• The Modern Scholar

  • The Giants of Russian Literature: Turgenev, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy and Chekhov
  • By: Liza Knapp
  • Narrated by: Liza Knapp
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Lecture
  • Release date: 10-27-08
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Recorded Books
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.0 (72 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Russian literature of the 19th century is among the richest, most profound, and most human traditions in the world. This course explores this tradition by focusing on four giants: Ivan Turgenev, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Leo Tolstoy, and Anton Chekhov. Their works had an enormous impact on Russian understanding of the human condition. And, just as importantly, these works have been one of Russia's most significant exports: Turgenev, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and Chekhov have become part of our literary heritage. And our understanding of the novel is based in large part on the masterpieces of Dostoevsky and Tolstoy, while Chekhov has defined modern notions of the short story. In this course, Knapp acquaints you with the authors, their lives and their times, and their most important works.
©2006 Liza Knapp; (P)2006 Recorded Books
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5 out of 5 stars
By D.P. on 09-25-11

beautifully wrought

Where does The Modern Scholar rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

the final lecture of this course is a beautifully wrought, profound, discussion on, not only the uniqueness of Russian literature, but also the human condition. Dr. Knapp is a rare academic: her lectures are transcendent and provide, thru the lens of these great Russians, illuminations on what is means to be a human being.

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4 out of 5 stars
By MirMirOnTheWall on 07-17-09

Great lecture-very interesting!

Aroused my interest, concise, interesting, and easy to follow whether or not you've read these classics.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Abi on 10-20-10

Interesting and Informative

The narrator is pleasant to listen to and the content is good. No prior knowledge of Russian literature is assumed but the author gives the info without being patronizing. It's a good introduction and helps the listener get a bit more out of the novels.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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