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Ivan Turgenev

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Rudin is the first and perhaps least known novel by Ivan Turgenev, a famous Russian writer best known for his short stories and the novel Fathers and Sons. The story focuses on a romantic involvement between Rudin and Natalya, a serious, intelligent young woman. The topic of the “superfluous man” and his inability to act, which was a major theme of Turgenev's literary work, is explored.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .How did you do that?'

Pigasov's eyes sparkled.

'I poked her in the side with an aspen stake, from behind. She did shriek, and I said to her, "Bravo, bravo! that's the voice of nature, that was a genuine shriek! Always do like that for the future!"'

Every one in the room laughed.

'What nonsense you talk, African Semenitch,' cried Darya Mihailovna. 'Am I to believe that you would poke a girl in the side with a stake!'

'Yes, indeed, with a stake, a very big stake, like those that are used in the defence of a fort.'

'Mais c'est un horreur ce que vous dites la, Monsieur,' cried Mlle. Boncourt, looking angrily at the boys, who were in fits of laughter.

'Oh, you mustn't believe him,' said Darya Mihailovna. 'Don't you know him?'

But the offended French lady could not be pacified for a long while, and kept muttering something to herself.

'You need not believe me,' continued Pigasov. . . Read More

Community Reviews

"Rudin" is the first novel by Ivan Turgenev. Turgenev started to work on it in 1855, and it was first published in the literary magazine "Sovremennik" in 1856. For some reason that I don't know it seems to be the least known of Turgenev's novels. I would think that if you read one or two of his o...more

Rudin is a highly educated, well-brought up man in his 30s living in Russia. He embodies the Superfluous Man popular in Russian literature: a man of high intelligence and ideals with no action. He is, essentially, all talk and incapable of following through with his thoughts and desires. He is a...more

Turgenev has a way with words so whatever the work may be, it is worth reading. The characters here are beautifully written specially for such a short novel and are truly memorable, specially Rudin but memorable characters are there in his short stories as well. The length of a work doesn't stand...more

عشق همهچیزش مرموز است: از به وجود آمدن و بسط یافتنش گرفته تا از بین رفتنش. یا به وضوح مثل یک بامداد نشاط انگیز ناگهان تجلی میکند، یا مدتی مثل آتش زیر خاکستر سوسو میزند و همین که همهچیز تمام شد تازه راه خودش را در روح آدمی باز میکند؛ گاهی مثل ماری در قلب آدمی میخزد و گاهی دفعتا آن را رها میکند و ب...more

This short anthology consists of three stories all connected by a common theme of characters that cannot fit into the rest of the society. Rudin is a lovely short novel about a man who overthinks everything and, by trying to act as he believes was expected of him, brakes a young girl's heart. The...more

[maggio 2018]
Sto leggendo le Memorie di un cacciatore, evento letterario russo del 1852, perché più o meno casualmente avevo letto il primo romanzo di Turgenev, questo Rudin, pubblicato quattro anni più tardi, che mi era piaciuto molto e mi aveva fatto venir voglia di conoscere di più l'autore.


I was and remain in love with Turgenev’s short novels of – not ideas, exactly; not morality plays, as I used to try to describe them; at any rate, short novels that hinge on a commitment, a choice, and that emplot the questions of Turgenev’s day, or is it the question? Whether to act. How to act,...more

عالى نيست اما خوب هست، ادبيات روس خالص،معرفي ها و شخصيت ها و همه و همه سنت رايج ادبي،لذت بردم اما شگف ت زده نشدم. خيلي شبيه رمان همان هميشگي از يكي ديگر از نويسندگان روس بود كه اسمش يادم نيست. در مجموع فضاي عدم آگاهي، قدر ناشناسي رايج روسيه ي تزاري را نشان مي داد، همان اسامي پرطمطراق روسي و همان...more

"Poetry is the language of the gods. I love poems myself. But poetry is not only in poems; it is diffused everywhere, it is around us. Look at those trees, that sky on all sides there is the breath of beauty, and of life, and where there is life and beauty, there is poetry also."

"'I assure you...more

Рудин = Rudin, Ivan Turgenev
Rudin is the first novel by Ivan Turgenev, a famous Russian writer best known for his short stories and the novel Fathers and Sons. Turgenev started to work on it in 1855, and it was first published in the literary magazine "Sovremennik" in 1856; several changes were m...more

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