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21. Virgin soil I. S. Tourgacuteenief
22. Dimitri Roudine : a novel
23. First Love: Three Short Novels
24. The Brigadier, on the Eve: And
25. A Reckless Character, and Other
26. Turgenev and England (New York
27. Three Famous Plays (The Hyperion
28. First Love and the Diary of a
29. Turgenev's Letters (European thought)
30. Essential Turgenev
31. Phantoms, and Other Stories (Short
32. The Torrents of Spring, Etc (Short
33. Turgenev: A Reading of his Fiction
34. Turgenev: The Man, His Art and
35. Three Famous Plays: A Month in
36. The Plays of Ivan S. Turgenev.
37. Tugeniefu zhuan (Wai guo wen hua
38. Rudin; On the Eve (Oxford World's
39. Ivan Turgenev and Britain (Anglo-Russian
40. Ivan Turgenev (Twayne's World

21. Virgin soil I. S. Tourgacuteenief ; translated by Ashton W. Di
by Turgenev. Ivan Sergeevich. 1818-1883.
 Paperback: Pages (1878-01-01)

Asin: B002WU1G7M
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22. Dimitri Roudine : a novel
by Ivan Sergeevich, 1818-1883 Turgenev
 Paperback: Pages (2009-10-26)

Asin: B003O6YLKC
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23. First Love: Three Short Novels
by Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev
 Hardcover: 352 Pages (1977-06)
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Asin: 0883555239
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24. The Brigadier, on the Eve: And Other Stories (His Works)
by Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev, Isabel F. Hapgood
 Hardcover: 277 Pages (1904-01)
list price: US$33.95
Isbn: 0836940679
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25. A Reckless Character, and Other Stories: And Other Stories (His Novels and Stories)
by Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev, Isabel F. Hapgood
 Hardcover: 385 Pages (1978-06)
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Isbn: 0836940660
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26. Turgenev and England (New York University studies in comparative literature)
by Patrick Waddington
 Hardcover: 448 Pages (1980-06-01)
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Asin: 0814791921
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27. Three Famous Plays (The Hyperion Library of World Literature)
by Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev
 Hardcover: 235 Pages (1977-06)
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Asin: 0883555212
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28. First Love and the Diary of a Superfluous Man (Dover Thrift Editions)
by Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev
Paperback: 90 Pages (1995-10)
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Asin: 0486287750
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars chronicle of wasted time
"superfluous man " (Russian : Lishny Chelovek) : a character type whose frequent recurrence in
19th-century Russian literature is sufficiently striking to make him a national archetype. He is
usually an aristocrat, intelligent, well-educated, and informed by idealism and goodwill but
incapable, for reasons as complex as Hamlet's, of engaging in effective action.
-Encyclopaedia Britannica

In his great autobiography, Memoirs of a Superfluous Man, Albert Jay Nock meant that he was
superfluous because his ideas, particularly his belief in freedom, had become so outmoded at the time
he was writing--the 1940s.But the original superfluous men were Russian nobles, who led utterly
meaningless lives of leisure, while peasants worked their land, servants took care of them, and
autocratic government mostly ignored them.They were felt to be superfluous because they had so
little to do and made so little contribution to Russian culture.For the most part though, they were
treated, in literature anyway, as kind of tragic heroes, as Russian Hamlets.

Thus, in Ivan Turgenev's novella, The Diary of a Superfluous Man, the young protagonist,
Tchulkaturin, humiliates himself in a romantic entanglement and a resulting duel, all the while
conveying the sense that there's nothing else really left for him to do with himself.Turgenev's
portrayal of this hopeless character combines tragicomedy with social criticism, but it is certainly more
sympathetic than not.

As always, Turgenev is the most accessible of Russian authors; the Constance Garnett translation is
very readable; and it is blessedly short.Even if you're, understandably, intimidated by Russian
novelists, you'll enjoy it.


