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The Golovlyov Family [PDF / EPUB] The Golovlyov Family Searingly hot in the summer, bitterly cold in the winter, the ancestral estate of the Golovlyov family is the end of the road There Anna Petrovna rules with an iron hand over her servants and family u Searingly hot in the summer, bitterly cold in the winter, the ancestral estate of The Golovlyov Family is the end of the road There Anna Petrovna rules with an iron hand over her servants and family until she loses power to the relentless scheming of her hypocritical son Porphyry One of the great classic novels of Russian literature, The Golovlyov Family is a vivid picture of a condemned and isolated outpost The Golovlyov PDF/EPUB or of civilization that, for contemporary readers, will recall the otherwordly reality of Macondo in Gabriel Garc a M rquez s One Hundred Years of Solitude.


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    Gospoda Golovlyovy The Golovlyov Family novel, 1880 , Mikhail Yevgrafovich Saltykov ShchedrinThe Golovlyov Family is a novel by Mikhail Saltykov Shchedrin, written in the course of five years, first published in 1880 by Alexey Suvorin s publishing house, and generally regarded as the author s magnum opus.In the mid 19th century old fashioned estate based on serfdom laws and traditions, tough and shrewd Arina Petrovna tries her best to make her realm prosper and even expand Gospoda Golovlyovy The Golovlyov Family novel, 1880 , Mikhail Yevgrafovich Saltykov ShchedrinThe Golovlyov Family is a novel by Mikhail Saltykov Shchedrin, written in the course of five years, first published in 1880 by Alexey Suvorin s publishing house, and generally regarded as the author s magnum opus.In the mid 19th century old fashioned estate based on serfdom laws and traditions, tough and shrewd Arina Petrovna tries her best to make her realm prosper and even expand despite unwillingness of her husband and three of her four children to lend helping hands Ten years on, serfdom abolished, and now Porfiry Yudishka, the epitome of a corrupt, cruel hypocrite, becomes the heir to the estate Dullness and horrors of life, spent in destroying everybody around him, finally makes him to slowly realize things went somehow wrong Half mad, apparently, he goes to the cemetery to ask for forgiveness from his mother Arina Petrovna, and dies somewhere along his way, his frozen corpse found the next day 1976 1355 344 1395 417 9786004361729 19


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    We Russians have no strongly biased systems of education We are not drilled, we are not trained to be champions and propagandists of this or that set of moral principles but are simply allowed to grow as nettles grow by a fence This is why there are very few hypocrites among us and very many liars, bigots, and babblers There is no thrift there is greed To obtainandin order to have justthan the others There is no knowledge there are rumours, hearsay and superstitions We Russians have no strongly biased systems of education We are not drilled, we are not trained to be champions and propagandists of this or that set of moral principles but are simply allowed to grow as nettles grow by a fence This is why there are very few hypocrites among us and very many liars, bigots, and babblers There is no thrift there is greed To obtainandin order to have justthan the others There is no knowledge there are rumours, hearsay and superstitions There is no faith there is sanctimony It must not be imagined that Iudushka was a hypocrite in the same sense as Tartuffe or any modern French bourgeois who goes off into flights of eloquence on the subject of social morality No, he was a hypocrite of a purely Russian sort, that is, simply a man devoid of all moral standards, knowing no truth other than the copy book precepts He was pettifogging, deceitful, loquacious, boundlessly ignorant, and afraid of the devil All these qualities are merely negative and can supply no stable material for real hypocrisy And this atmosphere is stifling one can t exist in it, one simply suffocates There is no purpose and the living is empty And the only remedy for emptiness is drunkenness And the drunkenness is a straight road to ruination


