Narrator Steven Marvel brings a natural style and sympathetic tone to this 1852 collection of short stories. These 25 works first made Ivan Turgenev a major voice in nineteenth-century Russian literature. The wonderfully evocative and very human sketches recount the observations of a landed gentleman who crosses central Russia in search of hunting and adventure. He often finds the tales of aging serfs, horse traders, the lovelorn, and witless overseers just as intoxicating. Although Marvel is at ease pronouncing the many Russian character and place names, he makes no attempt to use Russia accents or dialects, and this becomes a profound choice. By employing American country and Southern character voices, Marvel illuminates the truth that peasants, slaves, and serfs shared similar hardships and experiences throughout the world. B.P. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine [Published: MARCH 2020]
Trade Ed. Harper Audio 2020
DD ISBN 9780062998439 $29.99
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