Virgin Soil by Ivan Turgenev
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Virgin Soil
By Ivan Turgenev

Virgin Soil

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Virgin Soil by Ivan Turgenev

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Turgenev was the most liberal-spirited and unqualifiedly humane of all the great nineteenth-century Russian novelists, and in Virgin Soil, his biggest and most ambitious work, he sought to balance his deep affection for his country and his people with his growing apprehensions about what their future held in store. At the heart of the book is the story of a young man and a young woman, torn between love and politics, who struggle to make headway against the complacency of the powerful, the inarticulate misery of the powerless, and the stifling conventions of provincial life. This rich and complex book, at once a love story, a devastating, and bitterly funny social satire, and, perhaps most movingly of all, a heartfelt celebration of the immense beauty of the Russian countryside, is a tragic masterpiece in which one of the world's finest novelists confronts the enduring question of the place of happiness in a political world.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780940322455
ISBN-10: 0940322455
Format: Paperback
(203mm x 127mm x 24mm)
Pages: 368
Imprint: NYRB Classics
Publisher: The New York Review of Books, Inc
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2000
Country of Publication: United States

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Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev Fathers and Sons, Paperback (May 2016)

Returning home after years away at university, Arkady is proud to introduce his clever friend Bazarov to his father and uncle. But their guest soon stirs up unrest on the quiet country estate - his outspoken nihilist views and his scathing criticisms of the older men expose the growing distance between Arkady and his father.

Fathers and Children by Ivan Turgenev Fathers and Children, Paperback (August 2015)

Part of Alma Classics Evergreen series, this edition of Fathers and Children is presented in a new translation with a wealth of material.

Three Days in the Country by Ivan Turgenev Three Days in the Country, Paperback (July 2015)

Russia. A beautiful country estate. The mid-nineteenth century. A handsome new tutor brings reckless, romantic desire to an eccentric household. Over three days one summer the young and the old will learn lessons in love: first love and forbidden love, maternal love and platonic love, ridiculous love and last love.

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Author Biography - Ivan Turgenev

Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev (1818-1883) was born into a wealthy family of the Russian landed gentry and educated in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Berlin. He made his name as a writer with A Sportsman's Sketches, an unvarnished picture of Russian country life that is said to have influenced Tsar Alexander II's decision to liberate the serfs. In later years, Turgenev lived in Europe, returning only rarely to his native country. He was the author of poems, stories, plays, and six novels, the most celebrated of which include Fathers and Sons, Rudin, and On the Eve.

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