Turgenev's first major prose work is a series of twenty-five "Sketches": the observations and anecdotes of the author during his travels through Russia as he satisfied his passion for hunting. His album is filled with moving insights into the lives of those he encounters - peasants and land-owners, doctors and bailiffs, neglected wives and bereft mothers - each providing a glimpse of love, tragedy, courage and loss, and anticipating Turgenev's great later works such as "First Love" and Fathers and Sons. His depiction of the cruelty and arrogance of the ruling classes was considered subversive and led to his arrest and confinement to his estate, but these "Sketches" opened the minds of contemporary readers to the plight of the peasantry and were even said to have made Tsar Alexander II decide to abolish serfdom.
Richard Freeborn's superb translation captures the descriptive power, lyricism and irony of Turgenev's prose, and is accompanied by an introduction discussing the author's beliefs and experiences. This edition also includes notes and an appendix.
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