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Family of Noblemen

Mikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin

Meet the Golovliovs, the ultimate dysfunctional family. In the difficult transition years before and after the liberation of Russia’s serfs, the Golovliovs are a gentry family ill-equipped to face the adaptations necessary in the new social order. Petty, back-biting, greedy, rigid, ignorant, and cruel, their personalities are captured in the array of nicknames they themselves give each other: The Hag, Little Judas, Simple Simon, Pavel the Sneak, the Orphans, the Blood-Sucker. They hate each other ferociously and utterly despise the peasants around them, who are gradually awakening to the potentialities of their new freedoms. In this most famous of Saltykov-Shchedrin’s novels, there is a keen sympathy toward the plight of women caught in the complexities of social change: Anninka and Lubinka, the aristocratic orphans who, seeking independence, recklessly cast themselves into the bohemian life; the matriarch Arina Petrovna, whose desperately vigorous administration of the estate leads to an exhilarating but only temporary stability; the peasant girl Yevpraksia, who is resistlessly taken by the loathsome Porfiry Vladimirych as his mistress. Far from a piece of social propaganda, A Family of Noblemen shows a subtle portraiture of the complex characters and convoluted circumstances of the time. (Expatriate)

Meet the Golovliovs, the ultimate dysfunctional family. In the difficult transition years before and after the liberation of Russia’s serfs, the Golovliovs are a gentry family ill-equipped to face the adaptations necessary in the new social order. Petty, back-biting, greedy, rigid, ignorant, and cruel, their personalities are captured in the array of nicknames they themselves give each other: The Hag, Little Judas, Simple Simon, Pavel the Sneak, the Orphans, the Blood-Sucker. They hate each other ferociously and utterly despise the peasants around them, who are gradually awakening to the potentialities of their new freedoms. In this most famous of Saltykov-Shchedrin’s novels, there is a keen sympathy toward the plight of women caught in the complexities of social change: Anninka and Lubinka, the aristocratic orphans who, seeking independence, recklessly cast themselves into the bohemian life; the matriarch Arina Petrovna, whose desperately vigorous administration of the estate leads to an exhilarating but only temporary stability; the peasant girl Yevpraksia, who is resistlessly taken by the loathsome Porfiry Vladimirych as his mistress. Far from a piece of social propaganda, A Family of Noblemen shows a subtle portraiture of the complex characters and convoluted circumstances of the time. (Expatriate)
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Genres:

Humor

Description:

Meet the Golovliovs, the ultimate dysfunctional family. In the difficult transition years before and after the liberation of Russia’s serfs, the Golovliovs are a gentry family ill-equipped to face the adaptations necessary in the new social order. Petty, back-biting, greedy, rigid, ignorant, and cruel, their personalities are captured in the array of nicknames they themselves give each other: The Hag, Little Judas, Simple Simon, Pavel the Sneak, the Orphans, the Blood-Sucker. They hate each other ferociously and utterly despise the peasants around them, who are gradually awakening to the potentialities of their new freedoms. In this most famous of Saltykov-Shchedrin’s novels, there is a keen sympathy toward the plight of women caught in the complexities of social change: Anninka and Lubinka, the aristocratic orphans who, seeking independence, recklessly cast themselves into the bohemian life; the matriarch Arina Petrovna, whose desperately vigorous administration of the estate leads to an exhilarating but only temporary stability; the peasant girl Yevpraksia, who is resistlessly taken by the loathsome Porfiry Vladimirych as his mistress. Far from a piece of social propaganda, A Family of Noblemen shows a subtle portraiture of the complex characters and convoluted circumstances of the time. (Expatriate)

Language:

English

Narrators:

Expatriate

Length:

11h 24m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

06:55


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

16:43


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

18:44


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

16:23


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

18:02


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

23:33


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

27:50


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:33


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

11:49


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

16:05


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

15:31


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

18:39


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

14:21


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

19:50


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

23:42


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

15:12


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

24:53


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

22:43


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

11:12


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

12:39


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

21:46


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

21:39


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:00


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

14:06


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

14:08


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

16:19


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

15:37


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

21:54


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

20:26


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

15:47


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

11:10


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:14


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

14:01


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

15:26


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

08:28


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

25:28


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

14:01


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

21:17


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

16:23


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

10:24


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

12:14


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

15:18