. No, no, . I've got your word for it, . I've got to die . . you promised me . . you told me . . . Turgenev's accounts of hunting in rural . Russia, and the extraordinary characters he meets there. . Introducing . Little . Black . Classics: 80 books for . Penguin's 80th birthday. . Little . Black . Classics celebrate the huge range and diversity of . Penguin . Classics, with books from around the world and across many centuries. . They take us from a balloon ride over . Victorian . London to a garden of blossom in . Japan, from . Tierra del . Fuego to 16th-century . California and the . Russian steppe. . Here are stories lyrical and savage; poems epic and intimate; essays satirical and inspirational; and ideas that have shaped the lives of millions. . Ivan . Turgenev (1818-1883). . Turgenev's works available in . Penguin . Classics are . Fathers and . Sons, . First . Love, . Home of the . Gentry, . On the . Eve, . Rudin, . Sketches from a . Hunter's . Album, . Spring . Torrents and . Three . Sketches from a . Hunter's . Album.
. About the . Author: . Ivan . Sergeyevich . Turgenev was born in 1818 in the province of . Oryol. . After the family had moved to . Moscow in 1827 he entered . St . Petersburg . University where he studied philosophy. . When he was nineteen he published his first poems and went to the . University of . Berlin. . After two years he returned to . Russia and took his degree at the . University of . Moscow. . After 1856 he lived mostly abroad, and he became the first . Russian writer to gain a wide reputation in . Europe. . He wrote many novels, plays, short stories and novellas, of which . First . Love (1860) is the most famous. . He died in . Paris in 1883.