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1916. Turgenieff (Turgenev), novelist, poet, and playwright, known for his detailed descriptions about everyday live in Russia in the 19th century, he portrayed realistically the peasantry and the rising intelligentsia in its attempt to move the country into a new age. Two of Turgenieff's smaller novels, they are reflective of the negative view of Russian society that perv ...more
Hardcover, 378 pages
Published July 1st 2007 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1916)
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William Dearth
Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev is a master of the short story and novella. There is no other Russian writer that I know of who has such a flair for creating and describing landscapes. One could argue that Lermontov is a rival, but unfortunately, his body of work is quite small.

This short summary only refers to King Lear of the Steppes. But, Rudin is excellent as well.

King Lear of the Steppes is pure magic. It is also pure sadness about a far-fetched, yet believable, "mountain of a man" that may remind
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Deanne
Read King Lear of the steppes in a couple of hours, been trying to get this one for a while. Love the classic russians and Turgenev writes beautifully.
A group of diners have a discussion about the characters in Shakespeare plays and people that remind them of these people, Hamlet, Othello and MacBeth. One old man goes on to tell the story of a man who was like King Lear, a short story which seems to flow effortlessly.
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Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev (Cyrillic: Иван Сергеевич Тургенев) was a novelist, poet and dramatist, and now ranks as one of the towering figures of Russian literature. His major works include the short-story collection A Sportsman’s Sketches (1852) and the novels Rudin (1856), Home of the Gentry (1859), On the Eve (1860), and Fathers and Sons (1862). These works offer realistic, affectionate portray ...more
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