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When a young graduate returns home he is accompanied, much to his father and uncle's discomfort, by a strange friend "who doesn't acknowledge any authorities, who doesn't accept a single principle on faith." Turgenev's masterpiece of generational conflict shocked Russian society when it was published in 1862 and continues today to seem as fresh and outspoken as it did to t ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published July 16th 1998 by Oxford University Press (first published February 1862)
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Nov 24, 2012 knig rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fathers and Sons (FS) apparently pleased no one on in Russia on publication, and if not precisely ‘shocked’ the muchadumbre, then surely ruffled feathers and rubbed salt in fresh wounds: that, in any event, is the general promise in the blurb on the back cover of the book. Goody. I like a scandal better than the next person, for sure. So I tore into it with gusto.

Alas, though. There is no scandal to be had here. I mean, not even remotely: not even a whiff of it. The big brouhaha seems to evolve
Tim Wagner
May 16, 2007 Tim Wagner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thegreats
If you want to read a great Russian novel, but your wrists are to weak for Karenina or Brothers K, this is your jam. It's almost allegorical in its deployment of the characters' various philosophies, but they're so human it's like watching Chekhov play across the page. For a book written in the mid-late 19th century, it's amazingly relevant: a pithy study of conservativism, liberalism, radicalism, quietism, and filial love and rebellion. The bad-tempered anarchist, Bazarov, is a character for th ...more
My main issue with this book: too short. An odd thing to think of when the too short object in question is a Russian novel concerning cultural upheaval and aristocracy and all sorts of young ones running around screeching newfangled ideas at the top of their lungs, but 'tis true.

A while back, someone somewhere on Goodreads coined the term 'soap opera with brains', a literature type that hasn't popped up in my reading since The Age of Reason but can be (much more enjoyably, I dare say) applied h
MJ Nicholls
Tremendous. Forget the patchy, barely coherent A Hero of Our Time. This is your pre-Tolstoy, pre-Dostoevsky (almost—excusing a decade or two) Russian masterpiece. Do you want to be a nihilist with a casual interest in botany and medicine? Do you sneer at aristocratic values but have the hots for a milf with a vassal-soaked estate? Do you treat your father’s house like a hotel, and only pay fleeting three-year visits, during which you torment your poor mother and her servants? Do you want to snog ...more
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Translator's Note

--Fathers and Sons

I started reading this looking for clues to William Trevor’s Reading Turgenev but I didn’t really find many - I’ve since realised that Trevor was mostly referring to a different Turgenev novel On The Eve. In fact Fathers and Sons has more in common with another book I read recently, Belinda McKeon’s Solace. Both novels are concerned with the gaps in comprehension between people of different generations, in particular between fathers and sons and the tensions that arise as a result of these gaps ...more
Feb 06, 2013 Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A proto-punk and a proto-metrosexual demand satisfaction from one another because the first macked on the latter's bro's baby mama. The gentry can't really rage against the machine, they're jackdaws, domesticated dogs. Guys in their early twenties have apparently always sort of sucked, albeit in an intellectually sexy way as long as they don't lack confidence. Repudiate, repudiate, repudiate, champion only what's useful, no authority other than oneself. Blame testosterone plus higher education? ...more
Sep 19, 2014 Darwin8u rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
This is a novel that should probably be read by everybody (fathers, sons, mothers, daughters) at 18 years and again at 50 years. I'm somewhere in between, but it still enchanted me. 'Fathers and Sons' themes are universal, but also very relevant to Russia in the 1860s (post Emancipation Reform of 1861).

