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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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780140441475
ISBN-10: 0140441476
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 17mm)
Pages: 304
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 26-Apr-1973
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Ivan Turgenev

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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