At a glance:
- Author: Ivan Turgenev
- First Published: 1852
- Type of Work: Short stories
- Genres: Short fiction, Sketch
- Subjects: Nineteenth century, Rural or country life, Class consciousness, Aristocracy or aristocrats, Hunting or hunters, Russia or Russian people, Peasantry or peasants
A Sportman’s Sketches effectively describes the stories that constitute the collection. They do not always express the concentration of elements toward the resolution of a clearly defined plot that readers associate with modern short stories. In one of the most famous pieces, “Bezhin lug” (“Bezhin Meadow”), the sportsman-narrator loses his way while hunting. At dusk, he stumbles into a camp of peasant boys who have brought horses out to graze in the cool night air. He sits among them, listens to their ghost stories, and leaves them at dawn with a...
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