Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Russian
Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev was born in 1818 in the Province of Orel, and suffered during his childhood from a tyrannical mother. After the family had moved to Moscow in 1827 he entered Petersburg University where he studied philosophy. When he was nineteen he published his first poems and, convinced that Europe contained the source of real knowledge, went to the University of Berlin. After two years he returned to Russia and took his degree at the University of Moscow. In 1843 he fell in love with Pauline Garcia-Viardot, a young Spanish singer, who influenced the rest of his life; he followed her on her singing tours in Europe and spent long periods in the French house of herself and her husband, both of whom accepted him as a family friend. He sent his daughter by a sempstress to be brought up among the Viardot children. After 1856 he lived mostly abroad, and he became the first Russian writer to gain a wide reputation in Europe; he was a well-known figure in Parisian literary circles, where his friends included Flaubert and the Goncourt brothers, and an honorary degree was conferred on him at Oxford. His series of six novels reflect a period of Russian life from 1830s to the 1870s: they are Rudin (1855), A House of Gentlefolk (1858), On the Eve (1859; a Penguin Classic), Fathers and Sons (1861), Smoke (1867) and Virgin Soil (1876). He also wrote plays, which include the comedy A Month in the Country; short stories and Sketches from a Hunter’s Album (a Penguin Classic); and literary essays and memoirs. He died in Paris in 1883 after being ill for a year, and was buried in Russia.
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If you enjoy books with a strong plot, flowing dialogue, and page turning adventure have I advice for you!.. You need to stay far, far, faaaaaar away from this book then. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Joshua Clark
"Literature is news that stays news" and that is very much the case with Turgenev's masterwork. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Jeffrey Tedford
This was Turgenev's first "novel" (it's really a collection of short stories with a common theme) and a brilliant achievement, given the time and place. Read morePublished 18 months ago by reading man
Many beautifully reviews that say it all. The sketches are very easy to read but still rich.
Not the best edition judging by a 3 star review here, refering to the use of... Read more
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I don't read Russian, but this is the most readable and rich translation I've found. In "How to Read and Why," Harold Bloom recommends "Bezhin Lea" and " Kasyan from the Beautiful... Read morePublished on June 5, 2012 by A.
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Federico G. Martini - this review is on: Memoirs of a hunter by Ivan Turgenev. Read more