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Fathers and Sons (Penguin Classics)

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ISBN13: 9780140441475
ISBN10: 0140441476
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When first published in 1862, this novel of a divided Russia, with peasants set against masters and fathers set against sons, caused great outrage. But its enduring legacy of social insight and conscience mixed with drama has given it universal appeal. Features an introduction by Anna Tolstoy in an exciting new Bantam Classics' package.

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Arkady Petrovitch returns from college under the spell of a young nihilist called Bazarov, a character who shocked Arkady's father and the Russian public of 1862 with his criticisms of the traditional values of Russian society. In Bazarov, Turgenev created the prototype "angry young man".

About the Author

Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev was born in 1818 in the Province of Orel, and suffered during his childhood from a tyrannical mother. After the family had moved to Moscow in 1827 he entered Petersburg University where he studied philosophy. When he was nineteen he published his first poems and, convinced that Europe contained the source of real knowledge, went to the University of Berlin. After two years he returned to Russia and took his degree at the University of Moscow. In 1843 he fell in love with Pauline Garcia-Viardot, a young Spanish singer, who influenced the rest of his life; he followed her on her singing tours in Europe and spent long periods in the French house of herself and her husband, both of whom accepted him as a family friend. He sent his daughter by a sempstress to be brought up among the Viardot children. After 1856 he lived mostly abroad, and he became the first Russian writer to gain a wide reputation in Europe; he was a well-known figure in Parisian literary circles, where his friends included Flaubert and the Goncourt brothers, and an honorary degree was conferred on him at Oxford. His series of six novels reflect a period of Russian life from 1830s to the 1870s: they are Rudin (1855), A House of Gentlefolk (1858), On the Eve (1859; a Penguin Classic), Fathers and Sons (1861), Smoke (1867) and Virgin Soil (1876). He also wrote plays, which include the comedy A Month in the Country; short stories and Sketches from a Hunter’s Album (a Penguin Classic); and literary essays and memoirs. He died in Paris in 1883 after being ill for a year, and was buried in Russia.

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lukas, May 20, 2014 (view all comments by lukas)
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? This edition includes a long, famous lecture by Isaiah Berlin.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780140441475
Translator:
Edmonds, Rosemary
Translator:
Edmonds, Rosemary
Translator:
Edmonds, Rosemary
Author:
Turgenev, Ivan Sergeevich
Author:
Turgenev, Ivan
Author:
Edmonds, Rosemary
Publisher:
Penguin Classics
Location:
Harmondsworth Eng. ;
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Novels and novellas
Subject:
Continental european fiction (fictional works
Subject:
Continental european
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Penguin Classics
Series Volume:
no. 1L147
Publication Date:
19650530
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
7.74x5.12x.76 in. .51 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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