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Fathers and Sons

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Fathers and Sons
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When a young graduate returns home he is accompanied, much to his father and uncle's discomfort, by a strange friend "who doesn't acknowledge any authorities, who doesn't accept a single principle on faith." Turgenev's masterpiece of generational conflict shocked Russian society when it was published in 1862 and continues today to seem as fresh and outspoken as it did to those who first encountered its nihilistic hero. This new translation, specially commissioned for the Oxford World's Classics, is the first to draw on Turgenev's working manuscript, which only came to light in 1988. About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008
ISBN: 019953604X
9780199536047
Branch Call Number: FICTION TURGENEV 2008
Characteristics: xxvii, 215 p. ;,20 cm
Additional Contributors: Freeborn, Richard

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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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