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    Evil unaware of its own evil is in many ways the most insidious evil It surrounds us It infiltrates us It is in us It is a pervasive largely invisible miasma that is restless and tireless It is a relentless sociopathy It is a plague that can also, ironically, be funny, but if we re lucky only up to a point The socially maladapted boss who masks his awkwardness with trivial bloviating sparked here and there with bon mots and seemingly unintentionally sharp observations, giving the impressi Evil unaware of its own evil is in many ways the most insidious evil It surrounds us It infiltrates us It is in us It is a pervasive largely invisible miasma that is restless and tireless It is a relentless sociopathy It is a plague that can also, ironically, be funny, but if we re lucky only up to a point The socially maladapted boss who masks his awkwardness with trivial bloviating sparked here and there with bon mots and seemingly unintentionally sharp observations, giving the impression of a manifestation of a vital life force, can be funny and can supply his underlings with countless opportunities to titter behind his back, but he might also be satan incarnate, an embodiment of corporate non personhood who has not a drop of humanity in his veins, who would shrug off your terminal suffering as so much petty inconvenience and turn to count the number of coins he would gain by your death, and move on to the next scene of death and destruction unfazed These people are everywhere If we re lucky we will recognize them early and steer clear as much as is humanly possible, and close ourselves to them, while avoiding total cynicism, which is an anti viral embodiment of the very evil it scorns We can protect ourselves by constant awareness, and humanity, and productive application of our energies, as Saltykov did by harnessing his effervescent bile to produce this book This brand of evil that he offers us is everywhere, which is why I did not read The Golovlovs as satire or as caricature Judas, the almost unconsciously malicious patriarch of a slowly decaying estate, is as real to me as my own uncle, or my next door neighbor Saltykov spares nothing in his analytical skewering of this tragi comic bastard He fills his mouth with endless blather that is at first comic, but as its verbal virus spreads, and infects an entire family and house and landscape as it spreads, it becomes tragic Not tragic for Judas, necessarily, as by the end one has no sympathy for him if one ever did I admit to being blind and weak and having a shred of sympathy for him early but tragic for us, who can recognize in him people, and by extension impersonal institutions, we have to deal with daily So, yes, we laugh at him, as that is often the last refuge for victims, but it is a cringing, pain wracked laughter, and all we can say in the end is thank God there s vodka to eventually destroy such bastards


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    A kind of doom seems to hang over some families One notices it particularly among the class of small landowners scattered all over Russia who, having no work, no connection with public life, and no political importance, were at one time sheltered by serfdom, but now, with nothing to shelter them, are spending the remainder of their lives in their tumble down country houses Everything in those pitiful families existence both success and failure is blind, unexpected, haphazard321 The GA kind of doom seems to hang over some families One notices it particularly among the class of small landowners scattered all over Russia who, having no work, no connection with public life, and no political importance, were at one time sheltered by serfdom, but now, with nothing to shelter them, are spending the remainder of their lives in their tumble down country houses Everything in those pitiful families existence both success and failure is blind, unexpected, haphazard321 The Golovlyov Family centers on the ancestral estate of Golovlyovo and the various family members that spring out of it and return to it in order to die It is a dead place and, although Shchedrin chronicles their lives, the members of the Golovlyov family are dead from the very beginning dead before, and sometimes even while, they are alive That it all comes crumbling down when Arina Petrovna, the iron fisted matriarch, begins to lose her grip over the estate to her miserly and hypocritical son, Porphyry Vladimiritch nicknamed Iudushka or little Judas , is accidental they are doomed far in advance The novel is exceptionally bleak there is cruelty, alcoholism, despair, and suicide in abundance Yet strangely, one comes away from it all feeling uplifted not necessarily about one s own life, but about what one wants to do with it For, to end up like the Golovlyovs, is just too damn tragic James Wood writes in the introduction that The Golovlyov Family becomesmodern the older it gets I would agree, and add that this increasing modernity lends the novel a unique sense of timelessness It is also a brilliant study not only of hypocrisy, but also of the rationalizationsgenerally that people offer for their own reprehensible or downright petty behavior I can think of no other character in literature who was so off putting, and convincingly so, than Iudushka The fact that if we are really honest with ourselves we all have a little of little Judas in us, lends The Golovlyov Family an almost uncomfortable degree of psychological depthPeople of weak character find the external forms of life of great help in bearing its burdens In cases of difficulty they instinctively cling to those forms, finding in them a justification for themselves201


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    A 19th century masterpiece about a Russian family of landowners The psyshological drama and the descriptions of everyday life in the Russian countryside are among the strongest I ve ever come across The characters are built in the tradition of great archetypes, in particular that of the Miser see Moli re and Dickens It s one of those books that you can t put down, and which are entirely satisfying on an intellectual and emotional level The ending is pure Dostoevsky it has an unexpected ca A 19th century masterpiece about a Russian family of landowners The psyshological drama and the descriptions of everyday life in the Russian countryside are among the strongest I ve ever come across The characters are built in the tradition of great archetypes, in particular that of the Miser see Moli re and Dickens It s one of those books that you can t put down, and which are entirely satisfying on an intellectual and emotional level The ending is pure Dostoevsky it has an unexpected catharsis, in which the bad not to say evil characters attain a brief, saint like illumination through a symbolic, rather than plausible, repentance On top of this, the edition I have has gorgeous ink drawings by a certain Kukrynisky one name The Russian publisher is asking the book s readers to write them with their opinions on the novel, the book s design and the translation I wish I could do this, but I doubt they still exist or have the same address 36 years later


