The Diary of a Superfluous Man and Other Stories
'That night I went home to my lodgings in a state of perfect ecstasy ...I felt supremely happy, and was already making all sorts of plans in my head. ... Show synopsis 'That night I went home to my lodgings in a state of perfect ecstasy ...I felt supremely happy, and was already making all sorts of plans in my head. If someone had whispered in my ear then: 'You're raving, my dear chap! That's not a bit what's in store for you. What's in store for you is to die all alone, in a wretched little cottage, amid the insufferable grumbling of an old hag who will await your death with impatience to sell your boots for a few coppers ...!" Turgenev's hopeless protagonist, at the end of his life, can only truthfully define himself as 'superfluous', and relates the tale of the failed romance that confirmed him in that unfortunate opinion. Turgenev's virtuosic account of a man thoroughly undermined by himself, tormented by jealousy and love, but who is, ultimately, nothing more than superfluous.This volume of five tales also includes "A Tour in the Forest", "Yakov Pasinkov", "Andrei Kolosov" and "A Correspondence", in Constance Garnett's classic 1899 translation.