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The Glupovites

Virginia Llewellyn Smith, 4 September 1980

The History of a Town 
by Mikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin, translated by I.P. Foote.
William Meeuws, 192 pp., £9, March 1980, 0 902672 33 9
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... the bad time by literally swallowing the source of their contentment. The author of this fable, Mikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin (1826-89), was much concerned with heads, with the stuff inside them, and with their relationship to the body; and the discomfiting episode of the truffle-stuffed head reflects a profound and bleak analysis of the relationship of ...

Am I right to be angry?

Malcolm Bull: Superfluous Men, 2 August 2018

Age of Anger: A History of the Present 
by Pankaj Mishra.
Penguin, 416 pp., £9.99, February 2018, 978 0 14 198408 7
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... that of the forgotten white working class in the US and Europe. In The Golovlyov Family (1880), Mikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin describes how after the abolition of serfdom a sort of doom hung over the minor gentry as ‘divorced from the stream of life, and without a position of leadership … they simply sit on their ramshackle estates, waiting to ...

A Soft Pear

Tom Crewe: Totally Tourgenueff, 21 April 2022

A Nest of Gentlefolk and Other Stories 
by Ivan Turgenev, translated by Jessie Coulson.
Riverrun, 568 pp., £9.99, April 2020, 978 1 5294 0405 0
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Love and Youth: Essential Stories 
by Ivan Turgenev, translated by Nicolas Pasternak Slater and Maya Slater.
Pushkin, 222 pp., £12, October 2020, 978 1 78227 601 2
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... the Goncourts, Heine and Whitman, and, in the other, Gogol, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Goncharov, Saltykov-Shchedrin, Mussorgsky and Tchaikovsky.1 His piece about Troppmann, describing a French execution for a Russian audience, but criticising the death penalty as it operated in both countries, is an example of this transnational advocacy.‘You know a lot ...

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