Download the Free Fishpond App!
Download on the App Store

Android App on Google play
Twilight of Love: Travels with Turgenev

Already own it?

Sell Yours
Home » Books » Biography » General

Twilight of Love

Travels with Turgenev

By Robert Dessaix

RRP $49.99 $4.94   Save $45.05 (90%)SmartSell Bargain
Price includes NZ wide delivery!
Condition: As New
In stock at a supplier\'s warehouse
Fast shipping available; Buy in the next 37 mins, we ship tomorrow
New or Used: 5 copies from $4.94
Order now for Christmas delivery
Rating:
 
Register or sign-in to rate and get recommendations.
Format: Hardback, 336 pages
Published In: Australia, 01 September 2004
Following in the footsteps of the Russian writer Ivan Turgenev through Germany, France and finally Russia, author Robert Dessaix talks to his readers not just about this superb novelist and his books, but about his own growing kinship with Turgenev over the years and his lifelong passion for Russia, where Dessaix spent some of his student years. At one level the book is an intimate journal of Robert Dessaix's travels to Baden-Baden, Paris, Moscow, St Petersburg and the estate Turgenev grew up on in the south of Russia. On another level, circling around Turgenev's main obsessions, it is about all the things that have turned Robert Dessaix's life into an unexpected adventure.

Reviews

Dessaix, a well-known Australian literary historian who has previously written on Ivan Turgenev (Turgenev: The Quest for Faith), here explores the nature of the novelist's lifelong love for French opera singer Pauline Viardot. The star of the book, however, is not Turgenev, but Dessaix himself, who attempts to find bridges in time to the footholds of Turgenev's life so that he can better understand his subject's experiences and emotions. As a biography, the book is impressionistic and speculative, qualities that make it easier to imagine Turgenev than to learn about him. But imagining a great Russian novelist over a century dead is no mean feat, and ultimately Dessaix is successful at taking us with him on his travels. Twilight of Love is actually the only biography in English that takes place within the lifespan of Turgenev's love. Particularly because of its focus on Turgenev's relationship with Viardot, it should be included in all college and university libraries specializing in Russian studies or Russian literature.-Maria Kochis, California State Univ., Sacramento Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Dessaix, an Australian writer, scholar and radio presenter, may not be well known in America, but this enchanting memoir of his search for the soul of Russian writer Turgenev (1818-1883) could raise his profile. Growing up in Australia in the 1950s, Dessaix unaccountably fell in love with the Russian masters and ended up studying at Moscow University and teaching Russian language and literature. His passion for Turgenev developed over some 30 years. Feeling the urge to know his old friend better, Dessaix set out to visit Turgenev's various homes in Germany, France and Russia. Like other scholars, Dessaix was perplexed by the writer's love life; his passion for married opera singer Pauline Viardot led him into a lifelong triangle with her and her husband. As Dessaix admits, "[I]f I could find the right word for what Turgenev felt, perhaps the love my own life is rooted in would grow even more luxuriantly." While the problem of irrational love in a world of reason is the dominant theme, Dessaix's work explores much more: Russian theology, the experience of being far away and therefore barbarian in European eyes, the modern confusion of the erotic with the sexual, and of course, the problem of death. Agent, Australian Literary Management. (Aug.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

EAN: 9780330364997
ISBN: 0330364995
Publisher: Picador Australia
Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.3 x 2 centimetres (0.40 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years

Special Offer! Buy any SmartSell items with a SmartSell Bargain message and save:
  • 3 for $10 ($3.33 per item)
  • 5 for $15 ($3 per item)
  • 10 for $25 ($2.50 per item)
  • 11+ for only $2.50 per item

Tell a friend

Their Email:

Sell Yours

Already own this item?
Sell Yours and earn some cash. It's fast and free to list! (Learn More.)

Review this Product

BAD GOOD
 

Related Searches

 

Webmasters, Bloggers & Website Owners

You can earn a 5% commission by selling Twilight of Love: Travels with Turgenev on your website. It's easy to get started - we will give you example code. After you're set-up, your website can earn you money while you work, play or even sleep!

 

Authors/Publishers

Are you the Author/Publisher? Improve sales by submitting additional information on this title.