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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0140443045, Paperback)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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Turgenev's first novel (1857) established some of the author's favorite themes, including the fate of the intellectual but ineffective superfluous man," and the self-conscious woman now known to literature as the Turgenev maid." This intense love story reflects Russian society in the wake of the Crimean War, as well as the author's life. English translation by Constance Garnett.
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