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Knock, Knock, Knock and Other Stories   By: (1818-1883)

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Knock, Knock, Knock and Other Stories by Ivan S. Turgenev is a collection of short stories that delve deep into the human psyche, weaving together a tapestry of emotions, aspirations, and poetic prose. Turgenev, a master of character development and psychological exploration, offers a remarkable glimpse into the lives of his diverse and vividly portrayed protagonists.

One of the standout stories in this collection is "Knock, Knock, Knock," the eponymous tale that grips readers from the very first page. Turgenev's ability to capture the essence of loneliness and despair is truly remarkable. Through the protagonist's encounters with a mysterious visitor knocking at his door, readers are taken on a journey that is both haunting and thought-provoking. As the story unfolds, Turgenev skillfully infuses a sense of ambiguity and tension, leaving readers guessing until the final pages.

In addition to "Knock, Knock, Knock," the collection presents a variety of other captivating stories. "The Singers" stands out as a tale of unrequited love and the ephemeral nature of beauty. Through Turgenev's emotive writing style, readers are transported to a bygone era, where a chance encounter with a renowned singer sparks a profound and lasting impact on the lives of those involved.

Another notable story is "The District Doctor," which explores themes of duty, compassion, and the delicate balance between personal and professional responsibilities. Turgenev's depiction of the protagonist's struggle to navigate the complexities of his role as a doctor showcases his keen understanding of human nature and the ethical dilemmas individuals face.

What sets Knock, Knock, Knock and Other Stories apart is Turgenev's ability to infuse his narratives with a deep sense of empathy and understanding. His characters are flawed and relatable, grappling with profound human experiences such as love, loss, and existential questions. Turgenev's prose is both elegant and evocative, transporting readers to the vibrant landscapes of 19th-century Russia.

While the collection as a whole is a beautiful exploration of the human condition, some stories may resonate more with readers than others. However, Turgenev's masterful storytelling and his ability to evoke a myriad of emotions make this collection a must-read for literary enthusiasts and fans of classic Russian literature.

In conclusion, Knock, Knock, Knock and Other Stories is a captivating collection of short stories that showcases Ivan S. Turgenev's prowess as a writer. His ability to craft compelling narratives coupled with insightful character portrayals makes this collection a timeless gem in the literary world. Whether you are a dedicated Turgenev fan or new to his work, this book is sure to enchant and provoke thought.

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The Novels Of Ivan Turgenev

KNOCK, KNOCK, KNOCK And Other Stories

Translated From The Russian By Constance Garnett










We all settled down in a circle and our good friend Alexandr Vassilyevitch Ridel (his surname was German but he was Russian to the marrow of his bones) began as follows:

I am going to tell you a story, friends, of something that happened to me in the 'thirties ... forty years ago as you see. I will be brief and don't you interrupt me.

I was living at the time in Petersburg and had only just left the University. My brother was a lieutenant in the horse guard artillery. His battery was stationed at Krasnoe Selo it was summer time. My brother lodged not at Krasnoe Selo itself but in one of the neighbouring villages; I stayed with him more than once and made the acquaintance of all his comrades. He was living in a fairly decent cottage, together with another officer of his battery, whose name was Ilya Stepanitch Tyeglev. I became particularly friendly with him.

Marlinsky is out of date now no one reads him and even his name is jeered at; but in the 'thirties his fame was above everyone's and in the opinion of the young people of the day Pushkin could not hold candle to him... Continue reading book >>

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