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Sergei Aksakov (1791–1859)

Autor(a) de A Russian Gentleman

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About the Author

A close friend of Nikolai Gogol, Aksakov came from the old landholding nobility. His family background became the subject for a series of reminiscences written late in life. Their objective and precise description of the often brutal provincial existence, their insight and honesty about human mostrar mais psychology, as well as their eventful narratives have made them enduring classics of nineteenth-century prose. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras de Sergei Aksakov

A Russian Gentleman (1917) 273 cópias, 1 resenha
A Russian Schoolboy (1856) 78 cópias, 1 resenha
The Scarlet Flower: A Russian Folk Tale (1976) 76 cópias, 4 resenhas
Years of Childhood (1858) 66 cópias, 1 resenha
Semejnaja hronika (2013) 4 cópias
Izbrannoe 2 cópias

Associated Works

The Portable Nineteenth-Century Russian Reader (1993) — Autor, algumas edições206 cópias, 1 resenha
Rod and line (1929) — Contribuinte, algumas edições35 cópias
The Scarlet Flower [1952 film] (1952) — Original story — 2 cópias


Conhecimento Comum

Nome de batismo
Aksakov, Sergei Timofeevich
Outros nomes
Аксаков, Сергей Тимофеевич
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Local de enterro
Novodevichy Cemetery, Moscow, Russia
Local de nascimento
Ufa, Russia
Local de falecimento
Moscow, Russia
Locais de residência
Moscow, Russia
Abramtsevo, Russia
Kazan University
Gogol, Nikolai (friend & mentor)
Aksakova, Vera (daughter)
Aksakov, Konstatin Sergeyevich (son)
Aksakov, Ivan Sergeyevich (son)
Pequena biografia
Sergei Aksakov was a 19th-century Russian literary figure remembered for his semi-autobiographical tales of family life, as well as his books on hunting and fishing. Born in Ufa, Russia in 1791, he was educated at the Kazan Gymnasium and then, in 1805 (in the first year after its founding), at Kazan University. Aksakov worked briefly in government service, from 1807 through 1811, before resigning and moving from St. Petersburg to Moscow. He volunteered for the militia and took part in the Campaign of 1812, before retiring to his family estate. In 1826 he moved to Moscow again, and worked for the Moscow Censorship Committee (1827-1832), before becoming an inspector at the Grand Duke Constantine School of Surveying in 1833, and the first director of the Constantine Geodetic Institute in 1835. He retired from the civil service in 1838.

Aksakov began publishing translations, reviews, and articles in the early 1820s. In 1832 he met Gogol, and became a devoted follower of the writer, whom he deemed a "a purely Russian genius." Gogol encouraged Aksakov in writing A Family Chronicle, which he began in 1840 and published in the late 1850s. In between he wrote and published the popular Notes on Fishing (1847) and Notes of a Hunter in Orenburg Province (1852). Gogol wrote Aksakov, in relation to these works, that "Your birds and fishes are more alive than my men and women." A member of the Slavophile movement, Aksakov hosted such authors as Gogol, Turgenev, and Tolstoy at his home in Abramtsevo. His sons, Konstantin and Ivan, were also notable members of the Slavophile movement, and his daughter, Vera Aksakova, was a well-known author. Aksakov died in 1859.



Transports you back to 1799 Russia; in a vivid and simply written narrative, Aksakov recalls being sent away from his beloved family home to a distant boarding school. A harsh awakening, hysterical (?) episodes, his devoted mother travels to fetch him home...and a scarcely credible scene (to the 21st century reader) of having to get the school governor's permission before she can remove him in an almost law court type of hearing!
After a year at home - Aksakov recalls the scenery and the field sports - he returns to school and makes a better show of it this time round, shining at literature, and becoming massively interested in the theatre.
Very well written.
… (mais)
starbox | May 21, 2019 |
Hm.  Sorry, I didn't care for this so much.  Diodorov's illustrations are not to my taste, and distracted me from the text.  The text was too long for the story it told, and too long for a picture book, but too short for consideration for a chapter book, imo.  And the girl never had a name.  If the many instances of the merchant's young daughter, the rare beauty" were abbreviated to 'Beauty' or "Flora" or something, it would have been a much shorter book.  I mean, after a couple dozen references, she's not so "rare" anymore....  However, it's a strong story, and Aksakov never did anything to ruin it, so, three stars overall."… (mais)
Cheryl_in_CC_NV | outras 3 resenhas | Jun 6, 2016 |
This and the succeeding two volumes in the author's Family Chronicle trilogy form one of the masterpieces of 19th century Russian literature, largely overlooked outside Russia itself. A lightly-fictionalised account of the life of his grandfather around the turn of the 18th/19th centuries, Aksakov wrote the book half a century after the events he describes in it happened, and from the accounts of family members and others, since his grandfather died not long after the author was born. Neverthe less it is utterly alive and is an extraordinary evocation of the life of rural Russia at this time.… (mais)
2 vote
martin1400 | Aug 2, 2013 |
Surely one of the great neglected masterpieces of 19th century Russian literature. This and its companion volumes in the author's Family Chronicle trilogy are a truly remarkable account of life in provincial Russia in the early part of that century, seen through the eyes of a child but filtered through the consciousness of the adult Aksakov writing it down half a century later. Both passionate and perceptive, with wit and irony, he re-creates through the life of the growing child the world of the small rural gentry and peasantry in both its detail and its overall culture in a way that allows the reader to feel what it was like to be there at that time living that life.… (mais)
martin1400 | Aug 2, 2013 |



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