Notes of a Provincial Wildfowler by Sergei Aksakov
(Studies in Russian Literature and Theory)

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The companion volume to his popular Notes on Fishing, Notes of a Provincial Wildfowler is Sergei Timofeevich Aksakov's guide to the bird species of his native Russia. Notes of a Provincial Wildfowler is filled with precise descriptions of the various game that it treats: detailed accounts of the behavior of birds, observations on their life cycles, and lyrical discourses on the habitats - marsh, water, and forest - that comprise the Russian steppe. Offering a rich multitude of viewpoints philosophical, literary, linguistic, ethnographic, and environmental - Notes of a Provincial Wildfowler will appeal to a wide audience of readers, from birders to historians to those who relish fine literature.

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A close friend of Nikolai Gogol, Aksakov came from the old landholding nobility. His family background became the subject for a series of reminiscences written late in life. Their objective and precise description of the often brutal provincial existence, their insight and honesty about human psychology, as well as their eventful narratives have made them enduring classics of nineteenth-century prose. Professor Ju. Apresjan is Head of the Department of Theoretical Semantics, Russian Language Institute, RAS, and Principal Researcher at the Institute for Information Transmission Problems, RAS. Dr Kevin Windle is Reader in the Department of Classical and Modern European Languages, Australian National University.
Published July 22, 1998 by Northwestern University Press. 304 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Nature & Wildlife, Sports & Outdoors, Literature & Fiction, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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He knows his study is subjective and never claims this to be a definitive ornithological study: ""My book is no more and no less than the simple notes of a passionate hunter and observer."" His passion shines through in his vivid descriptions of birds, forests, water and landscapes that he comple...

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