YEARS OF CHILDHOOD Author:SERGEY AKSAKOV, TRANSLATOR ALEC BROWN Sergey Timofreievich Aksolkov was born on September 30, 1791, and died at the age of 68. He was of proud, but not wealthy, noble stock. His grandfather was one of those pioneers who "opened-up" new lands, in this case round Ufa - present day Bashkiria - the land of a Tartar-Mongolian people. He planted a colony of Russian serfs under conditi... more »ons that have been described as "medieval, or rather, even patriarchal.
These are his recollections of his childhood, written when he was already an old man. ".... daily life on a remote estate, in 19th century Russia, remembered with wonderful clarity."
Aksakov was a writer, friend of actors, critic, translator of Sophocles and Moliere, and, for a while a government censor (removed because of "dangerously liberal tendencies').« less