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The Dacha Husband: A Novel Ivan Shcheglov

The Dacha Husband: A Novel

Ivan Shcheglov

Published October 2nd 2009
ISBN : 9780810126350
Paperback
112 pages
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In addition to offering fresh editions of well-known works, Northwestern World Classics will also reintroduce to a new generation lost classics, such as Ivan Shcheglovs 1896 The Dacha Husband (Dachnyi muzh). Despite being considered the mostMoreIn addition to offering fresh editions of well-known works, Northwestern World Classics will also reintroduce to a new generation lost classics, such as Ivan Shcheglovs 1896 The Dacha Husband (Dachnyi muzh). Despite being considered the most interesting writer of the late 1800s by no less a writer than his onetime collaborator Anton Chekhov, Ivan Shcheglov is largely forgotten in the West. In the able hands of Michael Katz, acclaimed translator of Dostoevsky, Turgenev, and Tolstoy, Shcheglovs strikingly modern style and biting satire come alive for todays readers. The Dacha Husband (a term created by Shcheglov) satirizes a type of man who came to prominence in the later part of the nineteenth century in Russia- he was typically upper middle class, was married to a materialistic woman, and commuted to work in St. Petersburg during the summer while his wife and children vacationed at the familys dacha in Pavlovsk. Among the novels highlights is a Convention of Dacha Husbands, in which a small group of insulted and injured husbands gathered together, in secret from their wives...for a general discussion of contemporary marital misfortunes and a search for some means to protect their human rights. The convention is unexpectedly interrupted by the wives, who arrive to retrieve their rebellious spouses. A coda informs the reader that at least one of the proposals offered during the meeting survived: the construction of a shelter for the care of deserted husbands.