Ivan Turgenev

1818 - 1883

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Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev ( toor-GHEN-yef, -⁠GAYN-; Russian: Иван Сергеевич Тургенев, IPA: [ɪˈvan sʲɪrˈɡʲe(j)ɪvʲɪtɕ tʊrˈɡʲenʲɪf]; 9 November [O.S. 28 October] 1818 – 3 September [O.S. 22 August] 1883) was a Russian novelist, short story writer, poet, playwright, translator and popularizer of Russian literature in the West. His first major publication, a short story collection titled A Sportsman's Sketches (1852), was a milestone of Russian realism. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ivan Turgenev has received more than 1,352,917 page views. His biography is available in 96 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 93 in 2019). Ivan Turgenev is the 166th most popular writer (up from 167th in 2019), the 61st most popular biography from Russia (up from 63rd in 2019) and the 12th most popular Russian Writer.

Ivan Turgenev is most famous for his novel Fathers and Sons, which is about the conflict between the old and new generations.

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Zapiski okhotnika
Fiction, Russia in fiction, Social life and customs
Translations into English, Russian language, Translations from Russian
Dvorianskoe gnezdo
Ottsy i deti
Fiction, Social life and customs, Fathers and sons
Fiction, Social life and customs, Nihilism (Philosophy)
The story revolves around Elena, a girl with a hypochondriacal mother and an idle father, a retired guards lieutenant with a mistress. On the eve of the Crimean War, Elena is pursued by a free-spirited sculptor (Shubin) and a serious-minded student (Berzyenev). But when Berzyenev's revolutionary Bulgarian friend, Insarov, meets Elena, they fall in love. In secretly marrying Insarov Elena disappoints her mother and enrages her father, who had hoped to marry her to a dull, self-satisfied functionary, Kurnatovski. Insarov nearly dies from pneumonia and only partly recovers. On the outbreak of war Insarov tries to return with Elena to Bulgaria, but tragically dies in Venice. Elena takes Insarov's body to the Balkans for burial and then vanishes. - Wikipedia
Fiction, Social life and customs, Accessible book


Among writers, Ivan Turgenev ranks 166 out of 7,302Before him are Georges Simenon, Lucian, Heinrich Böll, Menander, Cyrano de Bergerac, and Nicolas Flamel. After him are H. G. Wells, Pindar, Yasunari Kawabata, Orhan Pamuk, Karel Čapek, and Pliny the Younger.

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Among people born in 1818, Ivan Turgenev ranks 6Before him are Karl Marx, James Prescott Joule, Emily Brontë, Alexander II of Russia, and Ignaz Semmelweis. After him are Christian IX of Denmark, Charles Gounod, Jacob Burckhardt, Lewis H. Morgan, Marius Petipa, and Rudolf von Jhering. Among people deceased in 1883, Ivan Turgenev ranks 4Before him are Karl Marx, Richard Wagner, and Édouard Manet. After him are Gustave Doré, Emir Abdelkader, Henri, Count of Chambord, Midhat Pasha, Joseph Plateau, Princess Marianne of the Netherlands, Charles II, Duke of Parma, and Thomas Mayne Reid.

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In Russia

Among people born in Russia, Ivan Turgenev ranks 61 out of 3,761Before him are Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia (1895), Vladimir the Great (958), Alexander Nevsky (1220), Rurik (830), Rudolf Nureyev (1938), and Peter Kropotkin (1842). After him are Frederick I of Prussia (1657), Georg Cantor (1845), Mikhail Kutuzov (1745), Yaroslav the Wise (978), Vasily Zaitsev (1915), and Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia (1904).

Among WRITERS In Russia

Among writers born in Russia, Ivan Turgenev ranks 12Before him are Maxim Gorky (1868), Isaac Asimov (1920), Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1918), E. T. A. Hoffmann (1776), Vladimir Nabokov (1899), and Boris Pasternak (1890). After him are Lou Andreas-Salomé (1861), Svetlana Alliluyeva (1926), Mikhail Sholokhov (1905), Joseph Brodsky (1940), Mikhail Lermontov (1814), and Sergei Yesenin (1895).