By Edmund Wilson
My development of the pdf uploaded by way of chef (despecked b/w, OCR'd, bookmarked, dossier dimension 1/4, his announcemet copied).
Russian Language 3
Gogol: The Demon within the Overgrown backyard 38
Seeing Chekhov simple 52
Turgenev and the Life-Giving Drop 68
Sukhovo-Kobylin: "Who Killed the French Woman?" 148
Notes on Tolstoy 161
Notes on Pushkin 185
A Little Museum of Russian Language 197
The unusual Case of Pushkin and Nabokov 209
Svetlana and Her Sisters 238
The glory of the past due Edmund Wilson, as Frank Kermode remarked, has continuously been "his skill to spot, no matter if he couldn't thoroughly describe, the master-spirit of an age." different critics are extra analytic or extra systematic, yet none really fit Wilson's clutch of tradition and background, of activities and males. In A Window on Russia, which Wilson modestly calls "a handful of disconnected items, written at a number of occasions while I occurred to have an interest within the quite a few authors," we come across that infrequent excitement of getting into a dwelling international the place the useless hand of academia by no means casts its shadow. actual, the essays are asymmetric, the sooner surveys of Gogol and Chekhov, for example, are moderate affairs, with no the variety and poignancy of Wilson's reports of Turgenev and Tolstoy and Pushkin. real, he's no phrasemaker. He tells us that "Gorky rightly acknowledged that Tolstoy and God have been like bears in a single den," and there's not anything in his personal comments on Tolstoy that equals the pithiness of Gorky's comment. but how memorably Wilson builds up a personality, an period; how interesting are his fussy facts and leisurely summaries; how simply he makes his issues: the bureaucrats who flourish lower than the Soviets as they did below the Tsars, the peasants that suffer from one regime to a different, the depression authors who universally depression of Russia but can't endure to be parted from her. integrated within the present miscellany is the recognized controversy among Nabokov and Wilson over Evgeni Onegin, which first seemed within the ny evaluate, and rather perfect chapters on Svetlana and Solzhenitsyn which seemed within the New Yorker.