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When the down-at-heel Princess Zasyekin moves next door to the country estate of Vladimir Petrovich's parents, he instantly and overwhelmingly falls in love with his new neighbour's daughter, Zinaida. But the capricious young woman already has many admirers and as she plays her suitors against each other, Vladimir's unrequited youthful passion soon turns to torment and des ...more
Paperback, 107 pages
Published November 30th 1978 by Penguin Classics (first published 1856)
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Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Those wanting to remember
Recommended to Dolors by: The muses
Shelves: read-in-2017
This short story explores the complexity of love, its raptures and tormenting effects on the heart of an inexperienced young man of sixteen, Vladimir, who spends the summer of 1833 in a cottage nearby the Neskuchni gardens in the outskirts of Moscow.

Who doesn’t remember falling in love for the first time? Trying to put into words the rush of contradictory emotions, the awakening of desire tangled with the insecurities of youth and the loss of the innocence of childhood is like trying to describe
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Alejandro by: Florencia
Not my kind of "love" story.


Ivan Turgenev was the first Russian writer to become popular and successful in Europe, even way way WAY before of Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy,, thanks to that Turgenev left Russia and he was living several years in different countries of Europe, but still, it’s undeniable that due the impact of his novels and short stories, that European and American readers became interested to read other authors from Russia, getting better the chances to Do
‘That’s love,’ I said to myself again, as I sat at night before my writing-table, on which books and papers had begun to make their appearance; ‘that’s passion! . . . To think of not revolting, of bearing a blow from any one whatever . . . even the dearest hand! But it seems one can, if one loves . . . While I . . . I imagined . . . ’ (Garnett's translation.)

‘That’s what love is’, I told myself again, sitting at night in front of my desk on which books and notebooks had begun to appear. ‘That’s
Steven Godin
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Turgenev's novella First Love is one of the most resonant books on young love I have had the pleasure of reading. It is not only a simple but very effective tale on fluttering adolescent hearts, but also a gesture of artistic defiance of an age which demanded a writer to lift the nation. His passionate writing with much pathos, insight and self-awareness shows his talent at it's best when renouncing all the fancy stuff and just describing exactly what love does to one who is new to the most irre ...more

قصة مأساوية - وصف تورجنيف لصبي يبلغ من العمر ستة عشر عاما يقع في الحب لأول مرة
الصراع الأساسي في الرواية.

لم يكن بين المحب ومحبوبته بل بين المحب وأبيه
فالولد أحب فتاة تكبره في السن بخمس سنوات بينما هي أحبت أبيه و أحبها
مأساة سوداوية في قصة قصيرة عبقرية من كاتب متميز جدا
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015

Oh, sweet emotions, gentle harmony, goodness and peace of the softened heart, melting bliss of the first raptures of love, where are they, where are they?

Vladimir Petrovich, "a man of forty, with black hair turning gray." sits on an evening, after a good meal, with a couple of old friends, sipping the port and drawing on a good cigar. They challenge each other to tell the stories of their first time falling in love. It's a common framing device now, this looking back at the folly of youth with
Jul 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bitchin
Recently I have found myself drawn to novels about looking back to the past, about nostalgia and youth. I guess it is a sign that I am getting older or perhaps it is a consequence of the tough time I have been having in my personal life, where, without going into too many details, death has been on the agenda quite a lot. I find myself currently feeling highly emotional, over sensitive, and sentimental. Just yesterday, in fact, I was flicking through Alain-Fournier’s beautiful French novel Le Gr ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
Первая любовь (Pervaya ljubov) = First Love, Ivan Turgenev
First Love (Russian: Первая любовь, Pervaya ljubov) is a novella by Ivan Turgenev, first published in 1860. It is one of his most popular pieces of short fiction. It tells the love story between a 21-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy.
عنوانها: نخستین عشق؛ عشق اول؛ نویسنده: ایوان تورگنیف؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: سال 2002 میلادی
عنوان: نخستین عشق؛ ایوان تورگنیف؛ مترجم: محمدهادی شفیعیها؛ تهران، کتابهای جیبی، چاپ دوم 1343؛ در 159 ص؛ چاپ دیگر: ته
Andrei Tamaş
Mar 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretextul literar al romanului este deja bine întipărit în conştiinţa colectivă a cititorului: după o petrecere copioasă, la ora 12 noaptea, mai rămân trei "drojdieri" şi propun să-şi istorisească fiecare povestea primei iubiri. Primii doi o relatează succint. Pentru unul prima lui iubire e actuală lui soţie, iar pentru celălalt, fusese doica lui. Această prima scenă -prologul- constituie cadrul viitoarei povestiri. Vladimir Petrovici are o poveste de iubire "mai altfel", dar simte că nu o poate ...more
I like Turgenev's style. It's softer, more subtle than some of his fellow 19th century Russian writers. He doesn't beat you over the head with a message. This story, as it's title suggests, is about the first love of 16 year old Vladimir, the son of a wealthy Russian family, who falls in love with the 21 year old daughter of their new neighbors. She is a princess, her family with a noble name but without wealth. She leads Vladimir along, and several other young suitors besides, but she's in love ...more
Rahaf Potrosh
Sep 24, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
لم تعجبني ابدا والحمد لله انها لم تكن أطول، وصف تراجيدي مأساوي مطول لقصة المفروض انها قصة حب ووصف مكرر و زائد عن الحد "لفتاة لعوب" لم أجد فيها صدقا اي شيء يمكن أن يعشق وما حصل كان طبيعي جداً اما الغير طبيعي هو أن فتى بالسادس عشرة يمكن أن تمر في ذهنه كل تلك الخواطر والمشاعر وكأنه رجل في الأربعين
القصة قاتمة ومبالغ فيها ولم تكملها إلا لتوهمي لإمكانية حدوث "مفاجأة #ما فينهاية القصة ولكن مع الأسف لم يحصل 😒😔
Feb 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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--First Love
Shivam Chaturvedi
Oct 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Que suis-je pour elle?
When you're young you think you're the Romeo of every story, but sometimes it turns out you're barely Paris. Turgenev's novella captures not only the ecstatic shamelessness of first love, but the fogginess of being young in general - that feeling of not understanding the action you're taking part in. 16-year-old Vladimir believes he's competing with other suitors for the affection of his beautiful 21-year-old neighbor Zinaida. Turgenev slowly unveils the real affair.

