A Sportsman's Notebook by Ivan Turgenev audiobook

A Sportsman's Notebook: Stories

By Ivan Turgenev
Read by Steven Marvel

HarperAudio, HarperCollins 9780062968470

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781094107318

  • ISBN: 9781094107301

  • ISBN: 9781094107325

Runtime: 15.59 Hours
Category: Fiction/Literary
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Twenty-five beautifully written stories, penned in exile, evocatively depicting life on a manor in feudal Russia and examining the conflicts between serfs and landlords A Sportsman’s Notebook, Ivan Turgenev’s first literary masterpiece, is a sweeping portrayal of the magnificent nineteenth–century Russian countryside and the harsh lives of those who inhabited it. In a powerful and gripping series of sketches, a hunter wanders through the vast landscape of steppe and forest in search of game, encountering a varied cast of peasants, landlords, bailiffs, overseers, horse traders, and merchants. He witnesses both feudal tyranny and the submission of the tyrannized, against a backdrop of the sublime and pitiless terrain of rural Russia.

These exquisitely rendered stories, now with a stirring introduction from Daniyal Mueenuddin, were not only universally popular with the reading public but, through the influence they exerted on important members of the Tsarist bureaucracy, contributed to the major political event of mid–nineteenth–century Russia: the Great Emancipation of the serfs in 1861. Rarely has a book that offers such undiluted literary pleasure also been so strong a force for significant social change, one that continues to speak to readers centuries later.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Narrator Steven Marvel brings a natural style and sympathetic tone to this 1852 collection of short stories…Although Marvel is at ease pronouncing the many Russian character and place names, he makes no attempt to use Russia accents or dialects, and this becomes a profound choice. By employing American country and Southern character voices, Marvel illuminates the truth that peasants, slaves, and serfs shared similar hardships and experiences throughout the world. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“The character depictions are marked by their warmth and fondness…Re-reading this book made me happy in that simple yet rare way that one is lifted up by sincerity, probity and kindness.” Wall Street Journal
“The first of Turgenev’s masterpieces…A Sportman’s Notebook conveys the vastness and beauty of rural Russia. It shows also the eccentricity, cruelty, and nobility of many of its inhabitants…[Turgenev] was a careful writer, alive to each nuance of language and subtlety of style.” Max Egremont, author of Some Desperate Glory

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Author Bio: Ivan Turgenev

Author Bio: Ivan Turgenev

Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev (1818–1883) was the first Russian writer to gain a wide reputation in Europe. He witnessed the February Revolution in Paris (1848), and his subsequent connection with reform groups in Russia, along with his sympathetic 1852 eulogy of Nikolai Gogol (who satirized the corrupt bureaucracy of the Russian empire), led to his arrest and one-month imprisonment in St. Petersburg. In 1879 the honorary degree of doctor of civil law was conferred upon him by the University of Oxford.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 15.59
Audience: Adult
Language: English