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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

11th book of 2022

*Warning... a few minor spoilers, however I tried to be careful.*

"What sort of person am I?... People may tell me that no one even asks that - and I agree. But after all, I'm dying. God alone knows, I'm dying, and in the face of death I really think I can be forgiven for wanting t

Da, prijatno je, prijatno najzad se osloboditi od mučne svesnosti da čovek živi, od nametljivog i nemirnog osećanja da čovek postoji!

Ruski pisci devetnaestog vijeka su u skoro savršenom sistemu prirode detektovali eror i dali mu ime „suvišan čovjek“. Gotovo da nema značajnog autora koji je živio u t

"Superfluo, superfluo... Excelente palabra he inventado. Cuanto más hondo penetro en mi persona, cuanto más atención pongo en el exámen de mi vida pasada, más me convenzo de la estricta verdad de la expresión. A otras personas esta palabra no se aplica. En cuanto a mí... de mí no se puede decir otra

Sabendo que vai morrer dentro em pouco, um homem, jovem, decide contar a sua vida em forma de diário. Acaba por focar-se num infeliz caso de amor que viveu.
O jovem Tchulkatúrin, é um solitário ansioso por criar relações, mas que se auto-sabota constantemente.
A narrativa tem o dramatismo de Dostoié

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 it

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 درگیرکن

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.آر

Дневник лишнего человека = Diary of a Superfluous Man, Ivan Turgenev

The Diary of a Superfluous Man 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 recounts incidents of his life. The story

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