IT is about the struggles between generations. It is is a novel about beauty, love, relationships, power, social etiquitte, etc. The duality of the generations in 'Fathers and Sons' allowed Turge
her klasik ve rus edebiyatı eseri gibi yıllardır okumayı bekliyordum ama benim için bu kitabı bir adım öne çıkaran şey turgenyev'in dostoyevski ve tolstoy ile bitmek bilmeyen kavgalarını öğrenmek ve tabi ki orhan pamuk'un sessiz ev'de nilgün'e bu kitabı okutması oldu.

kavgayı uzun uzun bu review'a yazmak istemiyorum, şuradan: okuyabilirsiniz. fakat bu anlaşmazlıklarda ön plana çıkan ve bi nevi anlaşmazlığın sebebi de olan dostoyevski'nin rusya sevgisi ve
Lit Bug
I suspect ‘Fathers and Sons’ is too deeply a product of its particular time and place to be enjoyable now without a sense of the Russian history that has molded this novel into what it is. I began without a background, and though it was agreeable all the way through, I really didn’t find it gripping enough – surely it was an evergreen conflict, even if not on every count? The struggle between the titular Fathers and Sons is an eternal one, and I was surprised at my reluctance to engage with the ...more
Feb 22, 2014 Ali rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
To begin with, I never intended to read 'Fathers and Sons' by Turgenev in the first place; rather, it was one of the lesser known works of this lesser known Russian master, 'Sketches from a hunter's album' that I sought so eagerly. But after searching for the latter endlessly, my efforts proved futile as I was unable to get my hands on it. Later, I remember stumbling upon an excerpt of 'Fathers and Sons', and it piqued my curiosity. The excerpt was such:

“Whereas I think: I’m lying here in a hays
Maru Kun
Dec 16, 2015 Maru Kun rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I knew becoming a parent would be a lot of work but I wasn’t prepared for the pile of worry that came with it, nor for how quickly that pile would grow into a mountain.

It starts with the childhood illnesses: a thirty-nine degree fever? It must be meningitis. Then the real worries come, beginning with education. My nine year old has a B+ in drama and C in math. It’s all over: a life spent waiting tables before the big break which never comes. Don’t worry, we’ll be there for you son. In the teenag
peiman-mir5 rezakhani
جالبترین نکتۀ این داستان این بود که نقش اول هایِ داستان مدام در حالِ تغییر بود، اول « نیکلا پترویج» و « آرکادی» شخصیتِ اصلی بودن و بعد آهسته آهسته «بازارف« و «پاول» جایِ اون دوتا رو گرفتن
به نظرِ من معتقدِ نبودنِ « بازارف» به خرافات و موهوماتِ مسخرۀ دین و مذهب و همچنین امتناع از وابستگی و عاشق شدن نمیتونه دلیل بر پوچ گراییِ « بازارف» باشه و اتفاقاً قبول نکردنِ سنت هایِ مردمش و مسائلِ بی ارزشِ دینی و مذهبی از هوش و خردگراییِ وی نشأت گرفته بود و البته در ادامه داستان عاشقِ « آنا» میشه ولی نویسنده ب
"Every single man hangs by a thread, a bottomless pit can open beneath him any minute, and yet he still goes on thinking up unpleasantness for himself and making a mess of his life." -Bazarov, in Fathers and Sons

Finally, a dusty old classic that lives up to its reputation. Turgenev's Fathers and Sons is pleasingly warm and crisply distilled vodka, a rich and pungent family saga that even a mildly disappointing heart-tugging finale can't ruin. It's like Russia's Catcher in the Rye but from way wa
George Georgiadis
Jan 26, 2016 George Georgiadis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: caviar
Σκοπός του Τουργκένιεφ σαφώς και δεν είναι να δημιουργήσει μια περίπλοκη ιστορία (άλλωστε η πλοκή εδώ είναι αρκετά απλή και δεν προκαλεί μεγάλες συγκινήσεις), αλλά στον αντίποδα ρίχνει το βάρος στην παρουσίαση δύο διαφορετικών κοσμοθεωριών.

