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Fathers and Sons

Turgenev, Ivan Sergeevich (Book - 2008 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Turgenev's masterpiece about the conflict between generations is as fresh, outspoken, and exciting today as it was in when it was first published in 1862. The controversial portrait of Bazarov, the energetic, cynical, and self-assured `nihilist' who repudiates the romanticism of his elders, shook Russian society. Indeed the image of humanity liberated by science from age-old conformities and prejudices is one that can threaten establishments of any political or religious persuasion, and is especially potent in the modern era. This new translation, specially commissioned for the World's Classics, is the first to draw on Turgenev's working manuscript, which only came to light in 1988.
Authors: Turgenev, Ivan Sergeevich, 1818-1883
Title: Fathers and sons
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008
Characteristics: xxvii, 215 p. ;,20 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Ivan Turgenev ; translated and edited with an introduction and notes by Richard Freeborn
Additional Contributors: Freeborn, Richard
ISBN: 019953604X
9780199536047
Branch Call Number: FICTION TURGENEV 2008
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references p. [xxiv]-xxv
Subject Headings: Russia Social conditions 1801-1917 Fiction Russia Social life and customs 1533-1917 Fiction Nihilism (Philosophy) Fiction Fathers and sons Fiction
Topical Term: Nihilism (Philosophy)
Fathers and sons
LCCN: 2008275162
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May 20, 2014
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Often overshadowed by the towering figures of 19th century literature (Dostoevsky, Tolstoy), Ivan Turgenev didn't write on their massive scale, but did just as much to capture the contradictions and richness of the Russian character. "Fathers and Sons" is his masterpiece and deserves to be on the shelf with "Anna Karenina" and "Brothers Karamazov." Exploring the conflict between the generations, as well as the emerging nihilism of the young, it caused quite a stir when first released, as both conservatives and liberals criticized its central character. Like any good writer, Turgenev creates a is ambiguous and nuanced and leaves the reader to draw his or her own conclusions. So how about the Big three of 19th century Russian lit from now on?

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