The Torrents of Spring

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Despite its fictional overlay, Torrents of Spring is inspired by the events of Turgenev’s life during his 1838-1841 tour of the German States. Although Fathers and Sons remains Turgenev’s most famous novel, Torrents of Spring is significant in its revealing of the author’s life, thoughts, and most intimate emotions.

It was written by Ivan Turgenev during 1870 and 1871 when he was in his fifties. The story centers around a young Russian landowner named Dimitry Sanin who falls deliriously in love for the first time while visiting the German city of Frankfurt. It is widely held as one Turgenev’s greatest novels as well as being highly autobiographical in nature.

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