Fathers and Sons (Norton Critical Editions)

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This "Critical Edition" of "Fathers and Sons", translated and edited by Michael R. Katz, is accompanied by a selection of Turgenev's letters, illustrating his involvement in the critical storm that surrounded "Fathers and Sons" upon its publication in 1862. It also includes 16 critical essays that cover various themes such as: the issue of translation; Turgenev's liberalism and his attitude towards nihilism and revolution; Turgenev's use of imagery; the role of women; the conflict of generations and the impact of science. A chronology and selected bibliography are also provided.

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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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Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev (November 9 [O.S. October 28] 1818 – September 3, 1883) was a Russian novelist, short story writer, and playwright. Charles James Hogarth (1869–1942)

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