Fathers and Sons by Ivan TurgenevFathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

Fathers and Sons

byIvan TurgenevTranslated byRichard Freeborn

Paperback | June 8, 2008

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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.
Richard Freeborn is an Emeritus Professor of Russian Literature at the University of London.
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Title:Fathers and SonsFormat: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 3 out of 5 by from Not a bad use of day I read this book while waiting at the airport and found it fairly easy to read compared to the other great Russian writers such as Tolstoy and Dostovesky. I did enjoy it however compared to other Russian books written at the time I found it paled in comparison. I would recommend it to those looking to step in the waters of Russian literature since I found it more approachable than works like Crime and Punishment and War and Peace (although I personally think those two are far better works than this one). Overall a good read, just not a great one.
Date published: 2017-03-04
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