This reminds me of how when people ask me what my favorite book is I don't say Moby Dick since I don't want to come off as pretentious. I say Absalom, Absalom instead.
How did you know what book I conspicuously leave laying on my coffee table when I know I'm going to have guests over?
I used to have The Brothers Karamzov ... in Russian. But I don't like to let geopolitics get in the way of pretentiousness.