Robert Dessaix has had his own forty-year relationship with Turgenev and his work, first as a student of Russian in both Melbourne and Moscow, then as a tutor, and now as an old friend. Dessaix has come to see Turgenev's life and work as illustrating a turning point in the history of love, as much as the history of Russia - the moment the Romantic became the Modern, the moment love became sex, and sex became a commodity.
In a truly remarkable work of memoir, literary biography and travel writing - a cultural and physical exploration - Robert Dessaix has found the pulse that quickened Turgenev's age, and that has failed in ours.
About the Author
Robert Dessaix is a writer, interviewer, translator and broadcaster. From 1985 to 1995, after teaching Russian language and literature for many years at the Australian National University and the University of NSW, he presented the weekly Books and Writing program on the ABC Radio National. His best-known books, all translated into several European languages, are his autobiography A Mother's Disgrace, the novels Night Letters and Corfu, and a collection of essays and short stories (and so forth). He has also published translations of works by Dostoyevsky and Turgenev, and his translations of plays by Anton Chekhov have been produced in theatres around Australia.
Number Of Pages: 275
Published: 1st January 2007
Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 13.0 x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.246