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Fathers and Sons
Author: Ivan Turgenev

ISBN: 9780141441337
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 24 September 2009
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.9 x 1.9
'Aristocracy, liberalism, progress, principles . . . useless words! A Russian doesn't need them, even if they come free'

Returning home after years away at university, Arkady is proud to introduce his clever friend Bazarov to his father and uncle. But their guest soon stirs up unrest on the quiet country estate - his outspoken nihilist views and his scathing criticisms of the older men expose the growing distance between Arkady and his father. And when Bazarov's visits his own doting, but old-fashioned parents, his disdainful rejection of traditional Russian life causes even further distress. In Fathers and Sons (1862), Turgenev created a beautifully drawn and highly influential portrayal of the clash between generations, at a time just before the end of serfdom, when the refined yet vanishing landowning class was being overturned by a brash new breed who strove to change the world.

Peter Carson's elegant, naturalistic new translation brings Turgenev's masterpiece to life for a new generation of readers. In her introduction, Rosamund Bartlett discusses the novel's subtle characterization and the immense social changes...

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