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The Diary of a Superfluous Man

The Diary of a Superfluous Man by Ivan S. Turgenev

The Diary of a Superfluous Man by Ivan S. Turgenev is a poignant and introspective exploration of the life of a man who feels disconnected and alienated from the world around him. The protagonist, a sensitive and intellectual young man, struggles to find his place in society and navigate the complexities of human relationships.

Turgenev's prose is beautifully crafted, with lyrical descriptions and insightful observations that capture the emotional turmoil and existential crises of the main character. The diary format of the novel allows for an intimate and candid glimpse into the protagonist's inner thoughts and feelings, making it a compelling and engaging read.

The themes of alienation, yearning for meaning, and the search for identity are profoundly explored in this novel, resonating with readers who have experienced similar feelings of displacement and uncertainty in their own lives. The Diary of a Superfluous Man is a timeless classic that offers a deep and thought-provoking reflection on the nature of human existence and the struggle to find purpose and fulfillment in a world that often feels indifferent and incomprehensible.

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Turgenev’s shy hero, Tchulkaturin, is a representative example of a Russian archetype – the “superfluous man”, a sort of Hamlet not necessarily dignified with the title Prince: an individual of comfortable means leading a dreary existence, without purpose and led on by events which may, as in this story, engulf him. The novella takes the form of a diary started by Tchulkaturin in the shock of being diagnosed as having a terminal illness. The journal entries cover a period of two weeks, leading to his death. Tchulkaturin quickly homes in on the only significant event in his life – an unreciprocated falling-in-love leading haphazardly to a non-fatal duel that leaves him desolated and fully conscious of the futility of his inactive existence.

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 1 review)

Reviewer: - September 14, 2015
Very enjoyable!

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