Virgin Soilby 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 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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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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