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In this powerful and brutal short story, Leskov demonstrates the enduring truth of the Shakespearean archetype joltingly displaced to the heartland of Russia. Chastened and stifled by her marriage of convenience to a man twice her age, the young Katerina Lvovna goes yawning about the house, missing the barefoot freedom of her childhood, until she meets the feckless steward ...more
Paperback, 88 pages
Published November 1st 2003 by Hesperus Press (first published 1864)
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Celeste Corrêa

Estando quase certa que sobre a temática do adultério nada mais me surpreenderia, eis que aparece um escritor russo, Nikolai Leskov, com este livro de 90 páginas chamado “ Lady Macbeth de Mtsensk”.

Tal como Luísa de Eça, também katerina sofre de um imensurável tédio, é casada com um homem mais velho que se ausenta em trabalho e não tem filhos. Arranja um amante.

As semelhanças entre Luísa e Katerina terminam aqui.

Totalmente apaixonada, Katerina não olha a meios para atingir os fins:

«Como nós nos d
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Mark
Feb 18, 2013 Mark rated it really liked it
Recommended to Mark by: The beauty of Hesperus Press
Another beautiful book from the Hesperus Press. I so wax lyrical about the beauty of these editions I almost feel i should be earning commission but seriously, they are lovely. They are a press which focuses on making accessible, either through new translations or simply a new edition, what they state are 'unjustly neglected' or simply little known works by otherwise well-known authors. They are always small works, in this case the story itself is only 58 pages long, and this one is written by a ...more
Zulfiya
Mar 25, 2011 Zulfiya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Сильная и страстная женская натура, восприимчивая к голосу не разума, а своей женской сути. Загадочная и сильная внутренне и внешне.
Катерина, конечно, персонаж морально уродливый, но привлекательный своей силой страсти и женской похоти. Страшно такую встретить, но и пропустить и не увидель столь сильную личность было бы непростительно.
Я думаю, что Лесков заслуживает нелестные отзывы, описывающие его как писателя - пан-славяниста, но его чуткость в восприятии женской страсти, природы, красоты е
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Joseph Costello
Sep 06, 2016 Joseph Costello rated it it was amazing
Nasty, brutish and short. I liked it a lot.
Gloria Mundi
Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk is a short novella set in Russian province in the second half of 19th century. The subject matter is pretty powerful: passion, adultery, murder and betrayal. Yet, for all that, the book is very unsentimental and true to life. It is full of dark humour and the characters are very real and believable. It is a shame that it does not seem particularly well-known in the West, for it is, in my opinion, one of the best works in Russian literature.
Sophie
Full of passion, jealousy and obsession, this short story is highly interesting and enjoyable. Leskov's description of the emotional and moral dilemma, as well as the erotic frenzy, of the heroine is exceptional and realistic.
Noah Cicero
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Czarny Pies
Mar 13, 2015 Czarny Pies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who wishes to expand their knowledge of 19th century Russian literature.
Recommended to Czarny by: I read it prior to attendign a performance of the opera.
This is a wonderful collection of four stories about the little people of Russia (serfs, manual labourers, monks, etc.) in the middle of the nineteenth century. The characters are at least two levels down in the social hierarchy from the Great Nobles portrayed by Tolstoy and at least one level down from the lower nobility and bourgeois who appear in Dostoyevsky's works. Thus it affords a great way for the reader to round out the picture of nineteenth century society by Russia's two most famous w ...more
Erwin Maack
Sep 29, 2012 Erwin Maack rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Nesses sons infernais, que dilaceram a alma e completam o horror do quadro, ecoam os conselhos da mulher do Jó bíblico: 'Amaldiçoa o dia do teu nascimento e morre'.
Aquele que não quer dar ouvidos a semelhantes palavras, que não acalenta a ideia da morte nem mesmo nessa situação deplorável, mas a teme, esse precisa tentar abafar suas vozes ululantes com algo ainda mais horrendo que elas. Isso o homem simples compreende perfeitamente: então ele dá asas a toda sua simplicidade animal, começa a fa
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Jochen
Jan 20, 2014 Jochen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eine von ihrem Mann gelangweilte, junge Ehefrau hat eine Affäre mit einem Knecht, was eine Reihe von Morden nach sich zieht. Das ist so ungewöhnlich grausam, und dabei so locker erzählt, die Figuren sprechen ein sehr blumiges, volkssprachliches Russisch, fast wie im Märchen. Die mörderische Konsequenz des Wunschs, etwas vom Leben zu haben. Die Erzählung gleitet völlig ab in Haß und Gewalt, großartig.
Liina Bachmann
Jul 15, 2016 Liina Bachmann rated it it was amazing
Shelves: russian, 2016, favorites
Perfectly tragic little novella. Right up there with Bunin and Turgenev, though not as descriptive. Recommended.
Berseri
Jun 30, 2014 Berseri rated it it was amazing
Wow, that was dramatic. Katerina can serve as an archetype for Russian women being ready to do anything for the sake of love.
Guillermo Macbeth
A very well written book. Leskov wrote a Russian version of Shakespeare’s Macbeth adapted to the XIX century. The future King is replaced by a businessman. Lady Macbeth is a kind of bored punky wife. Ghosts are replaced by spooky cats. Instead of power or money, this woman seeks for a lover. The Shakespearean Scottish plot becomes a German Sturm und Drang plot. I do not like that at all. Who changes power for romance? Not Romeo and Juliet, which is rather a tragedy, a story of fate against freed ...more
Mark
Apr 19, 2011 Mark rated it really liked it
Shelves: novels, stories
I can only imagine I didn't love this more because of the translation. I should really learn Russian---there's this stilted quality to Russian fiction in translation that really stops me from getting too into it.

