Fathers and Sons

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Penguin Books Limited, Apr 26, 1973 - Fiction - 304 pages
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When Arkady Petrovich comes home from college, his father finds his eager, naive son changed almost beyond recognition, for the impressionable Arkady has fallen under the powerful influence of the friend accompanying him. A self-proclaimed nihilist, the ardent young Bazarov shocks Arkady's father by criticizing the landowning way of life and by his outspoken determination to sweep away the traditional values of contemporary Russian society.

Turgenev's depiction of the conflict between generations and their ideals stunned readers when Fathers and Sons was first published in 1862. But many could sympathize with Arkady's fascination with the nihilistic hero whose story vividly captures the hopes and regrets of a changing Russia.

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User Review  - AnneBrooke - LibraryThing

I'm normally a fan of all Frayn's work and count him as one of the best living writers we have. However, I'm sorry to say this book is on the whole a significant error of judgement in a wide variety ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ma_Washigeri - LibraryThing

Enjoyed the Bruegel mystery tour very much, and the first third of the book while it was setting the scene. But for me the farce of the last third of the book didn't really succeed and I did skip over quite a bit of the last few chapters, wanting to hear the plot but not all the detail. Read full review

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About the author (1973)

Turgenev was born in 1818. His series of six novels reflect the period of Russian life between the 1830s and 1870s. He also wrote plays, short stories, literary essays and memoirs. He died in Paris in 1883.

Rosemary Edmonds translated many Russian works during her lifetime, including Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky & Pushkin for Penguin.

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