Stories by Foreign Authors : Russian
This is a good introduction of Russian Author. Good selection of the classic Russian writers. Stories deal with life and the hardships experienced by generally, those of the struggling classes. This collection of Russian short fiction is part of a ten-volume series published in 1898 by Charles Scribner's Sons, entitled Stories by Foreign Authors. Though the other books in the series offer a mix of famous and lesser-known writers, this volume features nothing but superstars. Despite the fame and glory achieved by these illustrious authors, the selections included here are not their best work, and the collection as a whole is a major disappointment. Russian literature rose to prominence among world readers during the transition from romanticism to realism. Russian writers, along with those of France, led the vanguard in breaking away from the conventions of the past and defining the new realist style. In Ivan Turgenev's "Mumu," a wealthy old woman presides over a house full of servants in Moscow. Among them is a frighteningly gigantic laborer who is both deaf and dumb. After being spurned by a woman, this gentle giant develops a loving attachment to a puppy. In "The Shot," by Alexander Pushkin, the narrator, an army officer, forms a friendship with a retired soldier. He later questions his judgment of character, however, when his new friend displays indications of cowardice. Both of these are adequately good stories, but they both give an inkling of what's wrong with Russian realism. Turgenev and Pushkin seem to go out of their way to bore the reader, as if providing any degree of entertainment or satisfaction would be pandering to romantic conventions. Tugenev's story is a little too cutesy at times, with characters that are often little more than cartoon caricatures. Pushkin's narrative leads toward two possible outcomes, but in the end he opts for a third option that's neither interesting nor gratifying but merely fizzles to a halt.
- Paperback | 48 pages
- 152 x 229 x 3mm | 77g
- 04 Nov 2015
- Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
- United States
- black & white illustrations