Home Of The Gentry by Ivan TurgenevHome Of The Gentry by Ivan Turgenev

Home Of The Gentry

byIvan TurgenevTranslated byRichard Freeborn

Paperback | June 30, 1970

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On one level the novel is about the homecoming of Lavretsky, who, broken and disillusioned by a failed marriage, returns to his estate and finds love again - only to lose it. The sense of loss and of unfulfilled promise, beautifully captured by Turgenev, reflects his underlying theme that humanity is not destined to experience happiness except as something ephemeral and inevitably doomed. On another level Turgenev is presenting the homecoming of a whole generation of young Russians who have fallen under the spell of European ideas that have uprooted them from Russia, their 'home', but have proved ultimately superfluous. In tragic bewilderment, they attempt to find reconciliation with their land.

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Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev was born in 1818 in the Province of Orel, and suffered during his childhood from a tyrannical mother. After the family had moved to Moscow in 1827 he entered Petersburg University where he studied philosophy. When he was nineteen he published his first poems and, convinced that Europe contained the source of r...
Title:Home Of The GentryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 7.8 × 5.1 × 0.52 inPublished:June 30, 1970Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140442243

ISBN - 13:9780140442243

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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In Fathers and Sons Ivan Turgenev explores the political old versus the political new. In his second novel he gets to the more emotional side of things but politics, especially the plight of a whole generation of young Russians, is still on his agenda. In Home Of The Gentry Lavretsky, a man disillusioned and nearly destroyed by a broken marriage, returns to his estate, finds another love and promptly loses it. The underlying theme of happiness being a fleeting aspect in a person’s life is evident, as Turgenev examines an exodus of young people lured away to Europe only to return home disenchanted and ready to make amends with their motherland.