- Ivan Turgenev (Critical Survey of Drama, Second Revised Edition)
- Ivan Turgenev (Cyclopedia of World Authors, Fourth Revised Edition)
- Ivan Turgenev (Dictionary of World Biography: The 19th Century)
- Ivan Turgenev (Critical Survey of Long Fiction, Fourth Edition)
- Ivan Turgenev (Critical Survey of Short Fiction, Second Revised Edition)
- Theory of Short Fiction (Critical Survey of Short Fiction, Second Revised Edition)
At a glance:
- Author: Ivan Turgenev
- First Published: 1852
- Type of Plot: Sketch
- Time of Work: The mid-nineteenth century
- Setting: Province of Tula, Russia
- Characters: The narrator, Fedya, Pavlusha, Ilyusha, Kostya, Vanya
- Genres: Short fiction, Sketch
- Subjects: Superstition, Rural or country life, Patriotism, Hunting or hunters, Boys, Russia or Russian people, Feudalism, Peasantry or peasants
- Locales: Europe, Russia, Tula, Russia
As with all of Ivan Turgenev’s stories in Zapiski okhotnika (1852; Russian Life in the Interior, 1855; better known as A Sportsman’s Sketches, 1932), the plot of this one is simple and straightforward. After a day of grouse shooting, the hunter who narrates the story starts homeward but becomes lost as night approaches. Growing increasingly uneasy as he wanders beside a wood, then along the boundary of a field, around a knoll, and into a hollow, he stops short at the very edge of an abyss. At the bottom of the precipice he can barely...
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