This was my first Turgenev;
K.D. Absolutely
"I? Believe me, Zinaida Alexandrovna, whatever you did, however you tormented me, I should love and adore you to the end of my days."

This novella is about a 16-y/o Russian boy, Vladimir Petrovich of a rich family falling in love for the first time. The object of his affection is a 21-y/o princess, Zinaida Alexandrovna who has just moved to Vladimir's neighborhood. Zinaida's family used to be rich but her father squandered everything because of his vices. Zinaida is beautiful so she has many su
Le jeune amour est toujours déchirant.
Ivana Books Are Magic
First love. I’ve been rethinking this title today, wondering does it perhaps apply as much as to the father of our protagonist as much to his love interest. The protagonist of this novel, young Vladimir, quietly adores his father, but is estranged from his (abusive) mother. Our parents are, without a doubt, the first objects of our affection. For a child, his or her parents are the centre of the world. The first women Vladimir falls in love with is a bit older than himself, but is completely una ...more
Sep 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What is love?

Does anyone know?

Is it manifest only between lovers?

How about one's love for his/her child? Is it different or better or worse than the adult love between previously unknowns?

Or define the difference between the love you have for your mother or your father?

Your sisters, your brothers.

When you say you love your aunt/uncle, is the word accurate?

What is the distance between love and like? Between love and hate?

Your first love, was it really love? Or, if we are honest, was it infatuati
Oh, I do like how Turgenev writes. He gets to the core of characters. You understand who they are, why each one acts as they do. He also has great ability to draw a place so it comes alive and you see it , feel it and almost smell it. Like a park at night....... and what Vladimir discovered that night!

Back track: this is about a sixteen year-old's first love. (Do you recall yours?!) He falls head over heels for a self-centered, manipulative, pretty girl. She knows she is pretty and she has her o
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: russi
"Che cosa potevo dirle? Stava davanti a me e mi guardava, e io le appartenevo tutto, dalla testa ai piedi, quando lei mi guardava..."

Primo amore come turbamento, palpito, sconvolgimento, ma anche come tormento, dolore, rimpianto, tradimento.
Breve e intenso.
Mar 27, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: n-russia, 3e
"Que resultou de tudo isso... de tudo o que eu esperava? E agora, quando as sombras da noite começam a fechar-se sobre a minha vida, que me resta que seja mais puro, mais querido, que as recordações dessa breve tempestade, que chegou e partiu tão rapidamente, numa manhã de Primavera?"

