THE BORZOI TURGENEV by Harry-- Ed. Stevens


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My own enthusiasm for Turgenev was engendered years ago when I first read Sportsman's Sketches, of which First Love is included in this collection. Today I still feel that he is at his best in the shorter form. Yarmolinsky's Introduction -- while he reevaluates Turgenev as a novelist, reenforces this impression, of his preeminence in the distillation of the short story. In this collection, the four works of Turgenev himself defined as novels are included:- Smoke, Fathers and Sons, On the Eve, and Rudin. In addition there is a story of frustration, The Diary of a Superfluous Man, and a tale of unrequited love, A Quiet Spot. The range covers some sixteen years of his writings, and reflects the Russian nature and way of life, portraying the peasant, the landowner, the intellectual -- at a point when Russia was in the turmoil of breaking with tradition. Despite Turgenev's evident European sympathies, his works are still accepted in the Soviet, and exert a humanizing effect on Russian readers.

Pub Date: March 13th, 1950
Publisher: Knopf