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Fathers and Sons (Modern Library Classics)

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When Fathers and Sons was first published in Russia, in 1862, it was met with a blaze of controversy about where Turgenev stood in relation to his account of generational misunderstanding. Was he criticizing the worldview of the conservative aesthete, Pavel Kirsanov, and the older generation, or that of the radical, cerebral medical student, Evgenii Bazarov, representing the younger one? The critic Dmitrii Pisarev wrote at the time that the novel "stirs the mind . . . because everything is permeated with the most complete and most touching sincerity." N. N. Strakhov, a close friend of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky, praised its "profound vitality." It is this profound vitality in Turgenev's characters that carry his novel of ideas to its rightful place as a work of art and as one of the classics of Russian Literature.

Synopsis:

When Fathers and Sons was first published in Russia, in 1862, it was met with a blaze of controversy about where Turgenev stood in relation to his account of generational misunderstanding. Was he criticizing the worldview of the conservative aesthete, Pavel Kirsanov, and the older generation, or that of the radical, cerebral medical student, Evgenii Bazarov, representing the younger one? The critic Dmitrii Pisarev wrote at the time that the novel "stirs the mind...because everything is permeated with the most complete and most touching sincerity." N. N. Strakhov, a close friend of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky, praised its "profound vitality." It is this profound vitality in Turgenev's characters that carry his novel of ideas to its rightful place as a work of art and as one of the classics of Russian literature.

Synopsis:

Fathers and Sons is the powerful, classic novel of ideas in which Bazarov and his friend Arkady, two members of the generation of young Russians, confront and dispute with Arkady's father, Nikolai Kirsanov, and Nikolai's brother, Pavel, about everything: art, science, love, marriage, progress, history, wealth and poverty. In Bazarov, the novel's protagonist, Turgenev creates literature's most famous nihilist, and one of the first and finest in a long literary line of angry young men. The interaction of Bazarov with his friends, his friends' parents, his own parents, and the woman on whom he bestows his unrequited love is provocative, fascinating, and timeless in the psychological truths it unveils.

About the Author

Ann Pasternak Slater is a Fellow of St. Annes College, Oxford. She is the author of Shakespeare the Director and the translator of the memoirs of Alexander Pasternak, A Vanished Present.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375758393
Translator:
Garnett, Constance
Introduction:
Slater, Ann Pasternak
Translator:
Garnett, Constance
Introduction by:
Slater, Ann Pasternak
Introduction:
Slater, Ann Pasternak
Author:
Turgenev, Ivan
Author:
Slater, Ann Pasternak
Author:
Turgenev, Ivan Sergeevich
Author:
Garnett, Constance
Author:
Allen, Elizabeth Cheresh
Publisher:
Modern Library
Location:
New York
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Russian & Former Soviet Union
Subject:
Fathers and sons
Subject:
Russia
Subject:
Nihilism
Subject:
Nihilism (Philosophy)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Modern Library Classics
Series Volume:
v. 14
Publication Date:
20011113
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.04x5.18x.65 in. .48 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , When Fathers and Sons was first published in Russia, in 1862, it was met with a blaze of controversy about where Turgenev stood in relation to his account of generational misunderstanding. Was he criticizing the worldview of the conservative aesthete, Pavel Kirsanov, and the older generation, or that of the radical, cerebral medical student, Evgenii Bazarov, representing the younger one? The critic Dmitrii Pisarev wrote at the time that the novel "stirs the mind...because everything is permeated with the most complete and most touching sincerity." N. N. Strakhov, a close friend of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky, praised its "profound vitality." It is this profound vitality in Turgenev's characters that carry his novel of ideas to its rightful place as a work of art and as one of the classics of Russian literature.
"Synopsis" by , Fathers and Sons is the powerful, classic novel of ideas in which Bazarov and his friend Arkady, two members of the generation of young Russians, confront and dispute with Arkady's father, Nikolai Kirsanov, and Nikolai's brother, Pavel, about everything: art, science, love, marriage, progress, history, wealth and poverty. In Bazarov, the novel's protagonist, Turgenev creates literature's most famous nihilist, and one of the first and finest in a long literary line of angry young men. The interaction of Bazarov with his friends, his friends' parents, his own parents, and the woman on whom he bestows his unrequited love is provocative, fascinating, and timeless in the psychological truths it unveils.
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