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A Lear of Steppes

Ivan Turgenev

Book Overview: 

This book contains three novellas by one of the major writers of Russian literature. The first, A LEAR OF THE STEPPES, is a brilliant re-imagining of Shakespeare’s play King Lear, wherein a larger-than-life father makes a life-altering decision with consequences unforeseen by him. FAUST begins at Section 11. In a series of letters to a friend the writer recounts his chance meeting with a married woman whom he had known years earlier when both were single and committed to each other. The ensuing events are vividly revealed in the letters. Section 19 introduces ACIA, the final “ETC.” of the book’s title. Turgenev poignantly portrays the twists and turns of human emotions in this moving psychological portrait of two people who fall in love. Leo Tolstoy believed Acia to be one of Turgenev's greatest stories.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .What are you saying?’ my mother interrupted him.

‘A vision in my dreams,’ he repeated—‘I’m a seer of visions, you know!’


‘I. Didn’t you know it?’ Harlov sighed. ‘Well, so.… Over a week ago, madam, I lay down, on the very last day of eating meat before St. Peter’s fast-day; I lay down after dinner to rest a bit, well, and so I fell asleep, and dreamed a raven colt ran into the room to me. And this colt began sporting about and grinning. Black as a beetle was the raven colt.’ Harlov ceased.

‘Well?’ said my mother.


‘And all of a sudden this same colt turns round, and gives me a kick in the left elbow, right in the funny bone.… I waked up; my arm would not move nor my leg either. Well, thinks I, it’s paralysis; however, I worked them up and down, and got them to move again; only th. . . Read More

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Bozkırda Bir Kral Lear'ı, Kırmızı Kedi'den okudum. Bu baskıda Turgenyev'in aynı isimli ve Asya isimli iki öyküsüne yer verilmiş. İki öykü de Rus klasikleri okuyanların aşina olacakları cinsten diyebilirim.

Bozkırda Bir Kral Lear, isminden de anlaşılabileceği üzere Shakespeare'in Kral Lear'ının Rus...more


*Read for class.

I actually enjoyed it, seeing the parallels with Shakespeare's King Lear (duh, the title gives it away). But still, I was a little bit surprised by the ending and a bit sad. But I'm glad I've read it. I hope we get to discuss it in class, at least a little bit.

Bu kitaptan öğrendiğim iki şey var. İlki ölmeden malını mülkünü kimseye verme. İkincisi ise Lanner <3

Although the writing is quite beautiful and the story is a good one (the title tells you exactly what to expect)... I just never connected well with any of the characters. Nothing about the story surprised me, and I wasn't sad when the book was finished. I think I will have forgotten it by the ti...more

I'm on a King Lear kick right now, so read this late in his career novella by Turgenev. Yes, "loosely based" - for example, only 2 daughters. Lots of 19th C performances of the play did not have the whole family dead at the end, so that works here as well - only some of them die.

What is most dis...more

“Una sera d’inverno eravamo riuniti in sei presso un vecchio amico, compagno d’università, e parlavamo di Shakespeare e delle sue meravigliose creazioni, di quei suoi personaggi poderosi che rappresentano così mirabilmente la natura umana, così pieni di verità e di freschezza, che ciascuno di noi...more

Дуже сильно сподобалась ця повість Тургенева.
В якій присутні всі характеристики доброї російської повісті.
А саме: занудність, дворяни, хтось помішаний на своєму походженні, хтось захворіє, когось одружують, хтось помирає. Якщо щось пропустив, то добавте.
А ще це неперевершений приклад, чому не с...more

İngiliz yazar William Shakespeare'ın "Kral Lear" isimli trajedisinin rus edebiyatındaki karşılığı sayılabilir. Her iki öyküde de çocuklarının babalarını düşürdükleri güç durum anlatılmaktadır. Kızlarına güvenen babaların, ve bu güveni boşa çıkaran kızların hikayesidir. Hikayenin başkahramanı mart...more

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