Diary of a Superfluous Man

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W. W. Norton & Company, Jul 1, 1999 - Fiction - 79 pages
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When Turgenev published Diary of a Superfluous Man in 1850, he created one of the first literary portraits of the alienated man. Turgenev once said that there was a great deal of himself in the unsuccessful lovers who appear in his fiction. This failure, along with painful self-consciousness, is a central fact for the ailing Chulkaturin in this melancholy tale. As he reflects on his life, he tells the story of Liza, whom he loved, and a prince, whom she loved instead, and the curious turns all their lives took.

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User Review  - jeffome - LibraryThing

St. Barts 2013 #8 - Very short novella involving the recollections of a young man as he prepares to die of illness, all centering on one dramatic (for him) instance of unrequited love. A rather timid ... Read full review

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User Review  - wrmjr66 - LibraryThing

This is a moving novella. The premise is that the diarist is on his deathbed and resolves to write about his life to prove that he is superfluous. He doesn't make it far before he gets to the issue ... Read full review

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David Patterson is professor of English at Oklahoma State University and translator of Tolstoy's The Forged Coupon, also available in Norton paperback.

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