Ivan Turgenev - Sketches From A Hunter's Album, 1852 [Russian literature]
Turgenev's pastoral: sketches of rustic life in Russia
"Whoever has happened to travel from Bolkhov County into the Zhizdra region will no doubt have been struck by the sharp differences between the nature of the people in the Orlov Province and those in Kaluga."
And so begins Ivan Turgenev's Sketches From A Hunter's Album, Turgenev's literary journey into the Russian countryside. If you want to know where Hemingway got his spiel and shtick, start here. Of course, Hemingway was able to get away with his appropriation of Turgenev because Turgenev is lesser known and lower on the list of Russian authors from a Western standpoint. Most people, it is safe to say, would probably check for Dostoevsky, Chekhov, Tolstoy, Nabokov, or Bulgakov before getting a Turgenev book. I've also seen Sketches listed as A Sportsman's Notebook and A Sportsman's Sketches -- most editions are printed with the Sketches From A Hunter's Album title. The first line of the first story of the book sets up class/caste distinctions in mid 19th Century Russia, and the book is kind of an exposé of sorts related to what Russian life is really like away from the big cities like Moscow. Nicholas I, who was emperor until 1855, reigned during the entire time of Turgenev's publishing of these stories. The stories were originally serialized and then published together in 1852. Another important book by Turgenev is Fathers and Sons. And now I wish I could have a plate of pelmeni...