On Sale: September 1, 2003
Featuring: Pavel Kirsanov; Evgenii Bazarov
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Fiction | Historical
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.
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