World Literature: Ivan Turgenev - Fathers and Sons

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World Literature: Ivan Turgenev - Fathers and Sons



World Literature: Ivan Turgenev - Fathers and Sons


Fathers and Sons might be regarded as the first wholly modern novel in Russian Literature (Gogol's Dead Souls, another main contender, was referred to by the author as a poem or epic in prose as in the style of Dante's Divine Comedy, and was at any rate never completed). The novel introduces a dual character study, as seen with the gradual breakdown of Bazarov's and Arkady's nihilistic opposition to emotional display, especially in the case of Bazarov's love for Madame Odintsova.


The fathers and sons of the novel refers to the growing divide between the two generations of Russians, and the character Yevgeny Bazarov, a nihilist who rejects the old order.


Turgenev wrote Fathers and Sons as a response to the growing cultural schism that he saw between liberals of the 1830s/1840s and the growing nihilist movement. Both the nihilists (the "sons") and the 1830s liberals sought Western-based social change in Russia. Additionally, these two modes of thought were contrasted with the Slavophiles, who believed that Russia's path lay in its traditional spirituality.

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Author(s) Ivan Turgenev
Translator(s) Mushe Vardapet
Language(s) Armenian
Publisher(s) Edit Print
Year 2015
Pages 290
Binding paperback
Printing Black & White
Size 14.5 x 20 cm
ISBN 9789939529608

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