Fiction - paperback; Penguin Classics; 102 pages; 2007. (Translated from the Russian by Isaiah Berlin.) First Love is Russian writer Ivan Turgenev?s most famous novella. First published in 1860, it has been beautifully repackaged and republished as part of Penguin?s Great Love series. At just over 100 pages, this is a book that can quickly be read in one sitting (I achieved it via two 20-minute train journeys), although its brevity should not be mistaken for shallowness. First Love is exactly what the title suggests: a man looks back on his first love. ?I was sixteen at the time,? he writes. ?It happened in the summer of 1833.?