The Diary of a Superfluous Man

The Diary of a Superfluous Man

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by Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev
     
 

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The doctor has just left me. At last I have got at something definite! For all his cunning, he had to speak out at last. Yes, I am soon, very soon, to die. The frozen rivers will break up, and with the last snow I shall, most likely, swim away � whither? God knows! To the ocean too. Well, well, since one must die, one may as well die in the spring. But isn't it absurd

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The doctor has just left me. At last I have got at something definite! For all his cunning, he had to speak out at last. Yes, I am soon, very soon, to die. The frozen rivers will break up, and with the last snow I shall, most likely, swim away � whither? God knows! To the ocean too. Well, well, since one must die, one may as well die in the spring. But isn't it absurd to begin a diary a fortnight, perhaps, before death? What does it matter? And by how much are fourteen days less than fourteen years, fourteen centuries? Beside eternity, they say, all is nothingness�yes, but in that case eternity, too, is nothing. I see I am letting myself drop into metaphysics; that's a bad sign�am I not rather faint-hearted, perchance? I had better begin a description of some sort. It's damp and windy out of doors.
I'm forbidden to go out. What can I write about, then? No decent man talks of his maladies; to write a novel is not in my line; reflections on elevated topics are beyond me; descriptions of the life going on around me could not even interest me; while I am weary of doing nothing, and too lazy to read. Ah, I have it, I will write the story of all my life for myself. A first-rate idea! Just before death it is a suitable thing to do, and can be of no harm to any one. I will begin.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940148765288
Publisher:
Hillside Publishing
Publication date:
01/02/2015
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
784 KB
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev (November 9 [O.S. October 28] 1818 � September 3 [O.S. August 22] 1883) was a major Russian novelist and playwright. His novel Fathers and Sons is regarded as a major work of 19th-century fiction. Source: Wikipedia.
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