Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk In this powerful and brutal short story Leskov demonstrates the enduring truth of the Shakespearean archetype joltingly displaced to the heartland of Russia Chastened and stifled by her marriage of c

  • Title: Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk
  • Author: Nikolai Leskov Robert Chandler Gilbert Adair
  • ISBN: 9781843910688
  • Page: 254
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this powerful and brutal short story, Leskov demonstrates the enduring truth of the Shakespearean archetype joltingly displaced to the heartland of Russia Chastened and stifled by her marriage of convenience to a man twice her age, the young Katerina Lvovna goes yawning about the house, missing the barefoot freedom of her childhood, until she meets the feckless stewardIn this powerful and brutal short story, Leskov demonstrates the enduring truth of the Shakespearean archetype joltingly displaced to the heartland of Russia Chastened and stifled by her marriage of convenience to a man twice her age, the young Katerina Lvovna goes yawning about the house, missing the barefoot freedom of her childhood, until she meets the feckless steward Sergei Filipych Sergei proceeds to seduce Katerina, as he has done half the women in the town, not realizing that her passion, once freed, will attach to him so fiercely that Katerina will do anything to keep hold of him Journalist and prose writer Nikolai Leskov is known for his powerful characterizations and the quintessentially Russian atmosphere of his stories.

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    • Nikolai Leskov Robert Chandler Gilbert Adair

      also Nikolaj S LeskowNikolai LeskovNikolai LesskowNikolaj Sem novi Leskov Nikola Semenovich LeskovNikolai Ljeskow Nikolai Semyonovich Leskov Russian 16 February 1831 5 March 1895 was a Russian novelist, short story writer, playwright, and journalist who also wrote under the pseudonym M Stebnitsky Praised for his unique writing style and innovative experiments in form, and held in high esteem by Leo Tolstoy, Anton Chekhov and Maxim Gorky among others, Leskov is credited with creating a comprehensive picture of contemporary Russian society using mostly short literary forms His major works include Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk 1865 which was later made into an opera by Shostakovich , The Cathedral Clergy 1872 , The Enchanted Wanderer 1873 , and The Tale of Cross eyed Lefty from Tula and the Steel Flea 1881.Leskov was born at his parent s estate in Oryol Gubernia in 1831 He received his formal education at the Oryol Lyceum In 1847 Leskov joined the Oryol criminal court office, later transferring to Kiev where he worked as a clerk, attended university lectures, mixed with local people, and took part in various student circles In 1857 Leskov quit his job as a clerk and went to work for the private trading company Scott Wilkins owned by Alexander Scott, his aunt s English husband He spent several years traveling throughout Russia on company business It was in these early years that Leskov learned local dialects and became keenly interested in the customs and ways of the different ethnic and regional groups of Russian peoples His experiences during these travels provided him with material and inspiration for his future as a writer of fiction.Leskov s literary career began in the early 1860s with the publication of his short story The Extinguished Flame 1862 , and his novellas Musk Ox May 1863 and The Life of a Peasant Woman September, 1863 His first novel No Way Out was published under the pseudonym M Stebnitsky in 1864 From the mid 1860s to the mid 1880s Leskov published a wide range of works, including journalism, sketches, short stories, and novels Leskov s major works, many of which continue to be published in modern versions, were written during this time A number of his later works were banned because of their satirical treatment of the Russian Orthodox Church and its functionaries In his last years Leskov suffered from angina pectoris and asthma He died on 5 March 1895 He was interred in the Volkovo Cemetery in Saint Petersburg, in the section reserved for literary figures.

    903 thoughts on “Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

    • Αν κάτι παρακινεί την Κατερίνα Λβόβνα να ενεργήσει με τον τρόπο που περιγράφεται στο έργο αυτό πρέπει να είναι σίγουρα η πλήξη. Στην οπερατική εκδοχή της (υπάρχουν δύο για την ακρίβεια), από τον Shostakovich, υπάρχει στο ξεκίνημα του έργου ένα τραγούδι που λέει η ηρωίδα και αφορά α [...]

    • Κάτι μεταξύ παραμυθιού και δράματος, μια πολύ σύντομη ιστορία που θυμίζει έντονα Shakespeare, εξ ου και ο τίτλος, όχι μόνο σε περιεχόμενο αλλά και σε ποιότητα.

    • It was powerful and horrible. Didn't like it, the choices of the characters were horrible for everyone involved and, frankly speaking, unsatisfying. Deeply unsettling. A cautionary tale? Maybe.The genius of the author is unquestionable. Still, the subject is madly horrific. Basically, what the author has given us a glimpse of, is a total disrepect for human lives inherent to some people. Had these people undewent a psychiatric review, they would have blipped as 'born killers' with human identity [...]

    • Another beautiful book from the Hesperus Press. I so wax lyrical about the beauty of these editions I almost feel i should be earning commission but seriously, they are lovely. They are a press which focuses on making accessible, either through new translations or simply a new edition, what they state are 'unjustly neglected' or simply little known works by otherwise well-known authors. They are always small works, in this case the story itself is only 58 pages long, and this one is written by a [...]

    • No fancy pancy, no thousand adjectives and psychologic mambojambo. That is left to us. The book is well written, the story could be real. Mr Leskow leaves it to us to think about the psychology of his characters. - had Katharina a latent psychiatric disease?- is it her fault or is the society's? was it all because she wanted a better life for herself in a world where this was impossible if being a woman and poor?- is it a parabole - love makes us do crazy shit?- who do you hate more - Katharina [...]

