Your influences include William Trevor, Tolstoy, Turgenev, Dickens, Graham Greene, V.S. Pritchett, and Elizabeth Bowen.
He said, “Mel, you should read Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Turgenev, Gogol.”
Readers familiar with Chekhov, Gogol, Pushkin or Turgenev have already tasted some 19th-century Russian gothic literature.
But it is a less tedious realism than that of Tolstoy or Turgenev.
We may say that the description of love is Turgenev's speciality.
But Turgenev was unsuspecting; he had not taken to heart the full importance of dramatizing the point of view—perhaps it was that.
There is something of this in Turgenev's description of love.
Turgenev seems to "come into the room" in his books with just such a welcome presence.
Turgenev is a realist in the sense that he keeps close to reality, truth, and nature.
Turgenev's poorest novel, Virgin Soil, which also gives us a picture of a factory, is immensely superior from every point of view.