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A swim in a pond in the rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life

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"In A Swim in a Pond in the Rain, George Saunders guides the reader through seven classic Russian short stories he's been teaching for twenty years as a professor in the prestigious Syracuse University graduate MFA creative writing program. Paired with stories by Chekhov, Turgenev, Tolstoy, and Gogol, these essays are intended for anyone interested in how fiction works and why it's more relevant than ever in these turbulent times. Saunders approaches each of these stories technically yet accessibly, and through them explains how narrative functions; why we stay immersed in a story and why we resist it; and the bedrock virtues a writer must foster. For the process of writing, Saunders reminds us, is as much a craft as it is a quality of openness and a willingness to see the world through new eyes. Funny, frank, and rigorous, A Swim in a Pond in the Rain ultimately shows how great fiction can change a person's life and become a benchmark of one's moral and ethical beliefs"--
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subject_facetChekhov, Anton Pavlovich, -- 1860-1904. -- Dushechka
Chekhov, Anton Pavlovich, -- 1860-1904. -- Kryzhovnik
Chekhov, Anton Pavlovich, -- 1860-1904. -- Na podvode
Gogolʹ, Nikolaĭ Vasilʹevich, -- 1809-1852. -- Nos
Reader-response criticism -- United States
Short stories, Russian -- 19th century -- History and criticism
Short stories, Russian -- 19th century -- History and criticism -- Study and teaching
Tolstoy, Leo, -- graf, -- 1828-1910. -- Alësha Gorshok
Tolstoy, Leo, -- graf, -- 1828-1910. -- Khozi͡ain i rabotnik
Turgenev, Ivan Sergeevich, -- 1818-1883. -- Pevt͡sy
title_displayA swim in a pond in the rain : in which four Russians give a master class on writing, reading, and life
title_fullA Swim in a Pond in the Rain In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life
A swim in a pond in the rain : in which four Russians give a master class on writing, reading, and life / George Saunders
title_shortA swim in a pond in the rain
title_subIn Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life
topic_facetChekhov, Anton Pavlovich
Gogolʹ, Nikolaĭ Vasilʹevich
History and criticism
Language Arts
Literary Criticism
Nonfiction
Reader-response criticism
Short stories, Russian
Study and teaching
Tolstoy, Leo
Turgenev, Ivan Sergeevich