    • okuyanus yayınlarının ex-libris serisi aslında biraz kıyıda köşede kalmış türkçeye çevrilmemiş ama zamanının önemli biraz daha gotik kitaplarını biraraya getiren bir seri. yazar Nikolai Leskov da 19. yy rus yazarlarının en az tanınanlarından. kıyıda köşede kalmış da olsa dilin sadeliği gerçek ve gerçeküstünün birbirine geçişleri -[konu biraz sıradan gelebilir; karı koca ilişkleri - ihanet-çıkar-para-kötülük vs.-] bence dikkate değer. zaten kısacık [...]

    • Full of passion, jealousy and obsession, this short story is highly interesting and enjoyable. Leskov's description of the emotional and moral dilemma, as well as the erotic frenzy, of the heroine is exceptional and realistic.

    • Сильная и страстная женская натура, восприимчивая к голосу не разума, а своей женской сути. Загадочная и сильная внутренне и внешне. Катерина, конечно, персонаж морально уродливый, но привлекательный своей силой страсти и женской похоти. Страшно такую встретить, но и пропу [...]

    • Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk is a short novella set in Russian province in the second half of 19th century. The subject matter is pretty powerful: passion, adultery, murder and betrayal. Yet, for all that, the book is very unsentimental and true to life. It is full of dark humour and the characters are very real and believable. It is a shame that it does not seem particularly well-known in the West, for it is, in my opinion, one of the best works in Russian literature.

    • Even better than I remember it to be! This story is packed with passion and crime, featuring the unforgettable character of Katerina. Brutal, fascinating, and simply excellent.*read in Russian

    • why do I always end up reading books which do nothing but squeeze and smash your heart?The title of this one should have been a clear warning. If you are called Macbeth you are up to no good. Besides, this is a Russian story and they always end Up bad's a trip back to a time when women were commodities and had no option but to pass from male to male, from father to husband, being considered just goods. Thus, Katerina finds herself married to a dull, weak Man who doubles her in age, and submitted [...]

    • 'Now and again in these parts you come across people so remarkable that, no matter how much time has passed since you met them, it is impossible to recall them without your heart trembling. One such person was Katerina Lvovna Izmailova, a merchant's wife who was once the centre of a drama so terrible that our local gentry, taking their cue from someone's light-hearted quip, took to calling her 'Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk.''what a dark little tale of desire and murder. very pleased to have found thi [...]

    • Although I have been aware of this short novella for many years, I was never particularly interested in reading it until the recent film version (which transfers the action to England). Still, one can definitely see why it has remained such a powerfully potent and nasty little gem, and Chandler's translation seems to do it full justice.

    • Add this book after seeing the interesting movie trailer. That, and I have a thing for Shakespeare, Russian literature and female murderers.

    • .Lido em Outubro de 2014STP.Para reler em simultâneo com O Ruído do Tempo de Julian Barnes

    • Esperaba mucho más, leí algo sobre que esta historia es de las mejores novelas rusas y maravillas varias sobre el autor pero no encontré nada de eso.

    • La protagonista le da rienda suelta a lado mas malvado de la naturaleza humana para tener lo que desea y no conocerá limites En fin, que puedo decir. no esperaba nada de la historia pero me gusto

    • This is a wonderful collection of four stories about the little people of Russia (serfs, manual labourers, monks, etc.) in the middle of the nineteenth century. The characters are at least two levels down in the social hierarchy from the Great Nobles portrayed by Tolstoy and at least one level down from the lower nobility and bourgeois who appear in Dostoyevsky's works. Thus it affords a great way for the reader to round out the picture of nineteenth century society by Russia's two most famous w [...]

    • Leskov didn’t invent the bored-housewives-gone-wild genre (Madame Bovary was published earlier.) Nor did he have the last word; Anna Karenina came later. But when it comes to in-your-face treatment, Leskov stands alone. Heck, I’d even put Katerina Lvovna, the so-called Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, ahead of the original Lady Macbeth. I could even see Karerina and Alexandra Forrest (the Glen Close character from “Fatal Attraction”) becoming BFFs; they’d get each other.The first sentence of t [...]

    • Eine von ihrem Mann gelangweilte, junge Ehefrau hat eine Affäre mit einem Knecht, was eine Reihe von Morden nach sich zieht. Das ist so ungewöhnlich grausam, und dabei so locker erzählt, die Figuren sprechen ein sehr blumiges, volkssprachliches Russisch, fast wie im Märchen. Die mörderische Konsequenz des Wunschs, etwas vom Leben zu haben. Die Erzählung gleitet völlig ab in Haß und Gewalt, großartig.

    • Perfectly tragic little novella. Right up there with Bunin and Turgenev, though not as descriptive. Recommended.

    • Wow, that was dramatic. Katerina can serve as an archetype for Russian women being ready to do anything for the sake of love.

    • At first, a victim of passion and naïveté; then with each turn of the chapter more calculating, more conniving, colder, and more brutal, until the ultimate sin. And then, the turn.The naïveté with Sergei begins to fall away, the cruelties endured, waiting for the right time, and in a calculated attack, exacts her ‘justice’ against Sergei and her own crimes. Brilliant.

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