Private: Hereditary blight?

The Golovlyov Family, a novel from the late 1870s by the Russian writer M.E. Saltykov (pen name Shchedrin), is a curiosity of world literature in its relentless assault on the common sentiments of family life,” says The New York Review of Books reviewer Elizabeth Hardwick. According to Hardwick, the novel amounts to “a story without a sympathetic character.”

Have you read the book? If so, drop me a line and let me know what you think.