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Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev
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Fathers and Sons (1862)

by Ivan Turgenev

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The novel was a little less than I expected, but the point of interest is the letters and literary criticism that comes at the end of the book. Top-notch! ( )
  DanielSTJ | Dec 17, 2018 |
An incredible read. The story holds your interest, the characters are very realistic and believable, and the content/theme is still relevant and always will be. ( )
  Borrows-N-Wants | Sep 23, 2018 |
As Perfect as Can Be

I'm going to gush about this 2009 Penguin Classics translation by Peter Carson not only for its own quality and presentation but also due to my own recent experience with the faultily produced English translation of Tammsaare's "I Loved a German."

It was such a pleasure and relief to read a translation that read so well and that came with extensive End Notes explaining all mid-19th century Russian references and such. The introductory essay on Turgenev and his life by Rosamund Bartlett was excellent as well. As I have an early edition of this 2009 translation, it is missing the Afterword by Tatyana Tolstaya which has been added in later printings. So watch out for that omission or addition if you are shopping in used book stores. ( )
  alanteder | Sep 10, 2018 |
Though the writing is very nice and some of the psychological insights are spot-on and moving, there simply isn't enough happening in this book. I don't mind a mild-mannered read but I definitely need more plot than Turgenev provides. Most of it moves along at a stately pace without much of an arc and almost no sense of forward momentum. Pleasant, for sure (Bazarov in particular is a very interesting character) but dare I say: rather boring on the whole. It springs to life briefly in the middle for a lively duel, then peters out. I actually had a hard time finishing the last ten pages. Part of the problem may be that I read it right after Dostoevsky's "Crime and Punishment" (which is one of the greatest books ever written) and Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina" (which, though soapy, is a real page-turner, even with its 8-page scene of peasants mowing the grass.) Dreamlike, lilting, passive and static, I would recommend this book to someone looking to lower their heart rate. ( )
  BrookeBurgess | Jun 27, 2018 |
19th century Russian literature set in 1859. (Follows the Paris Revolution, Crimean War, Nicholas I) A book about fathers and their sons. The sons have been to university and been educated. They have embraced nihilism. The Nihilist movement was a Russian movement in the 1860s which rejected all authorities.It is derived from the Latin nihil, meaning "nothing". The decision has been made to emancipate the serfs which happened in 1861. The fathers are doing their best to cooperate with the mandate. The opposite of nihilism is romanticism and the author has set the book up through the fathers and sons to contrast the different philosophy.

"All moral disease derives from poor education, from all the rubbish with which people's heads are filled from birth onwards--in short, from the shocking state of society. Reform society, and there'll be no more disease". This is a statement by Bazarov. I think this statement has proven to be untrue many times. Poor education does not equal moral disease, nor does good education preclude moral disease. The origin is something else.

The women characters are interesting. We have Fenichka who is "living with Nikolai and has a son but no marriage", we have Anna who is a widow and has been alluded to as empty headed who is quite intelligent and a bit of a nihilist herself, and Katerina the young lady who is quiet but probably the strongest of all. And not to omit, Bazarov's mother who is the one with the property and money but also a lot of superstitions. Bazarov's attitude is quite antifeminist but over all the book is filled with storng women.

I enjoyed the book. As a Russian novel it wasn't hard to read. I am not a fan of nihilism but I learned a lot and find it interesting that it was a Russian movement. The novel contributes to the Russian literature and Russian history, it is not only relevant to its 19 century setting but also offers some relevance to the present and a good reminder that generations do change. The characters were well crafted. This is more a character study than a plot driven book. ( )
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Turgenev, Ivanprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Beckmann, MatthiasIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bein, KazimierzTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bukowsky, ElsePrefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bukowsky, ElseTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Edmonds, RosemaryTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Makanowitzky, Barbara NormanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Muller, Herbert J.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Виссариона Григорьевича Белинского
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"Well, Piotr, not in sight yet?" was the question asked on May the 20th, 1859, by a gentleman of a little over forty, in a dusty coat and checked trousers, who came out without his hat on to the low steps of the posting station at S—.
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1. Il tempo … vola qualche volta come un uccello e qualche volta striscia come un verme, ma l'uomo si sente bene specialmente quando nemmeno si accorge se passi presto o con lentezza.
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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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"Apaga la tele, enciende la imaginacin. Estudios recientes han revelado que los nis y las nias de nuestra sociedad pasan ms de tres horas diarias frente al televisor. Los pedagogos advierten que este hbito favorece la obesidad, los problemas de visin y la pasividad en los ms pequeos. Qu podemos hacer?" Las propuestas de este libro proporcionan a los nios alternativas a la televisin o a la videoconsola. Estas iniciativas didticas nos permiten disfrutar de buenos ratos al lado de nuestros hijos, e incluso darles los intrumentos para que se diviertan solos mientras aprenden"--Contraportada.… (more)

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