Από τη μία, λοιπόν, βρίσκουμε τους "πατέρες", με παγιωμένες αντιλήψεις ως προς την επιστήμη, τους επίσημους θεσμούς και την πολιτική, και προσκόλληση σε παραδοσιακές αξίες όπως η θρησκεία και οι οικογενειακοί δεσμοί. Από την άλλη, οι "γιοι", κινούμενοι στα όρι
Jan 11, 2015 Simona rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quando penso alla Russia e ai suoi scrittori mi vengono in mente Dostoevskij e Tolstoj, ma posso dire che Turgenev può entrare a pieno titolo in questo trittico e questo romanzo ne è un esempio.
Ho viaggiato nella campagna russa, assaporando gli odori ed i profumi di questa terra, a contatto con personaggi come Bazarov, l'incarnazione del nichilismo, che mi ha accompagnato in questo percorso.
"Padri e figli" si concentra, non solo sul contrasto tra la conservazione dei primi e la contestazione de
Stand By Me
Mar 16, 2016 Stand By Me rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Padri e figli... Già il titolo riassume l'essenza del romanzo: lo scontro generazionale che, nel bene e nel male, ha portato nuove ideologie nella Russia dell'ottocento.
Già nelle prime pagine si nota il leggero vento del cambiamento che inizia ad avvolgere la grande nazione, non è ancora il tempo delle rivolte, ma nel testo si riesce a percepire il primo accenno di scontento delle classi sociali più deboli.
I due protagonisti: Arkadij Kirsanov e Evgenij Bazarov sono appena usciti dall'università.
Sep 09, 2012 ·Karen· rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 19th-century
In the first 58 pages, up to the end of Chapter XI, the ideas are clear black and white, no equivocation or ambiguity. Arkady and Bazarov arrive at Arkady’s father’s estate, where the father, Nikolay Petrovich lives with his brother Pavel and Nikolay’s charming, extremely youthful what? lover? mistress? common-law wife? In any case they have a son together, but everything is sweetness and light, because Arkady is not resentful of the new heir: he is a thoroughly modern man, not nearly as scandal ...more
I REALLLLLY, really, really, really liked this. I fell in love with Yevgeny Vasil'evich Bazarov – yeah, the nihilist. I am not one to favor nihilism; it is the wrong philosophy to have in life. But you know how it is - the way you love your children. You love them regardless of their silly ideas, regardless of what they do, regardless of the mean things they may say to you. You still love them with all your heart. You would do anything to save them. Well, I fell in love with Yevgeny in that way. ...more
Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
Cheap and ubiquitous. I bought a copy once for the price of a newspaper. Months later, forgetting that I already have a copy, I bought another one because it was priced so low that it was practically a giveaway. Recently, seeing my two almost identical copies I decided to finally read it already, fearing that if I don't do so, I might forget again and be lured into buying another copy, cheaper and more handsome.

About halfway through the novel was where it lost a lone star from me. And 'twas not
Aug 17, 2016 Minas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Φοβερός τουργκενιεφ!Δεδομενου οτι γράφτηκε τον 19ο αιώνα το βιβλιο,η συνέπεια και η διαχρονικότητα των χαρακτήρων του δίνουν ακομα μεγαλύτερη αξία ως ανάγνωσμα!
Nelson Zagalo
Um romance que teve impacto no seu tempo, relevante no abrir de novos ideais e horizontes intelectuais, mas que hoje pouco diz. Não que o que diz e quando o disse não continue a ser relevante de uma perspectiva histórica, mas antes porque enquanto romance é meramente mediano. Este pode até ser o melhor do legado de Turgenev, mas se o é, e se ainda é recordado, apenas às ideias que defendia o deve, tendo este usado o romance como mero envelope, já que pouco mais podemos aproveitar desta leitura.

Foad Ansari
بازارف قهرمان داستان پیرو نهیلیست و پوچ گراست. گویا اولین بار این واژه توسط تورگینف وارد ادبیات شده است بازارف علاقه اش به نفی کردن محیط اطراف و یا همه چیز است. همچنین میتوان او را عملگرا دانست و او اوقاتش را صرف بررسی علوم طبیعی مثل شیمی و فیزیک . گیاه شناسی میکند و ارزشی برای احساسات و عواطف و عشق و همچنین متافیزیک و روح و اخلاق و هر آنچه از حوزه ماده و طبیعت خارج باشد قایل نیست.