(Ilustração de Anna e Elena Balbusso)
Mark André
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sensitive. Romantic. Sincere.
Imaginative story. Cleverly told.
A must for anyone who likes to read.
kebetulan, saat buku ini baru kubaca setengahnya, aku mendengarkan sebuah presentasi mengenai gender di kelas.

kelompok ini mempresentasikan buku yang diangkat dari tesis dosen mata kuliah ini juga. Buku ini berisi analisis sebuah drama karya Arifin C. Noer yang berjudul Drama Mega-mega (ugh, ingatanku begitu buruk). Drama tersebut bercerita tentang seorang perempuan bernama Mae yang menjadi ibu bagi gelandangan-gelandangan di sekitarnya. Mae sendiri merupakan janda yang telah menikah dan ditingg
Mohammad Ali
برای امثال من این جور داستان های رومانتیک جذابیتی ندارن - به درد همون دوران رومانتیسم می خورن که دخترا از حیث فرهنگی عقب مانده [/نگه داشته شده ] بودن و اسکل بودن یا شرارتشون می شد منشأ لذت شعرا و نویسندگان؛ اونم دائم در بحبوحه ی جشن ها و بزم های اشرافی. "عشق اول" که آبکی ترینشون بود. "آسیا" - تورگنیف - و "دلاور خردسال" - داستایفسکی - باز بهتر بودن. اما باز هم چیزی نبودن که دل منو ببرن یا ذهنمو مشغول کنم

هم تورگنیف و هم داستایفسکی در حواشی داستان هاشون از برخی اشارات فراداستانی پرهیز نکردن. در "آس
Nhi Nguyễn
Mình không thích nhân vật nữ chính trong tác phẩm này lắm, vì mình không hiểu được tính cách cũng như những suy nghĩ thực sự của cô ấy. Không biết có ấy có yêu nam chính thực lòng như cái cách nam chính yêu cô ấy không, hay cô ấy cũng chỉ đang đùa giỡn với nam chính như đùa giỡn với những người đàn ông khác vây xung quanh cô. Chưa kể đối tượng bí mật mà nữ chính đang âm thầm say mê nữa... Có lẽ mình đã thích câu chuyện này hơn nếu bác Ivan Turgenev không tung ra một cú twist "cẩu huyết" như thế. ...more
Dec 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: russian, fiction-read
I felt so much nostalgia while reading this.
Negar Khalili
چطور؟؟ چطور؟؟ واقعا چه طور این نویسندگان روس می تونن چنین شخصیت هایی بپردازن؟؟
واقعا توان شخصیت پردازی این ادبیات عجیب و نفس گیره...
واقعا عالیه کتابهای ادبیات روس در زمینه شخصیت پردازی عااالی ان
Dec 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Hijo mío -me escribía-, teme el amor de una mujer, teme esa dicha, ese veneno..."

A primera vista, el argumento de Primer Amor no parece demasiado original: Vladimir Petrovich, en medio de una reunión con viejos amigos, decide evocar el recuerdo de su trágico primer enamoramiento adolescente, que por supuesto simboliza su transformación de niño ingenuo y despreocupado en adulto. Una historia vista muchas veces. Lo que sigue es realmente maravilloso. Turgenev es un maestro para crear personajes

এক কথায়, অপূরব। নাম-ধাম দেখে নযাকা পরেমের গলপ মনে হতে পারে, পড়া শুরু করে মনে হতে পারে এত পযানপযানানি কেন? কিনতু একটু ধৈরযয ধরলে মেওয়া ফলে। যেই গলপ শুরু হয়েছিল হালকা চটুল মেজাজে - জারের আমলে বনেদী রুশ পরিবারের গরীষমের ছুটি কাটানোর কাহিনী তো আর নতুন নয়, টিনেজ করাশের ফরমুলাও সাহিতযে ঢের পুরাতন - সেই গলপই ধীরে ধীরে মোড় নেয়, শেষে আশচরযরকম বিয়োগানতক হয়ে ওঠে। এক ধরনের tragic grandeur আচছনন করে রাখে গলপের সমাপতিকে।

উনিশ শতকের মধযভাগের রুশ মহারথীদের মধযে তলসতয় আর দসতয়েভসকির পরেই সথান দেয়া হয় তুরগেনেভ-কে।
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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 th
“O youth! youth! you go your way heedless, uncaring – as if you owned all the treasures of the world; even grief elates you, even sorrow sits well upon your brow. You are self-confident and insolent and you say, 'I alone am alive – behold!' even while your own days fly past and vanish without trace and without number, and everything within you melts away like wax in the sun .. like snow .. and perhaps the whole secret of your enchantment lies not, indeed, in your power to do whatever you may will, but in your power to think that there is nothing you will not do: it is this that you scatter to the winds – gifts which you could never have used to any other purpose. Each of us feels most deeply convinced that he has been too prodigal of his gifts – that he has a right to cry, 'Oh, what could I not have done, if only I had not wasted my time.” 68 likes
“I burnt as in a fire in her presence ... but what did I care to know what the fire was in which I burned and melted--it was enough that it was sweet to burn and melt.” 30 likes
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