Notes on Fishing

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Publication Date
October 2012
Page Count
280 pages
Trim Size
5.75 x 9.25

Notes on Fishing

Sergei Aksakov

Notes on Fishing was Sergei Aksakov's first book and Russia's first angling treatise. It presents a Russian gentleman's observations on the fishing tackle, angling techniques, and fish species he came to know during five decades of adventure-filled fishing in the vast Russian steppe and the environs of Moscow. But it is goes beyond a mere discourse on angling, offering philosophical, literary, linguistic, ethnographic, biological, and conservationist observations. Aksakov has imbued his notes with a deep fondness for the land and an expertly conveyed atmosphere of personal and national nostalgia.

About the Author

Sergei Aksakov (1791 - 1859) took up writing late in life, under the influence of his good friend Gogol. He was widely acknowledged as a master of Russian prose.

Thomas P. Hodge is assistant professor of Russian literature and language at Wellesley College.
"In Thomas Hodge's beautiful translation, Aksakov brings the same kind of urbanity and insight to rivers, fish, and fishing that Russia's great nineteenth-century novelists brought to her aristocracy, families, misfits, soldiers, and lovers. This book is a classic." --David James Duncan, author of The River Why and The Brothers K

"Notes on Fishing is a joyful gem of a book."

—Nick Lyons

"There can be no better introduction for American readers to a largely untapped store of nature writing than this translation of one of the central texts in Russia's response to its rich natural environment."

—Andrew Durkin