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Constance Garnett

31 contributions found for Russian Life and/or Chtenia.

Constance Garnett Constance Garnett (1861-1946) was a legendary translator of some 70 works of 19th century Russian literature, and was one of the first translators to English of Dostoyevsky and Chekhov. She was drawn to the profession after a trip to Russia in 1893, when she met Lev Tolstoy at Yasnaya Polyana.


A House of Gentlefolk

Chtenia: Summer 2017
Extract from the author's least controversial and most widely read work during his lifetime. Yet Goncharov (he of Oblomov fame) accused Turgenev of plagiarizing the story from him.
Author: Ivan Turgenev
Translator: Constance Garnett

Faust

Chtenia: Summer 2017
Extract from this epistolary novella, loosely inspired by Turgenev's infatuation with a married woman who lived next door.
Author: Ivan Turgenev
Translator: Constance Garnett

First Love

Chtenia: Summer 2017
Turgenev's most autobiographical novel, which tells the story of a 16-year-old boy's infatuation with an older girl.
Author: Ivan Turgenev
Translator: Constance Garnett

Khor and Kalinych

Chtenia: Summer 2017
Turgenev's story of two peasants: the enterprising Khor and the dreamy Kalinych.
Author: Ivan Turgenev
Translator: Constance Garnett

On the Eve

Chtenia: Summer 2017
Turgenev's third novel, set on the eve of the Crimean War, discusses the destiny of Russia through the story of a young woman named Elena, who marries a foreign revolutionary.
Author: Ivan Turgenev
Translator: Constance Garnett

Rudin

Chtenia: Summer 2017
An excerpt from the finale of Turgenev's first novel, about Rudin, a "Titan in word but a pygmy in deed."
Author: Ivan Turgenev
Translator: Constance Garnett

Smoke

Chtenia: Summer 2017
The novel after Fathers and Sons, in which Turgenev skewered Westernizers and Slavophiles alike.
Author: Ivan Turgenev
Translator: Constance Garnett

The Diary of a Superfluous Man

Chtenia: Summer 2017
Turgenev's melancholy novella in which he first coined the phrase "superfluous man" that was so to influence Russian literature.
Author: Ivan Turgenev
Translator: Constance Garnett

Torrents of Spring

Chtenia: Summer 2017
From another highly autobiographical novel, in which a young traveler falls madly in love with a local German girl and imagines what might have happened.
Author: Ivan Turgenev
Translator: Constance Garnett

Anna Karenina

Chtenia: Spring 2017
In these excerpts from Tolstoy’s classic novel, we check in on Anna, Vronsky, Levin and Kitty after all have made their respective romantic choices. None, save perhaps Kitty, are realizing the happiness they dreamed of, but at least two of them will overcome this.
Author: Lev Tolstoy
Translator: Constance Garnett