This also, I realize, isn't quite my type of story---at least not at this point in my life. Still, it was excellent, I can say objectively; sophisticated, perfectly-crafted, & DEEP. I could write about the story at great, great length, and not plumb it's depths through. (...though, o
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Abdalla Mouzoun
Jan 12, 2014 Abdalla Mouzoun rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
أولا هذه أول تجربة لي مع الأدب الروسي
ولقد أحببته بالفعل فنيقولاي ليسكوف إستطاع أن يدخلني إلى روسيا بطقسها البارد والهدوء المخيم عليها أما بانسبة للرواية فلقد كنت أشفق على "كاترنا لفوفنا مسينك" لأنها لاتجد مؤنسا لها في منزل إسماعيليوف زوجها اللذي كان يغيب أياما بسب عمله في المطحنة وسررت عندما اصبحت تجمعها علاقة حميمية مع حارس المنزل الوسيم سيرغي رغم حزني على زوجها... ولكن حين قتلت حماها بالسم بعد أن كشف أمرها أصابني الذهول فكيف لإمرأة جميلة رقيقة كا كاترينا ان تقتل... هكذا بدم بارد ثم من بعد قتل
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Marc Gerstein
May 23, 2016 Marc Gerstein rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics
Leskov didn’t invent the bored-housewives-gone-wild genre (Madame Bovary was published earlier.) Nor did he have the last word; Anna Karenina came later. But when it comes to in-your-face treatment, Leskov stands alone. Heck, I’d even put Katerina Lvovna, the so-called Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, ahead of the original Lady Macbeth. I could even see Karerina and Alexandra Forrest (the Glen Close character from “Fatal Attraction”) becoming BFFs; they’d get each other.

