Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

Fathers and Sons

byIvan Turgenev, Ann Pasternak Slater, Constance Garnett...

Kobo ebook | December 18, 2007

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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.

Title:Fathers and SonsFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:December 18, 2007Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307430952

ISBN - 13:9780307430953

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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