ON THE EVE revolves around Elena, a girl with a very affected mother and a father who is a retired guards lieutenant and keeps a mistress. On the eve of the Crimean War, Elena is pursued by a free-spirited sculptor Shubin and an uptight student, Berzeniev. But when Berzeniev's dashing Bulgarian friend Insarov meets Elena, they soon fall in love. Secretly marrying the Bulgarian revolutionary, Elena invites the ire of her parents, who had hoped to marry her to a more respectable suitor. Insarov falls ill, but partly recovers. On the outbreak of the war, Insarov's call home only complicates matters further.
About the Author
Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev (1818-1883) was a Russian novelist, short story writer, and playwright. Turgenev wrote on themes similar to those found in the works of Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky, the gritty realism of peasant life and serfdom in Russia.