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Fathers and Sons By Ivan Turgenev
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Ivan Turgenev’s Fathers and Sons explores generational differences and their tragic consequences. The story centers around Arkady and Bazarov, two young men who return home from college to a... More > world that has remained static. They have changed but must now redefine old relationships, both their friendship with one another and their relationships with their fathers. The main conflict of the novel is between the nihilistic Bazarov, who espouses a strictly materialistic attitude toward life, and Pavel Petrovich Kirsanov, an uncle of Arkady’s, who upholds the aristocratic tradition in the face of Bazarov’s ridicule.< Less
Notes from Underground By Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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Notes from Underground is considered one of Dostoyevsky’s most powerful and original stories and marks the starting point of his literary maturity.
THE TALE OF THE ARMAMENT OF ÍGOŔ By LEONARD A. MAGNUS
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A RUSSIAN HISTORICAL EPIC THE TALE OF THE ARMAMENT OF ÍGOŔ This is the first English edition of this ancient Russian epic. It is intended as a handbook to the increasing number of... More > students of the Russian language, and to reveal to the general public one of the treasures of Russian medieval literature.< Less
The Idiot By Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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Returning to Russia from a sanitarium in Switzerland, the Christ-like epileptic Prince Myshkin finds himself enmeshed in a tangle of love, torn between two women—the notorious kept woman... More > Nastasya and the pure Aglaia—both involved, in turn, with the corrupt, money-hungry Ganya. In the end, Myshkin’s honesty, goodness, and integrity are shown to be unequal to the moral emptiness of those around him.< Less
The Gambler By Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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The Gambler is a riveting portrait of a desperate young man in the grip of gambling addiction, a compulsion that author Dostoyevsky knew about intimately. In this succinct but powerful novel, the... More > Russian master examines the irresistible impulses in human nature that take us to the dark side. The heroine of the story, Polina, is based on Polina Suslova, Dostoyevsky’s lover in 1862-63.< Less
The Gambler By Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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The Gambler is a riveting portrait of a desperate young man in the grip of gambling addiction, a compulsion that author Dostoyevsky knew about intimately. In this succinct but powerful novel, the... More > Russian master examines the irresistible impulses in human nature that take us to the dark side. The heroine of the story, Polina, is based on Polina Suslova, Dostoyevsky’s lover in 1862-63.< Less
Crime and Punishment By Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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Crime and Punishment is a novel by the Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky. It is the second of Dostoyevsky's full-length novels following his return from ten years of exile in Siberia. Crime and... More > Punishment is the first great novel of his "mature" period of writing. Crime and Punishment focuses on the mental anguish and moral dilemmas of Rodion Raskolnikov, an impoverished ex-student in St. Petersburg who formulates and executes a plan to kill an unscrupulous pawnbroker for her cash. Raskolnikov argues that with the pawnbroker's money he can perform good deeds to counterbalance the crime, while ridding the world of a worthless vermin. He also commits this murder to test his own hypothesis that some people are naturally capable of such things, and even have the right to do them. Several times throughout the novel, Raskolnikov justifies his actions by comparing himself with Napoleon Bonaparte, believing that murder is permissible in pursuit of a higher purpose.< Less
A Month In the Country By Ivan Turgenev
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A Month in the Country is a comedy in five acts by Ivan Turgenev. It was written in France between 1848 and 1850 and was first published in 1855. The play was not staged until 1872, when it was given... More > as a benefit performance for the Moscow actress E N Vasilyeva, who was keen to play the leading role of Natalya Petrovna.< Less
Moidodyr-"Washing Clean" By Richard Bryant
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Who is this Russian man with the funny sounding first name? Korney Chukovsky is probably the most popular and beloved children’s author in the Russian speaking world. Though he died in 1969,... More > his works continue to be read and adored by children throughout the former Soviet Union. To put his importance into an American context, he may be compared to Theodore Geisel, (aka Dr. Seuss.) His appeal has spread across multiple generations of Russian readers. Many adults and children alike can still quote poems such as “Doctor Abolit”, the “Giant Roach”, the “Crocodile”, and the work translated here, “Washing Clean” from memory. While he was primarily known as a writer of children’s stories and poetry, he was also an important critic and commentator of literature during the Soviet period.< Less
Crime And Punishment By Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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A desperate young man plans the perfect crime -- the murder of a despicable pawnbroker, an old women no one loves and no one will mourn. Is it not just, he reasons, for a man of genius to commit such... More > a crime, to transgress moral law -- if it will ultimately benefit humanity? So begins one of the greatest novels ever written: a powerful psychological study, a terrifying murder mystery, a fascinating detective thriller infused with philosophical, religious and social commentary. Raskolnikov, an impoverished student living in a garret in the gloomy slums of St. Petersburg, carries out his grotesque scheme and plunges into a hell of persecution, madness and terror. Crime And Punishment takes the reader on a journey into the darkest recesses of the criminal and depraved mind, and exposes the soul of a man possessed by both good and evil ... a man who cannot escape his own conscience. This edition contains extensive overviews of both the author and the novel.< Less

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