Russian realism

It’s been a while since I did a post about what I’m reading. I’ve picked up a short story collection by the Russian author Ivan Turgenev called The Three Portraits (2006). This is not an original collection, hence the recent year, as Turgenev lived in the 19th century. He is not as famous as his contemporaries Tolstoy and Dostoevsky, but is counted among the many great Russian authors of that time.

The book is part of a box-set I bought some years ago which contains different work by those earlier named great Russian authors. Half of the set are novels, while the other half consists of short story collections. I’ve picked up Turgenev because I wanted to read some short story stuff and not a whole novel. I have to admit that I have to be in the mood for those as whole novels can be tough reads with those Russian authors. They always have a bit of a gloomy atmosphere to them and the endings can be nasty or quite depressing, which is not something I want to carry around for a longer time. It’s not that I don’t like to read them, but I do have to set my mind to it when I do. They have an unique nature which can’t been found elsewhere in literature so I keep coming back to them.

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