- Series: Russian Library
- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Columbia University Press (August 15, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0231183038
- ISBN-13: 978-0231183031
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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City Folk and Country Folk (Russian Library) Paperback – August 15, 2017
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Talk about buried treasure! The heroines of this sly, engrossing novel crackle with a verve so fresh that 1860s Russia feels close enough to touch. A brilliant reminder (as if any were needed) that women have been fighting, and triumphing over, their conditions forever. Reviving this forgotten book is a masterstroke. (Kate Bolick, author of the New York Times best-seller Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own)
A single man of property comes to a country village―unsettling young and older ladies. The village is in Russia, soon after the emancipation of the serfs; Ovcharov is a hypochondriac intellectual. “A comical people,” he reflects at one point, and the women and the reader must agree. Admirers of Jane Austen will delight in this charming satire. (Rachel Brownstein, author of Why Jane Austen?)
In her sympathetic depiction of the central mother-daughter relationship Khvoshchinskaya stakes her own territory and widens the boundaries of the 19th-century Russian novel. . . . Set against a backdrop of the emancipation of the serfs, touching on the (assumed) backwardness of rural Russia and the role of its elite in political reform, the book at its heart is the story of two country women asserting their independence. (Kirkus Reviews)
In a quietly masterful way, City Folk and Country Folk combines wit, intelligence, and a keen knowledge of human nature with rich details of nineteenth-century Russian culture and rural life. (Meg Nola Foreword Reviews (starred review))
Favorov’s brisk translation and helpful notes make the novel very accessible to present-day readers. This consistently delightful satire will introduce readers to a funnier, more female-centric slant on Russian literature than they may have previously encountered. (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
About the Author
Sofia Khvoshchinskaya (1824–1865), a writer, translator, and painter, published fiction and social commentary in Russia's most influential journals. She and her sister Nadezhda wrote to support their family, struggling members of the nobility, alternating long stretches of toil in their native Ryazan Province with visits to Russia's capitals, where they interacted with some of the country's leading intellectuals.
Nora Seligman Favorov is a translator of Russian literature, poetry, and history.
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