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Bicentennial of Turgenev’s birth an ideal time to read a classic

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The season is autumn. A young woman from a poor farming village waits for her lover in a quiet forest after the rain. When he shows up, he acts with cool disinterest, having already made up his mind to dump her. His parting words are, "I'm leaving for the big city tomorrow."

The above is a scene from the Russian novel "The Tryst" by Ivan Turgenev (1818-1883).

When author Futabatei Shimei (1864-1909) published a Japanese translation of this novel in 1888, many young aspiring writers were swept off their feet. They included such would-be literary greats as Tayama Katai (1872-1930), Kunikida Doppo (1871-1908) and Shimazaki Toson........

© The Asahi Shimbun