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To me it’s more impressive to tell a simple story well than it is to tell an exciting one well.

Turgenev’s novel here is a very simple story, but his ability to keep you interested in what’s going on, to tease out details slowly and carefully (such as the masterstroke of not telling us what Sanin looks like until after we’ve met everyone else) is what makes him the greatest of the Russian novelists.