5-0 out of 5 stars First Love and The Diary of a Superfluous Man
The Diary of a Superfluous Man is a diary of a fictional 30 year old man written during the last two weeks of his life. The dying man, Tchulkaturin, is exceptionally introspective and obssessed with his sense of failure and inferiority. His heated sensibilities stifle his will. He was a particular type in Russian literature, especially hated by the reformers of the day. In their eyes, he made no social contribution--hence, the term "superfluous".
The Diary is not just a negative romp of a self-pitying aesthete. True, there's much complaints, hysteria, and sentimentality, but it's relieved by Tchulkaturin's amusing self-awareness. Likening himself to a useless fifth horse on a carriage, dragged along by life, he says, "But, thank goodness, the station is not far off." It was said that his birth was the "forfeit" his mother paid in the card game of life. Turgenev's ironic humor and relentless yet light-hearted social criticism add sharp levity.
Tchulkaturin supports his self-assessment as superfluous with the "folly" of his life, a failed three week love affair which he claims was his only happiness. Through this vehicle Turgenev explores the themes of love, passion, illusion and will versus weakness, which is also the focus of the companion story, First Love.
Tchulkaturin remembers bliss and humiliation, but he did take action. We see that no one wants to be rescued from passion, not even Tchulkaturin. Does it matter whether he reached his goal? The townspeople eventually esteemed him--perhaps he did make a social contribution and wasn't, afterall, a superfluous man. Irony upon irony and no answers.
In his small room, confronting death, Tchulkaturin realizes that none of the pathetic facts of his life matter. Yet he laments he has "gained sense" too late. He sees what things have had meaning for him. No matter how small, he wants to hold onto them--he wants to live. The tragedy is that Tchulkaturin is universal, not superfluous. He, like most of us, come to realize that it is part of the human condition to feel that happiness and life seem to have hardly begun when nearly over.
At the end of the diary, after Tchulkaturin has died, Turgenev adds another ironic touch that doubles as a social comment and as a device to force the infinitely unvarnished and necessary view that life goes on however it will, regardless of how we may think we have lived.
First Love is the story of an adolescent who falls in love with the same woman as his father. It sensitively portrays the transformation of a child to a young man, precipated by his first passion. The unusual triangle intensifies the suspence as we wonder how the son will find out who his rival is--he knows there is one. His inevitable realization deepens his emotional life and his understanding of the complexities of human life.
The story has an episodic structure from which the poetry and drama effortessly unfold, showing the son's growing love and helpless flip-flopping from child to man.The parlor games portentuously hint at the untold subplot. No character is wasted. Each has a distinct purpose for plot development and highlighting the boy's predicament.
Turgenev's incomparable nature depictions have such a clarity of vision that vivid and penetrating images automatically arise in the mind's eye whether he uses them to symbolically presage events or to reflect a character's emotional state. Or, Turgenev can use his visions of the expansive beauty of nature in opposition to the character's emotional condition to distance us from it to show human insignifcance in the face of the vastness of existence.
The pairing of The Diary with First Love is good. Each is a meditation on life, love and death. The juxtaposition of the two love stories, the neurotic dying man, the intelligent, passionate young son, and the powerful, archetypal father stimulate profound thought: How should life be lived--passionately or safely? Why to we cling to life so, no matter how we perceive it? Who decides whose life is superfluous and whose is meaningful? What are the criteria? Is any life meaningful? Does it matter how we have lived if we can discard our regrets and wonder at the paradoxical smallness and greatness of life? Is any significance we attach to life a mere crutch to face life or a crutch to face death? Each rereading of the stories reveals more perspectives and more layers of meaning.

