9) On the Eve
On the eve of the Crimean war a young woman, Elena, is pursued by two men. She disappoints them and her affected, social-climbing family when she marries a Bulgarian revolutionary. Sickness and war intervene in their lives, sending tragic shock waves through an entire society.
Immerse yourself in a compendium of literary virtuosity with this volume of short stories from Russian author Ivan Turgenev, who is regarded as one of the masters of the form. In the title piece, a man on the verge of succumbing to a terminal illness looks back over his life and marvels over the mystery of his own mundane existence.
Initially banned in his home country The Kingdom of God Is Within You is Leo Tolstoy's great non-fictional work. The zenith of Tolstoy's thirty years of Christian thinking, it sets out a plan for a new society guided by a literal Christian interpretation. Christ conceived of a society based on love, compassion and tolerance, and Tolstoy believed this was incompatible with violence. Tolstoy's response is the principle of nonresistance in...
Fans of short fiction will love this collection from Anton Chekhov, the Russian author and physician whom many critics regard as one of the masters of the short story. The pieces brought together in this volume span a wide range of themes and highlight the subtle genius that sets Chekhov's work apart from his peers.
Get acquainted with the work of Russian literary master Ivan Turgenev in this rich, multifaceted tale of unrequited romantic love and self-discovery. The Torrents of Spring follows the coming-of-age of a young Russian aristocrat who is willing to give away everything he owns to pursue love. But before he can achieve his happily-ever-after, a sophisticated seductress steps in and induces him to stray from his single-minded goal. Will the...