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The Diary of a Superfluous Man

Ivan Turgenev

Book Overview: 

Turgenev’s shy hero, Tchulkaturin, is a representative example of a Russian archetype – the “superfluous man”, a sort of Hamlet not necessarily dignified with the title Prince: an individual of comfortable means leading a dreary existence, without purpose and led on by events which may, as in this story, engulf him. The novella takes the form of a diary started by Tchulkaturin in the shock of being diagnosed as having a terminal illness. The journal entries cover a period of two weeks, leading to his death. Tchulkaturin quickly homes in on the only significant event in his life – an unreciprocated falling-in-love leading haphazardly to a non-fatal duel that leaves him desolated and fully conscious of the futility of his inactive existence.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I have a little matter to talk to you about.'

Two country gentlemen, of the most persistent, who were obstinately pursuing the prince, probably imagined the 'little matter' to relate to official business, and respectfully fell back. The prince took my arm and led me apart. My heart was thumping at my ribs.

'You, I believe,' he began, emphasising the word you, and looking at my chin with a contemptuous expression, which, strange to say, was supremely becoming to his fresh and handsome face, 'you said something abusive to me?'

'I said what I thought,' I replied, raising my voice.

'Sh … quietly,' he observed; 'decent people don't bawl. You would like, perhaps, to fight me?'

'That's your affair,' I answered, drawing myself up.

'I shall be obliged to challenge you,' he remarked carelessly, 'if you don't withdraw your expressions….'<. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Gosh! I keep reading depressing books about failures.

"I'm dying, and at the point of death I really think one may be excused a desire to find out what sort of queer fish one really was after all."

"But I ... there's nothing else one can say about me; I'm superfluous and nothing more."

"I remember I...more

Μια νουβέλα για τους ανθρώπους που αποδείχθηκαν αδύναμοι και άβουλοι όταν έπρεπε να υπερασπιστούν τις επιθυμίες τους στο πέρασμα της ζωής τους.

I decided to read everything that Turgenev has ever written. I don't remember exactly when I came to this decision, but so far it has proved like a fantastic idea. I reckon that by the end of this year, I'll be able to see this little reading project of mine through. I'm really looking forward to...more

تورگنف نابغه ست. مثل تولستوی مثل داستایوفسکی مثل شولوخف و ... به این فکر میکردم (میکردیم) که چرا در ایران ادبیات مثل خیلی موارد دیگه عقب مونده ست؟ بله ما شاعر و شعر عالی داریم و این شاید به آهنگین بودنه زبان فارسی ربط داشته باشه اما جدا تو کل دنیا به چه چیز دیگه مون میتونیم افتخار کنیم؟ به قول یک...more

آدم زیادی، یا به تعبیر درست تر «خاطرات روزانه یک آدم زیادی» دقیقا معادل «یادداشت زیرزمینی» داستایوفسکی است. هر دو در یک برهه نوشته شده (داستایوفکی و تورگینف با دو سه سال اختلاف، با هم بدنیا آمده و با هم مرده اند) و هر دو به یک موضوع میپردازند: برسمیت شناخته شدن

از نظر من مهمترین ویژگی رمانهای روس،...more

به نظرم یه داستان تیپیکال روسی اومد
دختر دم بخت خوشگل و عشاق فراوان از نوع واقعی و دروغین و شکست عشقی و مهمونی و والدین دختر در جست و جوی داماد و پسر بیچاره ی شکست عشقی خورده و ... خیلی اسپویلر شد!شرمنده

و داستان روس برای من حتی در بدترین شرایطش ارزش خوندن داره :دی

نه خیلی حوصله سر بر و نه خیلی درگی...more

آیا عشق یک احساس طبیعی است؟
آیا دوس داشتن جزء طبیعت انسان است؟
عشق یک بیماری است و بیماری ها هیچ نظم و ترتیبی ندارند
بنابراین به نظر من بجا بود که گاه قلبم به طرز ناگواری فشرده شود

کتاب در مورد آخرین روزهای مردی در حال نزاع است که بزرگترین ماجرای زندگی اش را درآخرین روزهای عمرش می نویسد
من خواهم مرد.آ...more

Дневник лишнего человека = Diary of a Superfluous Man, Ivan Turgenev
The Diary of a Superfluous Man (Russian: «Дневник лишнего человека») is an 1850 novella by the Russian author Ivan Turgenev. It is written in the first person in the form of a diary by a man who has a few days left to live as he...more

Kendini lüzumsuz görmesinin nedeni sadece bir aşk acısı olan bir kahramanın pek de ilginç olmayan öyküsü. Yer yer güzel tasvirler olsa da, hikaye genel olarak sıkıcı. Aradaki güzel parlamalar dışında fikirler de ahım şahım değil. Varlığı, kendini ve hayattaki yerini sorgulamayı ve bu sorgulama so...more

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