5-0 out of 5 stars Just get it.
You heard me. Read the headline over again, and then do what it says. ... Read more

29. Turgenev's Letters (European thought)
by Ivan Turgenev, A. V. Knowles
Hardcover: 316 Pages (2000-12-01)
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Ivan Turgenev, one of the greatest Russian writers, was the first to achieve real fame outside of his own country. He spent most of his adult life in Western Europe and started to write letters, not just to keep his friends informed of his progress, but 'in order to receive replies'. An entertaining and accomplished correspondent, he rarely objected to publication of his letters, which were written with that possibility in mind. This selection of full letters spans more than fifty years, from 1831 until just before Turgenev's death in September 1883. Turgenev enjoyed conversations by post, debating social and political questions, and issues in literature, art and music. Among his correspondents were major writers of the day (including Flaubert, Zola, Maupassant, Henry James, Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky) as well as friends and relations. Many of the letters reveal his views on contemporary literary and social events in Russia and Europe; others, to his publishers, translators and to aspiring authors, give some of his criteria for a writer. These letters will not provide an answer to the Turgenev enigma, but they do show many sides of this fascinating and mercurial man.The letters are in chronological sections.A biographical framework is provided both by the introductions to these sections and to individual letters, and by the inclusion of letters covering the main events of his life. This selection is an important contribution both to our knowledge and understanding of nineteenth-century Russian and European history and literature. A.V. Knowles is Senior Lecturer in Russian at the University of Liverpool and is the editor of the Tolstoy volume in The Critical Heritage series. ... Read more

30. Essential Turgenev
by Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev
Paperback: 885 Pages (1994-06-22)
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Asin: 0810110857
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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1-0 out of 5 stars The Essential turgenev
WHO is the translator?? WHERE is the list of works included in it?? I was hoping to buy it, but I need this info FIRST.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful writing
Though Turgenev is not as household a name as the other Russian writers (though he certainly should be), you will see here in this wonderful collection, that his language breathes as sure as you do.His descriptions are full of life as are his characters.One mark, at least for me, of a great writer is that his readers are able to remember years later his visual and emotional conveyances.You won't struggle in this regard with Turgenev.

5-0 out of 5 stars russian treasures
excellent russian literature
this book is a treasure for the letters included--particularly those he wrote to tolstoy

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest writers
Everybody should read some Turgenev. He was the man whom made the world outside Russia aware of that the great Russian literature existed. And he has inspired great western authors too, like Guy de Maupassant (whom in histurn inspired Chekhov), Henry James, Ernest Hemingway (whom again alsoadmired Chekhov and Maupassant). By reading Turgenev today, one will findthat his writing still is astonishingly modern and will continue to haveinfluence on new generations of writers. Turgenev was one of the greatestand all of his tales are imbued with his unique feeling for the texture anddignity of all human in life. ... Read more

31. Phantoms, and Other Stories (Short story index reprint series)
by Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev
 Hardcover: 321 Pages (1977-06)
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Isbn: 0836940296
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This is an EXACT reproduction of a book published before 1923. This IS NOT an OCR'd book with strange characters, introduced typographical errors, and jumbled words.This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book. ... Read more

32. The Torrents of Spring, Etc (Short Story Index Reprint Series)
by Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev, Constance Black Garnett
 Hardcover: 405 Pages (1971-06)
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Isbn: 0836938305
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Notes: This is an OCR reprint. There may be numerous typos or missing text. There are no illustrations or indexes.When you buy the General Books edition of this book you get free trial access to Million-Books.com where you can select from more than a million books for free. You can also preview the book there. ... Read more

33. Turgenev: A Reading of his Fiction (Cambridge Studies in Russian Literature)
by Frank Friedeberg Seeley
Hardcover: 394 Pages (1991-05-31)
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Isbn: 052136521X
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Unlike his contemporaries, Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy, Ivan Turgenev (1818-1883) has until recently received less than his fair share of attention from Western scholars. This new, comprehensive examination of Turgenev's fiction begins by outlining the writer's life and sketching his personality. It provides a brief survey of his poetry and plays as the prelude to the fiction and reviews some aspects of his literary criticism in their bearing upon it. The main body of the book is devoted to readings of the individual works - A Sportsman's Sketches, the novels and all the stories. Professor Seeley focuses principally on the complexity and subtlety of Turgenev's portrayal of the psychology of his characters - a hitherto neglected aspect of his art. His approach challenges traditional views still current in the critical literature of both the East and the West. The book has been designed to be accessible not only to Slavists, but also to scholars and students of other literatures. ... Read more

