Ivan Turgenev, Zapiski okhotnika [A Sportsman's Sketches; Sketches from a Hunter's Album]

Richard Peace (University of Bristol)
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In 1847 the journal



The Contemporary

] was taken over by more radically inclined editors, who turned to Turgenev for a contribution. He responded with the short sketch “Khor' and Kalinych”. This was the beginning of the collection later known as


okhotnika [A

Sportsman's Sketches

, or

Sketches from a Hunter's Album

], twenty-one of which were published in

The Contemporary

between 1847 and 1851. In January of 1847 Turgenev went abroad for three and a half years, so that almost all the sketches were written outside Russia, and like Gogol, who in

Dead Souls

viewed serf-owning Russia from his “beautiful distance”, Turgenev saw this as an advantage: “Inevitably it was necessary for me to separate myself from my enemy, in order that from my very distance I could…

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Citation: Peace, Richard. "Zapiski okhotnika". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 06 December 2004 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=11246, accessed 12 June 2024.]

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