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Dream Tales and Prose Poems

Ivan Turgenev

Book Overview: 

Collections of tales and poems

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. . .dea of the kind, and you are not intending anything dishonourable to us, but on the contrary, wish to show us respect, you'd better talk a bit with my other daughter. She'll tell you everything better than I can…. Annotchka! called Madame Milovidov, 'Annotchka, come here! Here is a worthy gentleman from Moscow wants to have a talk about Katia!'

There was a sound of something moving in the next room; but no one appeared. 'Annotchka!' the widow called again, 'Anna Semyonovna! come here, I tell you!'

The door softly opened, and in the doorway appeared a girl no longer very young, looking ill—and plain—but with very soft and mournful eyes. Aratov got up from his seat to meet her, and introduced himself, mentioning his friend Kupfer. 'Ah! Fyodor Fedoritch?' the girl articulated softly, and softly she sank into a chair.

'Now, then, you must talk to the gentleman,' said Madam Milovidov, getting . . . Read More

Community Reviews

This is the book that opened my eyes to great writing. After this I devoured all the great Russian authors, then Dickens then .....more

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The Dream
رو از این کتاب خوندم و باید بگم که بیشتر از سایر داستان کوتاههای تورگنیف دوست داشتم. این داستان هرچند عناصری از خیال و رؤیا رو در خودش داره (هرچی نباشه اسمش هم همینه) اما به شکلی غیرواقعی روایت نمیشه و درونیات شخصیت اصلی در همین چند صفحه اندک داستان به خوبی نشون داده می...more

" Love, I thought, is stronger than death or the fear of death. Only by it, by love, life holds together and advances. "
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Three stars for the prose poems.
The dream tales were too Romantic for me, not typical Turgenev.