Diary of a Superfluous Man and Other Stories
73 Installments—Entirely free
This collection of Ivan Turgenev’s work opens with a character in a bleak situation. Tchulkaturin, the unlikely hero of “The Diary of a Superfluous Man,” has just two weeks to live. Facing the prospect of his own mortality, Tchulkaturin decides to take stock of his feelings, thoughts, and beliefs about life and the world around him. He realizes that his contributions to society are few—he has led an indolent life without much purpose, a man “superfluous” to the world. Yet, the realizations the young man comes to over the course of his writings prove both revelatory and moving. Here is an emotional tour-de-force about the universal truths that define all lives, however grand or humble. The same revelatory quality lives in all of the stories in this collection, including “A Tour in the Forest” and “Andrei Kolosov.” A more honest testament to the human condition you are unlikely to find.
The Diary of a Superfluous Man
A Tour in the Forest
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Opening Lines (Experimental)
VILLAGE OF SHEEP'S SPRINGS, _March_ 20, 18--.
The doctor has just left me. At last I have got at something definite! For all his cunning, he had to speak out at last. Yes, I am soon, very soon, to die. The frozen rivers will break up, and with the last snow I shall, most likely, swim away ... ...
Reviewed by dreamdust on May 10, 2010
Turgenev is a profound pleasure to muse with as one reads.
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