First Love

First Love

Written by:
Introduction by: V. S. Pritchett
Translated by:

  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140443356
  • 112 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult


Isaiah Berlin’s translation of the legendary Russian novella of growing up and heartbreak

When the down-at-heel Princess Zasyekin moves next door to the country estate of Vladimir Petrovich’s parents, he instantly and overwhelmingly falls in love with his new neighbour’s daughter, Zinaida. But the capricious young woman already has many admirers and as she plays her suitors against each other, Vladimir’s unrequited youthful passion soon turns to torment and despair – although he remains unaware of his true rival for Zinaida’s affections. Set in the world of nineteenth-century Russia’s fading aristocracy, Turgenev’s story depicts a boy’s growth of knowledge and mastery over his own heart as he awakens to the complex nature of adult love.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
First Love

First Love

Written by: Ivan Turgenev, Introduction by: V. S. Pritchett, Translated by: Isaiah Berlin