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The Torrents of Spring

Ivan Turgenev

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The Torrents of Spring, is a novel written by Ivan Turgenev when he was in his fifties. The story centers around a young Russian landowner named Dimitry Sanin who falls deliriously in love for the first time while visiting the German city of Frankfurt. It is widely held as one Turgenev's greatest novels as well as being highly autobiographical in nature. - Summary by Wikipedia

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .And no wonder! In the blast of that instantaneous summer hurricane, he had almost as instantaneously felt, not that Gemma was lovely, not that he liked her—that he had known before … but that he almost … loved her! As suddenly as that blast of wind, had love pounced down upon him. And then this senseless duel! He began to be tormented by mournful forebodings. And even suppose they didn't kill him…. What could come of his love for this girl, another man's betrothed? Even supposing this 'other man' was no danger, that Gemma herself would care for him, or even cared for him already … What would come of it? How ask what! Such a lovely creature!…

He walked about the room, sat down to the table, took a sheet of paper, traced a few lines on it, and at once blotted them out…. He recalled Gemma's wonderful figure in the dark window, in the starlight, set all a-fluttering by the warm hurricane; he remembered her. . . Read More

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Вешние воды = Spring Torrents = Torrents of Spring, Ivan Turgenev

Torrents of Spring, also known as Spring Torrents, is a novel written by Ivan Turgenev during 1870 and 1871 when he was in his fifties. The story centers around a young Russian landowner named Dimitry Sanin who falls deliriously in lov

22nd book of 2022

"The entire novel is true. I personally lived and felt it. It is my own history." Ivan Turgenev to a friend.

Spring Torrents first published in 1871 is a semi autobiographical novella written by Ivan Turgenev that recounts an episode in his life when traveling to Germany when we cr

▪️4,5▪️ επειδή θα ήθελα ένα πιο ρομαντικό τέλος και όχι τόσο γλυκόπικρο, αλλά τι περιμένεις από ρωσική λογοτεχνία;

الحب الحقيقي لا يُنسى يبقى مثل النقش على الصدر.
لكن هل ننجح في حمايته من سيدة مثل ماريا.
ملكة الاغواء.
لاول مرة تُرشح لي صديقتي في العمل روابة رومانسية كلاسكية .


¡Ese final! Ese final consigue que esta novela no sea simplemente una lectura deliciosamente agradable y muy bien escrita.
Los rusos, amigo, no hay ni uno optimista. Como a mi me gusta

If I understood well, Turgenev planned for Spring Torrents to be a short story, but at some point he changed his mind and turned it into a novel. I can't complain, because I think this books makes for a fine novel, even if a bit unorthodox one. One could argue that it is unbalanced. One could even m

Another entertaining book by Mr Turgenev.
The author seems more optimistic than his peers:
even though in Torrents: love and betrayal compete
disastrously, he still manages at the end to resolve
his hero and his heroine with some happiness.
An artful story teller. Very recommendable.

This book was surprisingly good! I must thank my Goodreads friend Kelly for finding this author! I will definitely be reading more by him!

That's it; Turgenev is officially my favourite Russian! I guess this novelette was written to remind us how love can drive us astray, shift our personality and ultimately alter our life course (be it for better or worse). Powerful prose and colourful images of the romantic era, also a female charact

3.5 stars
It’s a while since I read any Turgenev and this is regarded as one of Turgenev’s better novels, if not his best known. Like Proust’s madeleine, here a garnet cross triggers recollection in Sanin. Sanin is 52 and the cross takes him back thirty years, to his youth and first love.
Sanin was t

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