A Sportsman's Notebook: Stories

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$16.99  $15.63
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Ecco Press
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416
Dimensions
5.5 X 7.9 X 1.0 inches | 0.6 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780062968470

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About the Author

Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev (9 November 1818 - 3 September 1883) was a Russian novelist, short story writer, poet, playwright, translator and popularizer of Russian literature in the West. Turgenev's artistic purity made him a favorite of like-minded novelists of the next generation, such as Henry James and Joseph Conrad, both of whom greatly preferred Turgenev to Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky. James, who wrote no fewer than five critical essays on Turgenev's work, claimed that his merit of form is of the first order and praised his exquisite delicacy, which makes too many of his rivals appear to hold us, in comparison, by violent means, and introduce us, in comparison, to vulgar things. Vladimir Nabokov, notorious for his casual dismissal of many great writers, praised Turgenev's plastic musical flowing prose, but criticized his labored epilogues and banal handling of plots. Nabokov stated that Turgenev is not a great writer, though a pleasant one, and ranked him fourth among nineteenth-century Russian prose writers, behind Tolstoy, Gogol, and Anton Chekhov, but ahead of Dostoyevsky. His idealistic ideas about love, specifically the devotion a wife should show her husband, were cynically referred to by characters in Chekhov's An Anonymous Story. Isaiah Berlin acclaimed Turgenev's commitment to humanism, pluralism, and gradual reform over violent revolution as representing the best aspects of Russian liberalism.His first major publication, a short story collection entitled A Sportsman's Sketches (1852), was a milestone of Russian realism. His novel Fathers and Sons (1862) is regarded as one of the major works of 19th-century fiction.
Daniyal Mueenuddin was brought up in Lahore, Pakistan and Elroy, Wisconsin. A graduate of Dartmouth College and Yale Law School, his stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Zoetrope, The Best American Short Stories 2008, selected by Salman Rushdie, and PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories 2010. For a number of years he practiced law in New York. He now lives on a farm in Pakistan's southern Punjab.

Reviews

"The character depictions are marked by their warmth and fondness...Re-reading this book made me happy in that simple yet rare way that one is lifted up by sincerity, probity and kindness."--Wall Street Journal