The first sentence of this novell
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Arina
Nov 04, 2011 Arina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Интересное замечание:

"Сонетка имела вкус, блюла выбор и даже, может быть, очень строгий выбор; она хотела, чтобы страсть приносили ей не в виде сыроежки, а под пикантною, пряною приправою, с страданиями и с жертвами; а Фиона была русская простота, которой даже лень сказать кому-нибудь: «прочь поди» и которая знает только одно, что она баба. Такие женщины очень высоко ценятся в разбойничьих шайках, арестантских партиях и петербургских социально-демократических коммунах." - Лесков, Леди Макбет Мце
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diana
May 10, 2016 diana rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, l-rusa

Katerina Lvovna, however, was by now offended by nothing....

Sublime y hermoso, por decirlo de algún modo. Es exactamente lo que hubiera escrito Roberto Arlt de haber nacido en Rusia al final del zarismo. Le falta el lunfardo, por supuesto... pero tiene el látigo y la traición, los sujetos gorkianos, etc. Toda la marcha de los prisioneros al Volga me impresionó como arrabalera. Definitivamente voy a leer más de este autor.
Laura
From BBC Radio 4 - Afternoon Drama:
This new dramatization by Marty Ross of the classic 1865 novella by Nikolai Leskov tells the dramatic story of Katerina, whose provincial life in 19th century Russia, married to an older man she has never loved, is transformed by the arrival of attractive philanderer, Sergei.
Simge Perçin
Aug 15, 2014 Simge Perçin rated it really liked it
Okurken Game Of Thrones'da Jaime'nin ettiği "The Things I Do For Love" lafı geldi hep aklıma. Tam bir aşk da değil aslında ama sahip olma duygusunun vahşete doğru evrilen hikayesi etkileyici. Leskov'un anlatımı da Rus edebiyatına göre daha bir çıtır çerez, kısa ve şok etme amaçlı öyküleri var. Okunacak Ruslar rafına kaldırdım kendisini.
Namrirru
Jul 12, 2007 Namrirru rated it really liked it
Shelves: russian
I'm not fond of the translation. It makes the text a bit dry, but the stories are excellent.

It is truly a Russian writer who shows his respect and love for women by smacking them around, giving them the worst lives and the worst luck.
James McNulty
Jul 03, 2013 James McNulty rated it really liked it
Even though it was written in the desolate tundra we call Russia of the 1800s, "Lady MacBeth of Mtsensk" is full of steamy romance and murder conspiracies that would fit well with more modern dramas. Another fun read.
Anastasia
Feb 07, 2015 Anastasia rated it it was ok
Shelves: russian, audio-books
История страсти, убийств и предательства, написанная удивительным языком. Густым, посконным, таким, какой только у Лескова.
Inessa
Jan 20, 2013 Inessa rated it it was ok
i can see how/why theatrical performances are based on this book...for some reason to me it had a feel of libretto.
Orcun
Sep 19, 2013 Orcun rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
İlk yarısı tüyler ürperten, ikinci yarısı yürek burkan küçük bir başyapıt. Anlatının tutumluluğu üstüne yazınsal bir ders.
Toby Reiner
My copy didn't come with any other stories in it, just the main one. It's an enjoyable read.
Aditi
Nov 06, 2014 Aditi rated it really liked it
Infinitely haunting. Very much looking forward to hearing Shostakovich's opera now.
Vanya Grivova
Aug 02, 2016 Vanya Grivova rated it really liked it
This book was unexpectedly good and violent.
Anirban Nanda
A very natural and fresh writing that deals with typical Russian tragedy uniquely.
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Nikolai Semyonovich Leskov (Russian: Николай Семёнович Лесков; 16 February 1831 — 5 March 1895) was a Russian novelist, short story writer, playwright, and journalist who also wrote under the pseudonym M. Stebnitsky. Praised for his unique writing s
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“Now and again in these parts you come across people so remarkable that, no matter how much time has passed since you met them, it is impossible to recall them without your heart trembling.” 9 likes
“Katerina Lvovna lived a boring life in the rich house of her father-in-law during the five years of marriage to her unaffectionate husband; but, as often happens, no one paid the slightest attention to this boredom of hers.” 6 likes
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