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Ivan Turgenev

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Smoke is a novel by the highly acclaimed Russian writer Ivan Turgenev that tells the gripping story of a secret love affair between a young betrothed Russian man and a young married Russian woman, while also delivering in the opening chapters the author's criticism of Russia and Russians of the period. The story takes place largely in the German resort town of Baden-Baden.

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. . .There was an outburst all of a sudden from Voroshilov; in a single breath, almost choking himself, he mentioned Draper, Virchow, Shelgunov, Bichat, Helmholtz, Star, St. Raymund, Johann Müller the physiologist, and Johann Müller the historian—obviously confounding them—Taine, Renan, Shtchapov; and then Thomas Nash, Peele, Greene.... ‘What sort of queer fish may they be?’ Bambaev muttered bewildered, Shakespeare’s predecessors having the same relation-36- to him as the ranges of the Alps to Mont Blanc. Voroshilov replied cuttingly, and he too touched on the future of Russia. Bambaev also spoke of the future of Russia, and even depicted it in glowing colours: but he was thrown into special raptures over the thought of Russian music, in which he saw something. ‘Ah! great indeed!’ and in confirmation he began humming a song of Varlamov’s, but was soon interrupted by a general shout, ‘He is singing the Miserere from the . . . Read More

Community Reviews

He fell to looking out of the window. It was grey and damp; there was no rain, but the fog still hung about; and low clouds trailed across the sky. The wind blew facing the train; whitish clouds of steam, some singly, others mingled with other darker clouds of smoke, whirled in endless file past the

كل شيء دخان لا ارى غيره لا شيء حقيقي لا شيء ثابت.

ايفان تارجينيف من خلال روايته دخان يربط بين التخطيط المسبق وترتيب الحياة الشخصية بالوضع السياسي في روسيا عند كتابة هذه الرواية. فالمجتمع الارستقراطي يرسمه بشكل مقرف, مجتمع يعيش في الاوهام والافكار التي يتبناها هذا المجتمع بعيدة عن حقيقة معانات الشعب و

I loved this book, not because it's Russian and I love Russian books, or because it's old and I love old books, but because it's flat out a great story. The beginning is a little rough. I thought it was going to be one of those Russian books with so many names that you can hardly follow the plot. It

إن كنت تعتزم مواصلة القراءة لروائي ما فيجب أن تكون هناك فضيلة ما للروائي تخصّه دون سواه !..

فضيلة القراءة لهذا ال تورجنيف : أنك لن تتعرف على هذا الرجل إلا بقرائته! لن تجد ما يسد رمق فضولك عنه .. لا مدح تام و لا قدح تام مقارنة بمعاصريه .. غموض شهي لفّه كما لفّ أدباء القرن التاسع عشر ، تاركًا وجوه بارز

يحار المرء عند تقييم هذه الرواية أو حتى الحديث عنها، فهي قطعًا رواية جيدة على المستوى السياسي، من ناحية تسليط الضوء على الوضع السياسي في الحقبة التي تناولتها الرواية، وهي أيضًا ممتازة على المستوى الإجتماعي حيث تناولت أحوال الطبقة المثقفة من أبناء روسيا في المهجر، وعاداتهم وسلوكهم وملبسهم ونقاشاتهم!

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