paint or write or do much really, so being the prolific workaholic that I am, I've decided that reading will amuse me, unless I find someone interested to talk to 😉
So here are my selection of books I'm reading during my trip to St Petersburg:
The Heart Garden by Janine Burke, which is about Sidney Nolan's muse and lover, Sunday Baillieu. It basically portrays her significant impact on Australian modernism...should be an interesting read, I'll let you know how it goes.
The other book, is one which I have read a few times, but I am revisiting The Collected Tales of Nikolai Gogol. I adore Gogol's writing, and it appeals to my sense of humour, similar to the way Voltaire's works do. In particular, The Nose and The Overcoat are my favourites, but I pretty much like them all. The last time I read his works was about 6 years ago, so it will be comforting to revisit with older eyes, and quite appropriate for my impending trip to St Petersburg. While Gogol went to St Petersburg in 1828 to seek his fortune in St Petersburg, I am seeking fortune of the artistic soul I suppose 😉