شاید بشود گفت که او یک ماتریالیست نهیلیست است. ولی اینکه تورگینف نویسنده رمان چرا بازارف را محکوم به تنهایی میکند نم
Jan 16, 2016 Ugur rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Rus edebiyatı ve o donemlerin Rusyasini sevenler için güzel bir kitap.

Kitabı okurken nedense aklıma hep Kurt Seyit ve Şura isimli dizideki sahneler geldi. Rus sehirlisi, köylüsü, toprak sahibi ve toprak sahibine ait köylülerin modern düşünceler ile değişen dinamiklerin yan hikaye olarak anlatıldığı güzel bir kitap.
This is not a review.

But today there have been many exchanges on several of the reviews on this book at GR, and I just found this link to an essay by Henry James on Turgenev, and I did not know where to hang it.
May 13, 2016 Χρήστος rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Απλά υλικά και όχι ιδιαίτερα συναρπαστικό, αλλά με μια γοητευτική απαλότητα στη γραφή, χιούμορ, εξαίσιους διαλόγους κι ένα πολύ συγκινητικό τέλος.
Non posso dire di aver apprezzato interamente questo "Padri e figli", tanto che se dovessi associarmi all'idea di uno dei tanti critici che hanno cercato di raccontarci di questo libro, probabilmente mi troverei d'accordo (ancora una volta) con Nabokov, il quale mostrò un interesse "moderato" verso l'opera del suo concittadino. Un interesse moderato perché Turgenev, prima di poterlo accostare a gente come Tolstoj o Dostoevskij, Lermontov o Gogol', Puskin o Cechov, e in generale a quanto di megli ...more
Sep 27, 2015 Mohammad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
پدران و پسران، داستانی خواندنی تر و بهتر از «آدم زیادی» بود. داستانی با درونمایه ای قابل قیاس با «جن زدگان» داستایوفسکی، که البته ظرایف بسیاری مثل همتای خود داشت. اوج این مطابقت را میتوان جایی دید که «بازارُف» (ضدقهرمان داستان) به «آرکادی» (رفیق و مرید خوش طینتش) درباره «سیتنیکف» (مرید دیگر بازارف که البته نادان و اهل ادا و ژست است) میگوید: «آخر بفهم، وجود چنین درازگوشهایی لازم است تا خدایان بکارهای کوچک نپردازند» (ص 198). این درست معادل نسبت «پیوتر استپانوویچ» در جن زدگان با مردم عادی، وحتی اعض ...more
Sep 03, 2014 Dorcas rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As beautifully as Turgenov writes (and he is a master of his craft),and as much as I love Russian Lit, I cannot give this book three stars because that would mean that I enjoyed it, and I didn't.

I can't tell you how many times I wanted to mark this as did-not-finish and toss it across the room it was sooooo frustrating to me. I'm not keen on philosophy in general, and couple that with a philosophy I can't disagree with more strongly and, well, you have a rather disagreeable experience.

Dec 29, 2008 Lavinia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev (Cyrillic: Иван Тургенев) was a novelist, poet and dramatist, and now ranks as one of the towering figures of Russian literature. His major works include the short-story collection A Sportsman’s Sketches (1852) and the novels Rudin (1856), Home of the Gentry (1859), On the Eve (1860), and Fathers and Sons (1862). These works offer realistic, affectionate portrayals of the ...more
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“Whereas I think: I’m lying here in a haystack... The tiny space I occupy is so infinitesimal in comparison with the rest of space, which I don’t occupy and which has no relation to me. And the period of time in which I’m fated to live is so insignificant beside the eternity in which I haven’t existed and won’t exist... And yet in this atom, this mathematical point, blood is circulating, a brain is working, desiring something... What chaos! What a farce!” 115 likes
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