Тысяча душ

Тысяча душ[Epub] ➜ Тысяча душ By Aleksey Pisemsky – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk An 1858 Russian novel in which a young man marries an heiress to get ahead betraying his roots and in the end himself After a spectacular early success Pisemsky's reputation as an author suffered a te An Russian novel in which a young man marries an heiress to get ahead betraying his roots and in the end himself After a spectacular early success Pisemsky's reputation as an author suffered a terrible eclipse This was partly because of the competition of other mid th century Russian writers such as Turgenev and Dostoevsky and partly because Pisemsky grossly misjudged the taste and s of his audience Pisemsky's brooding romanticism coupled with his control as a writer suffers only in comparison with literary giants In spite of his failings Pisemsky was a writer of consummate skill and this is an important addition to our store of th century Russian literature. A forgotten classic from the Russian literature's golden age Corruption vanity a world of scoundrels in a sarcastic and compelling story I have a never ending fascination with the world of Tsarist Russia the society life of Petersburg and Moscow where handsome hussars danced the mazurka and spoke French with the beautiful daughters of wealthy landowners against the background of soul destroying bureaucracy and corruption never ending oppression of the people and the intelligentsia and the mind numbing life of the provinces where the peasants were bled dry and then bled dry again to support the lifestyles of the tiny upper class In my continuing search for novels set in this wonderfully strange world I finally got around to Pisemsky He's not Gogol or Pushkin although their influence is evident in his writing and he is way not Tolstoy but this is a very good story that brings its world to life with deeply flawed but interesting characters The heroine Nastenka is a literary descendant of Pushkin's Tatiana but modern and in the end less naive The portrayal of provincial characters and tsarist bureaucracy is very Gogolian but without Gogol's humor and wonderful way with words But the characters are complex and realistic and the way that circumstances conspire against them to frustrate their best intentions is psychologically and emotionally trueOne interesting thing about this book from a modern perspective is its title which refers to the thousand serfs owned by the wealthy woman who the hero marries but the thousand serfs are entirely abstract and never appear in the story The hero never once visits the estates and villages where they live The book is filled with moral condemnation of society bureaucracy corruption and the damage that all of these things do to honorable people trying to live honest lives but there isn't a word about the sufferings of the thousand human beings in slavery who enable the lifestyle that is the subject of the story Aleksey Pisemsky is Russia's Edith Wharton Fantastic in every way Great detail and characters This is the story of a young man who decides not to follow his heart but to follow the money and marries a wealthy older woman He learns too late that money doesn't buy happiness and ends up a very miserable person Note This should be PISEMSKY not Pilemsky Oh Russia

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  • Paperback
  • Тысяча душ
  • Aleksey Pisemsky
  • English
  • 08 January 2014
  • 9781410101174