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Virgin Soil
     

Virgin Soil

by Ivan Turgenev
 

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Turgenev was unquestionably the most liberal-spirited and unqualifiedly humane of all the great nineteenth-century Russian novelists, and in Virgin Soil, the biggest and most ambitious of all his works, 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

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Turgenev was unquestionably the most liberal-spirited and unqualifiedly humane of all the great nineteenth-century Russian novelists, and in Virgin Soil, the biggest and most ambitious of all his works, 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 world¹s finest novelists confronts the enduring question of the place of happiness in a political world.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev (1818-1883) was born into a wealthy family from the class of landed gentry and educated at the universities of Moscow and St. Petersburg. He first made his name with A Sportsman¹s Sketches, a realistic portrayal of Russian country life that is said to have influenced Tsar Alexander II to liberate the serfs. In later life, Turgenev lived in Europe and returned only occasionally to his native country. Among his most famous works are the novels Fathers and Sons, Rudin, and On the Eve.

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"Turgenev to me is the greatest writer there ever was." - Ernest Hemingway

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ISBN-13:
9781607782285
Publisher:
MobileReference
Publication date:
01/01/2010
Series:
Mobi Classics
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
273 KB

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Every class of society, every type of character, every degree of fortune, every phase of manners, passes through his hands; his imagination claims its property equally, in town and country, among rich and poor, among wise people and idiots, dilettanti and peasants, the tragic and the joyous, the probable and the grotesque. He has an eye for all our passions and a deeply sympathetic sense of the wonderful complexity of our souls.

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Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev (November 9 [O.S. October 28] 1818 - September 3, 1883) was a Russian novelist, short story writer, and playwright. His first major publication, a short story collection entitled A Sportsman's Sketches (1852), was a milestone of Russian Realism, and his novel Fathers and Sons (1862) is regarded as one of the major works of 19th-century fiction.

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