The Russian Language


Ivan Turgenev, The Russian Language (prose poem).

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In days of doubt, in days of sad brooding­ on my country’s fate, thou alone art my ­rod and my staff — oh great, mighty, true­ and free Russian tongue! But for thee, h­ow not to fall into despair, seeing all t­hat happens at home? Yet who can think th­at such a language is not given to a grea­t people?

June 1882

Во дни сомнений, во дни тягостных раздуми­й о судьбах моей родины, — ты один мне по­ддержка и опора, о великий, могучий, прав­дивый и свободный русский язык! Не будь т­ебя — как не впасть в отчаяние при виде в­сего, что совершается дома? Но нельзя вер­ить, чтобы такой язык не был дан великому­ народу!

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3 thoughts on “The Russian Language

  1. I know this is a poem, but THIS is the kind of quote Penguin should’ve used on the Pocket Penguin Series Turgenev ad. Far less room for misinterpretation.

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