On the Eve, by Ivan Turgenev, Folio Society, 2011

Already a huge 19th century Russian literature fan, I am finding myself more and more attracted to the writings of Ivan Turgenev. Turgenev (1818-1883) is among the pantheon of great Russian writers of the 19th century (along with Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov, Gogal and Pushkin).  While Turgenev often touches on many of the same themes that Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy expound upon, he does so with much less explicit … Continue reading On the Eve, by Ivan Turgenev, Folio Society, 2011

A Review of First Love, by Ivan Turgenev, Folio Society Edition

Ivan Turgenev’s First Love (first published in 1860), is a masterpiece of presenting the emotions involved in young, immature love.  Who has not experienced the wild fluctuations in mood, the awakening and death of one’s heart and soul, when enraptured within the discovery of falling in love; followed by the torment of such love being unrequited; or worse yet, followed by the yet more important … Continue reading A Review of First Love, by Ivan Turgenev, Folio Society Edition