34. Turgenev: The Man, His Art and His Age
by Avrahm Yarmolinsky
 Paperback: 384 Pages (1961)

Asin: B002VS74F8
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"A portrait of the great Russian as a man, a writer, and a controversial figure in Imperial Russia."Of all the great Russian writers, Ivan Turgenev is the most accessible to Western minds. More direct, less complex, than Tolstoy and Dostoevsky, his depiction of the Russian life and temperament is unsurpassed for clarity and compassion. In this definitive work, we see Turgenev as a boy in Central Russia and follow him through years of self-imposed exile in Europe, where he knew the great literary figures of the time: Flaubert, Zola, James, and others.A leading authority on Russian literature, Mr. Yarmolinsky has written a biography that will long remain the standard work on Turgenev. ... Read more

35. Three Famous Plays: A Month in the Country, a Provincial Lady, and a Poor Gentleman
by Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev
 Hardcover: 235 Pages (1977-06)
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Isbn: 0404146198
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36. The Plays of Ivan S. Turgenev.
by Ivan Sergeevich, Turgenev
 Textbook Binding: Pages (1970-01)
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Isbn: 0846214733
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Included: "Carelessness," "Broke," "Where It Is Thin, There It Breaks," "The Family Charge," and "The Bachelor." Translated by M.S. Mandell. Introduction by William Lyon Phelps. ... Read more

37. Tugeniefu zhuan (Wai guo wen hua ming ren zhuan ji) (Mandarin Chinese Edition)
by Naixiu Sun
 Unknown Binding: 272 Pages (1992)

Isbn: 9576830885
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38. Rudin; On the Eve (Oxford World's Classics)
by Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev
Paperback: 336 Pages (1999-05-27)
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Isbn: 0192833332
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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In Rudin (1855) and On The Eve (1859), Turgenev portrays through tales of passionate, problematic love the conflicts of cultural loyalty and national identity at the heart of nineteenth century Russia. Both novels reflect Turgenev's concern with the failings of Russia's educated class, the only class he believed was capable of building a civilized and humane Russia based on the principles of European enlightenment. The only joint edition available, this fluent translation does full justice to Turgenev's delicate and emotional style. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Words, all words. There were no deeds!
Thus complains Rudin, apparently modelled after the Russian anarchist Bakunin whom Turgenev knew personally. Strangely my own reading of the two great Russian anarchists, Bakunin and Kropotkin, it was Bakunin who seemed to be the man of action, Kropotkin who was the great writer.

I took this book with me on a short working trip to Tanzania, a place I had never been to before; knew little of. What greater contrast could there be than Turgenev's Russians and other East Europeans compared to the open, uncomplicated welcome of the Tanzanian people. Rarely have I felt so absorbed and integrated into another society, and so quickly. I enjoy Turgenev's writing and have been reading him for some time now. The struggles he documents - Rudin and Natalya, Insarov and Yelena - are, for me, however, very remote. (Of course, I do realise Tanzanians probably have levels of complexity in their lives that were completely obscure to me in my short visit.)

Take Yelena in 'On the Eve' for example and her admirable love of the Bulgarian Insarov. She draws love from him just as he is trying to leave her, to withdraw from her, because he sees he is so unworthy - an entirely characteristic feeling expressed by many Turgenev characters. Yelena leaves everything behind for Insarov - family, friends, entirely satisfactory suitors, and, most of all, Russia itself. But what does she get? As if to justify Insarov's view (he is a revolutionary just like Rudin in the first of these two stories) Turgenev plunges Insarov into critical illness so that, when he and Yelena leave Yelena's homeland together - having confronted awful partings - Yelena is also leaving behind health and vitality. The price is too great! But, of course, we all do have to make decisions in our lives.

