Notes on Fishing was Sergei Aksakov's first book, and Russia's first angling treatise. Notes, which has been compared to Izaak Walton's The Compleat Angler, presents a Russian gentleman's affectionate 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 environs of Moscow. Notes on Fishing, however, goes beyond more discourse on angling; it offers a rich multitude of viewpoints: philosophical, literary, linguistic, ethnographic, biological, and conservationist. Aksakov has imbued his notes with a deep fondness for the Russian land and an expertly conveyed atmosphere of personal and national nostalgia.
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 575 g
Dimensions: 240 x 148 x 27 mm
Edition: Translated ed.
"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."
""Notes on Fishing"is a joyful gem of a book."
"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."