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A Sportsman's Sketches

Ivan Turgenev

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. . . like a prince, and doesn't touch his cap, and even sneers at you behind his beard, and flicks his whip—then you may bet on six roubles. But this case, I saw, had a very different air. However, I think there's no help for it; duty before everything. I snatch up the most necessary drugs, and set off. Will you believe it? I only just managed to get there at all. The road was infernal: streams, snow, watercourses, and the dyke had suddenly burst there—that was the worst of it! However, I arrived at last. It was a little thatched house. There was a light in the windows; that meant they expected me. I was met by an old lady, very venerable, in a cap. "Save her!" she says; "she is dying." I say, "Pray don't distress yourself—Where is the invalid?" "Come this way." I see a clean little room, a lamp in the corner; on the bed a girl of twenty, unconscious. She was in a burning heat, and breathing heavily—it was fever. There were two other girls, her sisters. . . Read More

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Ivan Turgenev is probably the least known of the Russian trio of Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy and Turgenev but nonetheless you should read him if you want to boast that you’ve read ‘the Russians’.

Sketches from a Hunter’s Album is a lesser known work of this lesser known Russian, written before his big novel

Like a lot of my five-star books, this one has significance to me that extends beyond the words on the page. Years ago I got to talking about books with a really beautiful bartender at the old San Francisco Brewing Company. I said how I hadn't read much of the Russians (echoing something Ezra Pound

Death doesn’t come running, but you can’t run away from it, neither; nor must you be helping it along.

These stories were remarkable. Each of them offered a bucolic resonance. Contemporary themes abound as modernity, liberal reform and the sanctity of the soil are explored with the serf standing as e

Tengo una edición Espasa Calpe muy viejita del año 1946 de este libro que incluye solo diez de los veinticinco “Relatos de un cazador” en los que Turguéniev, a través de las andanzas de un cazador por el campo, monte y estepas rusas nos va contando cómo es la vida de los campesinos, los siervos y la

"Reading this first work of Turgenev's I tried as far as possible to prolong my enjoyment, often laying the book down on my knees; I rejoiced the naive customs and charming pictures of which I was given a delightful collection in each of the stories of this book..."
- Alphonse de Lamartine

Turgenev's

Записки охотника = Zapiski Ohotnika = Sketches From a Hunter's Album = A Sportsman's Sketches, Ivan Turgenev

A Sportsman's Sketches is an 1852 collection of short stories by Ivan Turgenev. It was the first major writing that gained him recognition.

The list of stories:
Khor and Kalinych;
Yermolay an

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