I recommend these stories as well worth reading - they are very rich experiences. On the other hand I can't help but think 'Thank God for the Tanzanians!'

other recommendations:

'Virgin Soil' - Ivan Turgenev
'Fathers and Sons' - Ivan Turgenev
'Under Western Eyes' - Joseph Conrad
'Dark Star Safari' - Paul Theroux (for some travels in Tanzania)

4-0 out of 5 stars 4 stars for 'Rudin,' 5 for OTE
Turgenev is my fourth-favourite writer, though I don't know if I'd have placed him so highly on my list of favourite writers if I'd been introduced to him through his novels (of which he wrote only six) instead of his short stories.His books are as good as his stories, make no mistake, but he's more of an idea novelist than an action novelist.The plots aren't full of unexpected edge-of-your seat twists and turns and suspense; he's not the man to go to if you like your novels full of page-turning excitement and events that happen quickly.His characters seem to be more important than the plots; the characters are the ones who espouse and convey Turgenev's ideas and philosophies.

'Rudin,' the first of the two novels contained in this small volume and Turgenev's first book, I found rather unmemorable.(In fact, I found the debut novel of Hermann Hesse, my next-fave writer, 'Peter Camenzind,' to be more interesting and memorable, and overall PC isn't even one of his most memorable books!)Maybe it's because it was a first novel, though.Not much really happens; there are some nice descriptive pieces, but overall it's just a bunch of characters espousing ideas and explaining why they believe what they believe.I also had a hard time keeping track of which character was which, it was that non-character-driven.

The second of the two books, 'On the Eve,' is brilliant by comparison.It's much more memorable, and much easier to remember which character is which, since they do more than just sit around philosophising.It also gets bonus points from me because the male protagonist is Bulgarian, since I love Bulgaria and Bulgarians.I was surprised that Yelena and Insarov actually managed to get married, given that nearly all of the love stories in Turgenev's writing end sadly, but the end is typically Turgenev.(My third-fave writer, Chekhov, also overwhelmingly has sad or pessimistic endings, but they wouldn't be who they were if their stories had happy endings!)I also like how Turgenev has an epilogue in his books (or in this case, a conclusion which may not be labelled as an epilogue but still serves the same purpose) to let the reader know what has happened to the characters since the main story wrapped up.Instead of just ending when the plot reaches its conclusion, he lets us know what has happened to the characters we've gotten to know and love.

3-0 out of 5 stars Takes a while to get going...
This is a short portrait of bourgeois Russian society just before the Crimean war, mainly, and its loves and hates.

The most memorable character is a young Bulgarian, who moved to Russia as a child, and decides to go back and drive out the Turks. The reader gets something of the feel of the pan-Slavic movement of the time, which drove Europe to one of its major continental wars (which led almost inevitably to WWI and II). The most memorable scenes are in Venice towards the end - I won't give too much of the plot away.

This isn't Turgenev's best work, but is worth a look, if you have enjoyed his other books. ... Read more

39. Ivan Turgenev and Britain (Anglo-Russian Affinities Series)
Hardcover: 320 Pages (1995-03-10)
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Asin: 0854967559
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This volume presents a comprehensive overview of the close and complex relationship between Britain and the life and work of Ivan Turgenev. The author examines Turgenev's interest in English literature and his reception by the British from the 1850s through to the present day. Reprinting important articles previously inaccessible to the general reader, it includes a new introduction and an extensive bibliography and index.
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40. Ivan Turgenev (Twayne's World Authors Series)
by A. V. Knowles
 Hardcover: 144 Pages (1988-11)
list price: US$27.95 -- used & new: US$12.00
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Asin: 0805782419
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