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Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev
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Aug 03, 11

bookshelves: russian-literature

Classic Russian Fiction, set in the 1860's, we see the tragic impact of radical nihilism through the eyes of young university students and their fathers. We see and feel their total failure to understand each other. As Pavel Petrovitch asks of the young zealots, "Nihilism is the cure of all our woes, and you are our heroes and saviours. But why do you abuse all others, even the reformers?" He struggles to express to his son the value of civilization despite its flaws. This is reading to inspire thought.

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