Rudin

Paperback | July 30, 1975

byIvan TurgenevEditorRichard FreebornTranslated byRichard Freeborn

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Turgenev is an author who no longer belongs to Russia only. During the last fifteen years of his life he won for himself the reading public, first in France, then in Germany and America, and finally in England. In his funeral oration the spokesman of the most artistic and critical of European nations, Ernest Renan, hailed him as one of the greatest writers of our times: 'The Master, whose exquisite works have charmed our century, stand more than any other man as the incarnation of the whole race,' because 'a whole world lived in him and spoke through his mouth.' Rudin is the first of Turgenev's social novels, and is a sort of artistic introduction to those that follow, because it refers to the epoch anterior to that when the present social and political movements began. This epoch is being fast forgotten, and without his novel it would be difficult for us to fully realise it, but it is well worth studying, because we find in it the germ of future growths.

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Ivan Turgenev’s first novel turns upon a hero named Rudin. Typical of Russia’s intelligentsia in the 1840s, a redundant man, Rudin is a failure like Don Quixote or Hamlet. Petty, meddling, mooching and sterile in the face of heroine Natalya’s love, he is saved only by eloquence. His gift for summoning the truth in brilliant flashes...

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Turgenev is an author who no longer belongs to Russia only. During the last fifteen years of his life he won for himself the reading public, first in France, then in Germany and America, and finally in England. In his funeral oration the spokesman of the most artistic and critical of European nations, Ernest Renan, hailed him as one of...

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...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 7.6 × 5 × 0.4 inPublished:July 30, 1975Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0140443045

ISBN - 13:9780140443042

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Ivan Turgenev’s first novel turns upon a hero named Rudin. Typical of Russia’s intelligentsia in the 1840s, a redundant man, Rudin is a failure like Don Quixote or Hamlet. Petty, meddling, mooching and sterile in the face of heroine Natalya’s love, he is saved only by eloquence. His gift for summoning the truth in brilliant flashes inspires all those around him. His enthusiasm makes him dynamic, compelling. While everyone else appears indifferent, rational, cold and dull, Rudin is passionate and stimulating. Rudin is an unforgettable classic that breathes life into a fascinating, complex character.