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…Vavara Petrovna, Turgenev’s mother, had her office furnished like a court of law, with her portrait behind the dais in a pose reminiscent of Catherine The Great. Here the serfs were dealt rough, often irrational judgement for the smallest transgression. … Continue reading
“Debauchery,” the Goncourts wrote in 1861,”is perhaps an act of despair in the face of infinity.” …The Goncourts wrote prolifically in every genre, but they never had the kind of success they so desperately wanted. They were less admired than … Continue reading
…As it turned out, however, it was none of these things that rescued the Goncourts from “oblivion.” It was, rather, their Journals — the scandalous, vain, vengeful, brutally honest diaries in which the two brothers, and then Edmond alone, wrote … Continue reading
It was an age often out of character but never out of characters. A new element was in the air: doubt. The Age of Reason had unbolted one of the doors of intellectual history. From that time on, man has … Continue reading