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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (97 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ivan Turgenev Narrator: Stuart Langton Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Written by one of Russia’s literary masters, Smoke is both a poignant love story and a brilliant socio-political study. Marked with a barbed wit and a visionary modernism, it became the center of a famous philosophical breach between Turgenev and Dostoevsky.

On the brink of marriage, Grigorii Litvinov visits the fashionable European spa of Baden-Baden, a scene dominated by the Russian upper classes. Among them is the beautiful Irina Osinin, Litvinov’s first love, to whom he was engaged ten years earlier. Litvinov’s struggle with a nostalgic passion is set against the background of a society pulled both toward and against change as it feels the influence of the West.

A sensitive and intelligent commentary on human nature, Turgenev’s Smoke endures for its high aesthetic standards and its universal qualities of understanding.

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  • “Enthusiasts of strong social and political commentary couched in novel format will appreciate this story…An excellent story of change permeating into all levels of society.”

    Midwest Book Review

  • “Turgenev ridicules with a most exquisite sensibility the politics of the royals and upper crust.”


Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Phyllis | 6/13/2013

    " The last of this series, this is the best...well written, you can see the maturity in her early writing here... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sally | 1/23/2013

    " Great mystery, even if it's a little long. Loved the cult, THE NEW DAY, right? Will read more Lisa Ungar, if only the later novels. . . . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Linda | 8/13/2012

    " Nice read but not as well written as some of her later books. Nonetheless, good story and I would read another in this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Roslyn | 11/13/2011

    " Good story, but much too long. Dragged at times. "

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