Fathers and Sons

Fathers and Sons

Book - 1961
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"The book is a description of the tendencies of Young Russia in the [eighteen] sixties, expressed through the hero Bazarov. These tendencies have since become widely known by the name of nihilism.'" Introduction "The theme of this novel is the frequent conflict between the older and the younger generation, which the author has rendered particularly touching by his representation of 'the confused efforts of the father to understand his son's new ideas, and the young man's efforts to convert his father.'" Pratt Alcove.
Publisher: New York, Modern Library [1961]
Characteristics: xxxv, 281 pages 19 cm.
8vo.

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AkMis
Feb 19, 2017

Bazarov the Nihilist, and excellent character!

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lukasevansherman
May 20, 2014

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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