Fathers and Sons

Fathers and Sons Description:

Bazarov a gifted impatient and caustic young man has journeyed from school to the home of his friend Arkady Kirsanov But soon Bazarov s outspoken rejection of authority and social conventions touches off quarrels misunderstandings and romantic entanglements that will utterly transform the Kirsanov household and reflect the changes taking place all across nineteenth century Russia br br Fathers and Sons enraged the old and the young reactionaries romantics and radicals alike when it was first published At the same time Turgenev won the acclaim of Flaubert Maupassant and Henry James for his craftsmanship as a writer and his psychological insight Fathers and Sons is now considered one of the world s greatest novels br br A timeless depiction of generational conflict during social upheaval it vividly portrays the clash between the older Russian aristocracy and the youthful radicalism that foreshadowed the revolution to come and offers modern day readers much to reflect upon as they look around at their own tumultuous changing world br br Introduction by Jane Costlow

Rating: 3.52 out of 5

Mumu

Mumu Description:

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Rating: 3.25 out of 5

Sketches from a Hunter's Album

Sketches from a Hunter's Album Description:

Turgenev s first major prose work is a series of twenty five i Sketches i the observations and anecdotes of the author during his travels through Russia satisfying his passion for hunting His album is filled with moving insights into the lives of those he encounters peasants and landowners doctors and bailiffs neglected wives and bereft mothers each providing a glimpse of love tragedy courage and loss and anticipating Turgenev s great later works such as i First Love i and i Fathers and Sons i His depiction of the cruelty and arrogance of the ruling classes was considered subversive and led to his arrest and confinement to his estate but these sketches opened the minds of contemporary readers to the plight of the peasantry and were even said to have led Tsar Alexander II to abolish serfdom

Rating: 3.57 out of 5

First Love

First Love Description:

This vivid sensitive tale of adolescent love follows a year old boy who falls in love with a beautiful older woman and experiences a whirlwind of changing emotions from exaltation and jealousy to despair and devotion br br This beautifully packaged series of classic novellas includes the works of masterful writers Inexpensive and collectible they are the first single volume publications of these classic tales offering a closer look at this underappreciated literary form and providing a fresh take on the world s most celebrated authors br

Rating: 3.49 out of 5

Spring Torrents

Spring Torrents Description:

Returning to Russia from a tour in Italy twenty three year old Dimitry Sanin breaks his journey in Frankfurt There he encounters the beautiful Gemma Roselli who works in her parents patisserie and falls deeply and deliriously in love for the first time Convinced that nothing can come in the way of everlasting happiness with his fiancee Dimitry impetuously decides to begin a new life and sell his Russian estates But when he meets the potential buyer the intriguing Madame Polozov his youthful vulnerability makes him prey for a darker destructive infatuation br br A novel of haunting beauty Spring Torrents is a fascinating partly autobiographical account of one of Turgenev s favourite themes a man s inability to love without losing his innocence and becoming enslaved to obsessive passions

Rating: 3.48 out of 5

Home of the Gentry

Home of the Gentry Description:

Home of the Gentry is a novel by Ivan Turgenev published in the January issue of Sovremennik It was enthusiastically received by the Russian society and remained his least controversial and most widely read novel until the end of the th century It was turned into a movie by Andrey Konchalovsky in br br The novel s protagonist is Fyodor Ivanych Lavretsky a nobleman who shares many traits with Turgenev The child of a distant Anglophile father and a serf mother who dies when he is very young Lavretsky is brought up at his family s country estate home by a severe maiden aunt often thought to be based on Turgenev s own mother who was known for her cruelty

Rating: 3.46 out of 5

On the Eve

On the Eve Description:

First published in i On the Eve i of the Russian revolution is another of Turgenev s lyrical idealist works Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev defined the philosophy of nihilism and social change and yet managed to dwell on the bittersweet romanticism of Russia s fading nobility This is a story of Elena a young spiritually passionate woman with intense social principles who abandons her family home and country to follow Insarov a romantic revolutionary rebel to his native Bulgaria A classic novel of the courage of life choices on the brink of global change

Rating: 3.59 out of 5

Rudin

Rudin Description:

RUDIN by Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev tells the story of a character typical to Turgenev a superfluous man weak of will brimming with indecisive frustration and yet tormented by ideals Rudin is made impotent by the dissonance of honoring the older generations while at the same time embracing the new bold epoch of pre revolutionary Russia The theme of melancholic powerless men coupled with vital idealistic women is prevalent in Turgenev s work and it would be hard to find a clearer study of the type than RUDIN

Rating: 3.53 out of 5

Virgin Soil

Virgin Soil Description:

Turgenev was the most liberal spirited and unqualifiedly humane of all the great nineteenth century Russian novelists and in i Virgin Soil i his biggest and most ambitious work he sought to balance his deep affection for his country and his people with his growing apprehensions about what their future held in store At the heart of the book is the story of a young man and a young woman torn between love and politics who struggle to make headway against the complacency of the powerful the inarticulate misery of the powerless and the stifling conventions of provincial life This rich and complex book at once a love story a devastating and bitterly funny social satire and perhaps most movingly of all a heartfelt celebration of the immense beauty of the Russian countryside is a tragic masterpiece in which one of the world s finest novelists confronts the enduring question of the place of happiness in a political world

Rating: 3.44 out of 5

Asya

Asya Description:

Tolstoy considered Asya written in one of Turgenev s two best stories along with First Love Asya is a tragic story of two Russians abroad who are in love but conceal it from each other Constance Garrett and Isabel Hapgood translated Asya in antiquated style approximately years ago Despite the story s superb character portrayals it has rarely been available since This translation is based on the Russian text published in in Moscow by the Government Publishing House of Artistic Literature

Rating: 3.56 out of 5