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    I imagine if Emile Zola were Russian he would have written something like this This is as close to Russian Naturalism as I have read This is pure misery, darker than the Dostoevsky and Tolstoy novels I ve read.I ve seen this described as satire at times This novel does stumble across some humor, a few moments are downright funny in fact, but for the most part it s like a sparkle in a torrent of mud, gone as soon as you see it and leaving you to wonder if it was really there Yeah, this is r I imagine if Emile Zola were Russian he would have written something like this This is as close to Russian Naturalism as I have read This is pure misery, darker than the Dostoevsky and Tolstoy novels I ve read.I ve seen this described as satire at times This novel does stumble across some humor, a few moments are downright funny in fact, but for the most part it s like a sparkle in a torrent of mud, gone as soon as you see it and leaving you to wonder if it was really there Yeah, this is really grim stuff.There s really no one here to root for, although there s some worth pitying In fact most of the characters die off fast, this is a chronicle of people dying, some of them die so quickly that you wonder if they were really integral to the story After they re gone, most of the novel centers around a simpering creep, the brother Porphyry, aka the Bloodsucker He is one of the most maddening creations I ve come across in literature A conniving, hypocritical, malefic schemer He will pick your back pocket while filling the air with empty words about God, prayer, faith and blah blah blahendlessly.When someone is in need he tells them to pray, and to pay up what they owe him, with interest He wants everything owed to him, down to the last, absurd, ridiculous scrap and spends all of his time telling everyone how great God is He idles away his time speculating on schemes that will never happen He had just begun a very complicated calculation how many rubles worth of milk could he sell a year if all the cows in the neighborhood die and only his, with God s help, remained alive, and produced twice as much milk as before There s some of that aforementioned humor.But he truly believes in his religion This means he can do no end of evil, and sleep well at night because of his faith He has no reason to do good, only to ask for forgiveness in perpetuity We spend the whole book hoping for his comeuppance.One theme that runs through this novel is just plain rural tedium and loneliness More than once he stopped before the window trying to fasten his wandering thought on something and to distract himself, but in vain It was early spring, but the trees were bare and there was not yet any new grass Black fields stretched in the distance with patches of white snow here and there in the hollows and low lying places The road was black with mud and shining with pools But he saw it all as through a mist The wet outbuildings were completely deserted, and yet all the doors were wide open in the house too there was no one within call, although the sound of doors banging was continually heard in the distance Descriptions like this run through the novel In some ways this novel reminded me of the English novels I have read which are set on desolate moors It gives the book a Gothic feel at times.The Golovlyov estate is a character in itself which consumes everyone it comes into contact with Even those who die far away from Golovlyov were wounded by the place and tainted forever.The character of Arina Petrovna, the matriarch of the family, is a bit like King Lear she divides up her property between her children and is then at their mercy The problem with the Golovlyov family is they have no familial compassion, they re idle drunks or they let their riches ruin them by not enjoying it at all It s reminiscent of the character of Trina in McTeague who seems to gain sexual gratification from touching her money, rolling on it, and putting it in her mouth Her thriftiness was a good thing tooup to a point.I m not sure what I didn t like about this novel exactly, the story is fairly interesting but the writing style failed to draw me in until the last third or so That said, I will admit, the character of Porphyry is very well written I have not hated a character in literature so deeply since Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights By the way, I really liked Wuthering Heights, but I found it cruel, miserable, cold, windy, angry, bitter not romantic If it was romantic I wouldn t have liked it At the time I read it I recall making a note in a margin in reference to Heathcliff Will someone please kill this son of a bitch So much for romance Anyway by comparison Porphyry is awful too, but in a farbelievable way, he, like this novel is a slow burn, I dare say this novel ismature, less filled with extreme passions, just depressing and hopeless


