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Contented Man

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Contented Man by Ivan Turgenev is a story that explores the complexities of human nature and the pursuit of happiness. The protagonist, Stepan, is a man who appears to have everything - wealth, status, and a loving family. However, despite his seemingly perfect life, Stepan struggles with a sense of discontentment and unfulfilled desires.

Turgenev skillfully delves into Stepan's inner turmoil, presenting a character who is torn between his responsibilities and his yearning for something more. As the story unfolds, we see Stepan grapple with his own mortality and the fleeting nature of happiness.

The writing in Contented Man is both introspective and poignant, offering readers a glimpse into the complexities of human emotion. Turgenev's portrayal of Stepan is raw and authentic, making it easy for readers to empathize with his struggles and frustrations.

Overall, Contented Man is a thought-provoking tale that raises important questions about the nature of happiness and contentment. Turgenev's exploration of Stepan's internal conflict is both insightful and engaging, leaving readers with a deeper understanding of the complexities of the human experience.

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volunteers bring you 11 recordings of A Contented Man by Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev.
This was the Weekly Poetry project for September 5, 2021.
Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev was a Russian novelist, short story writer, poet, playwright, translator and popularizer of Russian literature in the West.
Constance Clara Garnett was an English translator of nineteenth-century Russian literature. She was the first English translator to render numerous volumes of Anton Chekhov's work into English. Altogether, she translated 71 volumes of Russian literature, many of which are still in print today. - Summary by Wikipedia

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