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A Lear of the Steppes and Other Stories

Ivan Turgenev
Translated by Constance Garnett
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Martin Petrovitch, believing he has dreamed of his own impending death, transfers ownership of his estate to his two daughters. Turgenev’s short story version of Shakespeare’s King Lear, follows his protagonist from that fatalistic submission to the cataclysm of cruelty, betrayal and violence that follows.

Three tales written by Turgenev in Constance Garnett’s classic 1898 translation: A Lear of the Steppes, Faust and Acia. With an introduction by Edward Garnett.


Born in Orel in central Russia in 1818 Ivan Turgenev studied at the universities in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Berlin and worked briefly for the civil service before turning to writing. He wrote several novels that examined the social, political and philosophical issues of the time as well as many plays and short stories. Living mainly in Baden-Baden and Paris…

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