Born in 1944, Michael Pursglove was educated at Bradford Grammar School, King’s College, Cambridge and New College, Oxford. He subsequently taught Russian language and literature at the universities of Ulster, Reading, Exeter and Bath. He has published translations of many Russian prose texts, by authors ranging from Bunin and Grigorovich to Pilnyak, Platonov and Kazakov. In retirement he has published (with Alma Classics) translations of Turgenev’s Fathers and Children and Smoke and has completed a translation of Turgenev’s Virgin Soil, which will also be published by Alma Classics.
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Driven to his deathbed by an incurable disease, the thirty-year-old impoverished gentleman Chulkaturin decides to write a diary looking back on his short life. After describing his youthful disillusionment and his family’s fall from grace and loss of status, the narrative focuses on his love for Lis…READ MORE >
Turgenev’s final novel, Virgin Soil traces the destinies of several middle-class revolutionaries who seek to “go to the people” by working on the land and instilling democratic ideas in the countryside’s locals. They include the daydreaming impoverished young tutor Nezhdanov – employed by the libera…READ MORE >
On his way back to Russia after some years spent in the West, Grigory Mikhailovich Litvinov, the son of a retired official of merchant stock, stops over in Baden-Baden to meet his fiancee Tatyana. However, a chance encounter with his old flame, the manipulative Irina – now married to a general and a…READ MORE >
On the eve of the Crimean War, the young, headstrong Yelena, the daughter of aristocratic Russian parents, falls in love with a revolutionary from Bulgaria named Insarov. Facing the wrath and disapproval of her family, Yelena abandons her home to follow Insarov to Bulgaria. Their fateful match sets…READ MORE >
Fathers and Children, arguably the first modern novel in the history of Russian literature, shocked readers when it was first published in 1862 – the controversial character of Bazarov, a self-proclaimed nihilist intent on rejecting all existing traditional values and institutions, providing a trenc…READ MORE >
Coming back to the “nest” of his family home in Russia after years of fruitless endeavours away from his roots, Lavretsky decides to turn his back on the vacuous salons of Paris and his frivolous and unfaithful wife Varvara Pavlovna. On his return he meets Liza, the daughter of one of his cousins, w…READ MORE >