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Sportsman's Sketches

Ivan S. Turgenev (1818-1883)

1. HOR AND KALINITCH
2. YERMOLAÏ AND THE MILLER'S WIFE
3. RASPBERRY SPRING
4. THE DISTRICT DOCTOR
5. MY NEIGHBOUR RADILOV
6. THE PEASANT PROPRIETOR OVSYANIKOV
7. LGOV
8. BYEZHIN PRAIRIE
9. KASSYAN OF FAIR SPRINGS
10. THE AGENT
11. THE COUNTING-HOUSE
12. BIRYUK
13. TWO COUNTRY GENTLEMEN
14. LEBEDYAN
15. TATYANA BORISSOVNA AND HER NEPHEW
16. DEATH
17. THE SINGERS
18. PIOTR PETROVITCH KARATAEV
19. THE TRYST
20. THE HAMLET OF THE SHTCHIGRI DISTRICT
21. TCHERTOP-HANOV AND NEDOPYUSKIN
22. THE END OF TCHERTOP-HANOV, Part I
23. THE END OF TCHERTOP-HANOV, Part II
24. A LIVING RELIC
25. THE RATTLING OF WHEELS
26. EPILOGUE: THE FOREST AND THE STEPPE

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    A Sportsman's Sketches (Russian: Записки охотника; also known as The Hunting Sketches and Sketches from a Hunter's Album) was an 1852 collection of short stories by Ivan Turgenev. It was the first major writing that gained him recognition. He wrote this collection of short stories based on his own observations while hunting at his mother’s estate at Spasskoye, where he learned of the abuse of the peasants and the injustices of the Russian system that constrained them. The frequent abuse of Turgenev by his mother certainly had an effect on this work. The stories were first published in The Contemporary with each story separate before appearing in 1852 in book form. He was about to give up writing when the first story, "Khor and Kalinich," was well received. This work is part of the Russian realist tradition in that the narrator is usually an uncommitted observer of the people he meets.