First Love is a novella written by Ivan Turgenev and published in 1860.
The book tells us about the love experience of Vladimir Petrovich. Vladimir is a young teenager from Moscow who falls in love with a new neighbor of his summer residence: Princess Zinaída Aleksándrovna.
The central theme of the work raises the debate between rational and sentimental thoughts. In the book, the characters who are carried away by feelings have a bad ending, so it is not a story with a happy ending.
Turgenev poses as a framework for the story a meeting of friends among whom one, the protagonist Vladimir, will recount his sentimental experience. In this way we will have a first level of narration that will serve to introduce us through a retrospect in the history of the protagonist.
As for the place, the action takes place in a country house. This fact is recurrent in Turgenev's books, since it serves as a way of representing life in his daily life.
This edition of the book is based on the text published on Project Gutenberg and the translator is Constance Garnett.
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Take for yourself what you can, and don’t be ruled by others; to belong to oneself—the whole savour of life lies in that
I did not want to know whether I was loved, and I did not want to acknowledge to myself that I was not loved.
There is a sweetness in being the sole source, the autocratic and irresponsible cause of the greatest joy and profoundest pain to another.