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A Sportsman's Sketches

  • Type: Book
  • Length: 403 pages

A Sportsman's Sketches is a 1852 collection of 25 sketches of rural Russian life under the Ctzar by Russian writer, Ivan Turgenev.

Turgenev's first major prose work is a series of twenty-five Sketches: the observations and anecdotes of the author during his travels through Russia satisfying his passion for hunting. His album is filled with moving insights into the lives of those he encounters peasants and landowners, doctors and bailiffs, neglected wives and bereft mothers each providing a glimpse of love, tragedy, courage and loss, and anticipating Turgenev's great later works such as First Love and Fathers and Sons. His depiction of the cruelty and arrogance of the ruling classes was considered subversive and led to his arrest and confinement to his estate, but these sketches opened the minds of contemporary readers to the plight of the peasantry and were even said to have led Tsar Alexander II to abolish serfdom.

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  • Oryol Oblast, Russia "A Sportsman's Sketches' are based on Ivan Turgenev's experiences while hunting near his family's estate Spasskoye-Lutovinovo, Oryol Oblast, Russia


Y/M/D Association Description Place Locale Food Event
1851/00/00 Ivan Turgenev Author "A Sportsman's Sketches" are published in "The Contemporary" jounal between 1847 and 1851
1852/00/00 Ivan Turgenev Author A Sportsman's Sketches is published in book form

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Particulars for A Sportsman's Sketches:
Art Type Book a written or printed work consisting of pages glued or sewn together along one side and bound in covers.
Narrative Arts Fiction prose literature, especially short stories and novels, that describes imaginary events and people
Narrative Arts Literary Realism
Narrative Arts Narrative an account of connected events
Narrative Arts Prose ordinary written language
Cultural Affiliation Russian Serfs
Art Type Short Story Collection an assembly of unrelated short fiction narratives

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