Fathers and Sons

Paperback | June 8, 2008

byIvan TurgenevTranslated byRichard Freeborn

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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.

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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 hum...

Richard Freeborn is an Emeritus Professor of Russian Literature at the University of London.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.47 inPublished:June 8, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019953604X

ISBN - 13:9780199536047

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic #plumreview Brilliantly portrays the looming generation gap between the younger intellectuals and the previous, more traditionally bound generation. Turgenev conveys all the depths and limitations of "the new way" through Bazarov, the novel's complicated main character.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Turgenev's best work. His portrayal of Russia's young intellectuals is very well presented. Turgenev's descriptions of everything from casual mannerisms to complex thoughts is detailed, vivid and insightful and brings out all of his characters' dimensions. Bazarov, the anti-hero, draws the reader into the novel which unfolds with brilliant fluidity. Conversations are natural and flowing and the Bazarov-Pavel Petrovic duality give the reader a glimpse into the conflicting essence of the generation gap of mid 1860s Russia.
Date published: 2002-08-24