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    One of the grimmest books I ve ever read There is no letup from the unhappy, dispiriting events in the novel, the author s wicked satire on a landed gentry family in the pre and post serfdom years in 19th century Russia and the eventual failures of its members The matriarch of the family, the grasping Arina Petrovna, rules with an iron hand, but upon her death is finally displaced by her son and heir, Porfyry Vladimiritch, the perfect archetype of a hypocrite, especially religious hypocrisy, One of the grimmest books I ve ever read There is no letup from the unhappy, dispiriting events in the novel, the author s wicked satire on a landed gentry family in the pre and post serfdom years in 19th century Russia and the eventual failures of its members The matriarch of the family, the grasping Arina Petrovna, rules with an iron hand, but upon her death is finally displaced by her son and heir, Porfyry Vladimiritch, the perfect archetype of a hypocrite, especially religious hypocrisy, that gives him the excuse for his greed, laziness, and cruelty towards all, particularly family members One by one each dies, most either by suicide or by succumbing to drink, leaving Porfyry alone in his fantasy world, but for a niece This bloodsucker and manipulator gets his comeuppance on Good Friday in the night Good touch of the author, that Not an enjoyable book, but one I m glad to have read


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    My review is for the terrific 1961 Signet version, The Golovlovs, translated by the unfortunately named Andrew MacAndrew I get the feeling from comments here that the NYRB translation doesn t properly capture the novel The Golovlovs is not gloomy but often riotously funny, perhaps the best black comic Russian novel I ve read It is also not about an evil family, but an extremely conniving and greedy one, and the fact that the family members are quite pious in their way adds to the humor A My review is for the terrific 1961 Signet version, The Golovlovs, translated by the unfortunately named Andrew MacAndrew I get the feeling from comments here that the NYRB translation doesn t properly capture the novel The Golovlovs is not gloomy but often riotously funny, perhaps the best black comic Russian novel I ve read It is also not about an evil family, but an extremely conniving and greedy one, and the fact that the family members are quite pious in their way adds to the humor Arina Petrovna, the fiery old matriarch, has become one of my favorite female characters in all of literature


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    Here we have the episodic misadventures of the Golovlyov family, somewhat centered on Little Judas , the greedy and tight fisted tsar or star of this accursed clan From proud landowners to paragons of avarice, we are witness to their downfall, slow and incremental true, but downfall nonetheless.Almost every page is infused with doom and gloom , adversity follows calamity follows catastrophe Saying I enjoyed it is misleading, there is nothing enjoyable in this bleak Russian classic.Porfiry Here we have the episodic misadventures of the Golovlyov family, somewhat centered on Little Judas , the greedy and tight fisted tsar or star of this accursed clan From proud landowners to paragons of avarice, we are witness to their downfall, slow and incremental true, but downfall nonetheless.Almost every page is infused with doom and gloom , adversity follows calamity follows catastrophe Saying I enjoyed it is misleading, there is nothing enjoyable in this bleak Russian classic.Porfiry, otherwise known as Little Judas, is a sneaky little bastard and he does sneaky little bastard things fake praying for the sake of appearances, manipulating circumstances for his benefit, withholding or leaking information to suit his needs, stealing just about everything that is not bolted down and so on and so forth An iron fisted mother, a drunk brother, two naive nieces, a weak willed mistress and many, many others are included in the long list of his victims.Our little Porfiry is quite the endearing character, I m glad I got to know him


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    ENGLISH This novel tells of the disintegration of a noble family in Russia, just after the abolition of serfdom One after another, the family members die in sad circumstances alcoholic, by suicide, on the way to prison in Siberia, or destroyed by debauchery.Almost the last to die is a kind of Tartuffe called the bloodsucker or Little Judas With his death during a blizzard, the family ends and their possessions pass to a remote relative, who was waiting impatiently.ESPA OL Esta novela cu ENGLISH This novel tells of the disintegration of a noble family in Russia, just after the abolition of serfdom One after another, the family members die in sad circumstances alcoholic, by suicide, on the way to prison in Siberia, or destroyed by debauchery.Almost the last to die is a kind of Tartuffe called the bloodsucker or Little Judas With his death during a blizzard, the family ends and their possessions pass to a remote relative, who was waiting impatiently.ESPA OL Esta novela cuenta la desintegraci n de una familia noble en Rusia justo despu s de la abolici n de la servidumbre Uno tras otro, los miembros de la familia van muriendo en tristes circunstancias alcoholizados, por suicidio, de camino a la c rcel en Siberia, o destruidos por la mala vida.Quien sobrevive hasta el final es una especie de Tartufo al que llaman el chupasangre o Juditas Con su muerte durante una ventisca se acaba la familia, y sus posesiones pasan a una pariente remota que lo estaba esperando impaciente


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