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A Month in the Country

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Natalya Petrovna is bewildered by her emotions when she falls in love with the young tutor engaged to teach her son. When she realizes, however, that she has a rival in her ward, Verochka, she attempts to engineer the girl's marriage to another. Turgenev's tragic comedy is a remarkably acute study of the absurdity of romantic love and one of the great classics of Russian t

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Published June 28th 1998 by Dramatists Play Service
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Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here in February 2001.

One of the most important plays of the nineteenth century, A Month in the Country is a precursor of the work of Chekhov, and brings to the theatre the psychological interests of Turgenev's novels (which also influenced the writers who followed him). Surprisingly, Turgenev had little confidence in the play, and certainly didn't expect it to be staged. He was modest about his writing in general, and meekly accepted the verdict of literary frien
Karen S
Wanted to read it b/c it is the basis for a ballet staged by one of my favorite dancers. Found the variations of Russian names a little confusing (and switching back and forth to my 'cheat sheet' made it feel choppy, not the lyrical feeling of the ballet). One has to believe a lot of the 'givens'--that this person loves that one, for example, because the 'words' didn't convey as much to me as an actual play would have. Glad I read it--more likely to recommend the ballet, tho'.
Turgenev's play - "a Comedy in Five Acts" - lays bare the absurdities of the human condition via a roundelay of unrequited love among the many characters at a Russian estate well outside Moscow in the 1840s. A revival of this play, which Barbara and I saw last night with friends, is currently being staged at our local Classic Stage Co. in the East Village, featuring Peter Dinklage as Rakitin, Taylor Schilling as Natalya, and Anthony Edwards as Arkady. It's in previews and probably still needs so ...more
Mohsen Rajabi
تورگنیف، استاد پیچیدگی موضوعات است و سادگی شخصیت ها. شخصیت هایی که ساده اند اما در برخورد با موقعیت های پیچیده و نامعمول، دست و پا گم می کنند و احساساتی می شوند و البته، در این میان قهرمانی هم هست: کسی که تصمیماتی می گیرد درست اما دشوار. و کدامین تصمیم درست، دشوار نیست؟

داستان های تورگنیف بهترند، اما این نمایشنامه هم خوب بود.
A Month in the Country – it sounds like a holiday, a wistful summer escape, yet there is a darkness and a depth that belies the title. It is a story of love – love unrequited, unexpected, unwanted, unnerving, unraveling, undone – love in all its strange and unexpected weirdness.

It is a play acknowledged widely as one of the first psychological plays – there is little action other than the unfolding of each character’s psyche. It is certainly a precursor of Chekhov and even Ibsen, though it lack
Zajímavé ruské drama plné milostných zvratů, který je ve skutečnosti jeden velký. Ze začátku nic moc, ale pak to nabralo obrátky a líbilo se mi to.
Как верно заметила главная героиня Наталья Петровна: "Сегодня что, день откровений?" Вот такое и все произведение. Все друг в друга перевлюблялись, потом все все рассказали и все в шоке разбежались. Не знаю, что хотел этим рассказать Тургенев, но проза у него как-то лучше пьес выходит. Интересно, что НП всего 29 лет, но тебя не покидает ощущение, что ей сорокет. Как страшно жить! :-)
Everybody falls in love, except with their spouses (well, one woman, at least, is an adultress in thought, if not in deed); the Doctor's a ladies' man, and everyone acts honourably. Funny, but the plot creates tension that doesn't climax, but is relieved prematurely.
Ann Canann
paperback Found in : The Drama of Romanticism and Realism pg. 247
Mar 10, 2008 Marko rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Marko by: Anton

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Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev (Cyrillic: Иван 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 portrayals of the ...more
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