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Author

Ivan Turgenev

14 contributions found for Russian Life and/or Chtenia.

IVAN TURGENEV (1818-1883) was a novelist, playwright and short story writer born in Oryol. He burst onto the literary scene with his short story collection, A Sportsman’s Sketches (1852), followed by Fathers and Sons (1862). Most of his later life he lived abroad (both to avoid the stifling rule of Nicholas I and to pursue his love of Pauline Viardot), and he had testy or difficult relationships with both Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy (who at one point challenged him to a duel). The Diary of a Superfluous Man was written while Turgenev was still in Russia. Rudin was written after his emigration.


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

Fathers and Sons

Chtenia: Summer 2017
A short excerpt from the novel that brought Turgenev world renown, with its dissection of the divide between the liberals of the 1840s and the radicals of the 1860s.
Author: Ivan Turgenev
Translator: Charles Hogarth

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

Hamlet and Don Quixote

Chtenia: Summer 2017
A vitally important bit of literary (and social) criticism by Turgenev, in which he divides the world up into Hamlets and Quixotes.
Author: Ivan Turgenev
Translator: David Modell

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