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Absolutely superb stories! So good that I don’t know which one would be my favourite.
As it says on the back of the book, ‘psychologically acute, subtly and sometimes bitterly comic, these six stories all display the elegance and ironic clarity of Turgenev’s finest writing.’
Next on the list, Father and Sons.
it was amazing
‘The Diary of a Superfluous Man’ sets the tone for classic Turgenev, whose stories and novels are so often about unrequited or disappointed love. I like this because so many novels go the opposite way, and it exists in life.
‘Mumu’ made me cry and I never or almost never cry at films or books. Commentary about loneliness and alienation, it is about a deaf and dumb servant and his dog.
‘Asya’ has a wonderful, wild and hurried atmosphere, like blackberries.
‘First Love’ is more mature, like a ripe p
“O youth! youth! you have no concerns, you possess, as it were, all the treasures of the universe, even grief is a comfort to you, even sadness suits your looks, you are self-assured and bold, you say: ‘Look, I’m the only one alive!’ while the very days of your life run away and vanish without trace and without number and everything in you disappears like wax, like snow in the heat of the sun… And perhaps the entire secret of your charm consists not in the possibility of doing everything, but