Ivan Turgenev


Born
in Oryol, Oryol Governorate, Russian Empire
November 09, 1818

Died
September 03, 1883

Genre

Influences


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 Russian peasantry and penetrating studies of the Russian intelligentsia who were attempting to move the country into a new age. His masterpiece, Fathers and Sons, is considered one of the greatest novels of the nineteenth century.
Turgenev was a contemporary with Fyodor Dostoevsky and Leo Tolstoy. While these wrote about church and religion, Turg
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Fathers and Sons

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Mumu

3.73 avg rating — 7,416 ratings — published 1852 — 53 editions
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Sketches from a Hunter's Album

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First Love

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3.79 avg rating — 7,865 ratings — published 1856 — 271 editions
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Spring Torrents

3.93 avg rating — 3,165 ratings — published 1872 — 183 editions
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Home of the Gentry

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On the Eve

3.82 avg rating — 2,533 ratings — published 1860 — 158 editions
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Rudin

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3.82 avg rating — 1,668 ratings — published 1877 — 140 editions
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Asya

3.97 avg rating — 1,662 ratings — published 1858 — 47 editions
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More books by Ivan Turgenev…
“If we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything is ready, we shall never begin.”
Ivan Turgenev

“We sit in the mud, my friend, and reach for the stars.”
Ivan Turgenev, Fathers and Sons

“Nothing is worse and more hurtful than a happiness that comes too late. It can give no pleasure, yet it deprives you of that most precious of rights - the right to swear and curse at your fate!”
Ivan S. Turgenev, Rudin

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The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot 1860, 579 pages
 
  103 votes, 30.3%

Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev 1862, 244 pages
 
  81 votes, 23.8%

Hunger by Knut Hamsun 1890, 134 pages
 
  64 votes, 18.8%

 
  61 votes, 17.9%

The Golden Ass by Apuleius 158 AD, 256 pages
 
  31 votes, 9.1%

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