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Bazarov—a gifted, impatient, and caustic young man—has journeyed from school to the home of his friend Arkady Kirsanov. But soon Bazarov’s outspoken rejection of authority and social conventions touches off quarrels, misunderstandings, and romantic entanglements that will utterly transform the Kirsanov household and reflect the changes taking place across all of nineteenth ...more
Paperback, 244 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by Signet Book (first published February 1862)
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Rita Pabat Turgenev's drama is not so far on the age as Dostoyevsky's stuff (nobody's actually is so far :) It's more like the casual drama of everyday life. So…moreTurgenev's drama is not so far on the age as Dostoyevsky's stuff (nobody's actually is so far :) It's more like the casual drama of everyday life. So if you are looking for intensity I would recommend "A Hero of Our Time" by Lermontov (heartbreaking, there are no words to describe my impressions, must-read), "Seven Who Were Hanged" by Leonid Andreyev (I've cried on a bus in public while reading), "The White Guard" by Mikhail Bulgakov (soulful Bulgakov at his best) and "The Duel" by Aleksandr Kuprin (nothing but Russian soul, hard to describe, the only way is to experience). (less)

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Henry Avila
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the quiet, sleepy, out of the way areas of rural Russia under the autocratic Czars, during the mid nineteenth century, nothing happens, still reality will show its unpleasant dark aspects as other things appear, the catalyst , two university educated arrogant young men return home, they believe that their flame of light will transform the nation for the better . However the students still have a great deal to learn about the ancient land. Arkady Kirsanov under the influence of the bright Evge ...more
knig
Nov 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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Steven Godin
I had some doubts upon reading Turgenev for the first time, could he really stand up with the likes of Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky?, simple answer, yes. Fathers and Sons, although not on an epic level in terms of length, does an authentic and realistic job of presenting an account of upper class 19th century Russian provincial life, and indeed it doesn't surprise me he gained greater respect in some parts in regards to the two other Russian greats. Turgenev arguably had better popularity due to his ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
874. Отцы и дѣти = Fathers and Sons = Fathers and Children, Ivan Turgenev
Fathers and Sons (Russian: «Отцы и дети»; Ottsy i deti), also translated more literally as Fathers and Children, is an 1862 novel by Ivan Turgenev, and ties with A Nest of Gentlefolk for the repute of being his best novel.
Major characters: Yevgeny Vasilevich Bazarov – A nihilist and medical student.
Arkady Nikolaevich Kirsanov – A recent graduate of St. Petersburg University and friend of Bazarov.
Nikolai Petrovich Kirsanov
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Praveen
Apr 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fathers feel that they now belong to bygone times and sons feel that they have learned enough to indoctrinate new scientific theories and philosophies to the fathers. This happens today and this happened in this realistic classical work, based on the Russian society of mid 19th century.

The story begins with two brothers. First one, Nikolai Petrovitch, who had lost his wife, but there remained a sense of well-spent life, as his son was growing up under his eyes and, second Pavel Petrovitch, on t
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Tim Wagner
May 16, 2007 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
İntellecta
This book is a real classic of russian literature.The language is understandable and psychological depth. The main character Basarov is the first nihilist of world literature, and rejects all conventional moral concepts. Even in love, he sees nothing but the helplessness of lonely people and distances himself from her. When he finally falls in love, his worldview collapses. Also next to the main character you will meet interesting characters and it's just fun to read this book. Fathers and Sons" ...more
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
Roy Lotz
He has no faith in princeeples, only in frogs.

Turgenev has a reputation of being a novelists’ novelist—admired by such fastidious readers as Gustave Flaubert, Henry James, and Joseph Conrad—and now I can see why. Though quite different in temperament, he reminds me of Jane Austen or E.M. Forster in his seamless mastery of technique and his delicate touch. Apart from the epilogue (a 19th century staple), this novel makes do with very little of the cranking plot mechanics used by so many Victorian
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Aubrey
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
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Ivana Books Are Magic
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This novel opens up with one son returning to his father. The son in question is newly graduate Arkady Kirsanov, who returns home accompanied by his nihilist friend Bazarov. Arkady’s father Nikolai welcomes his son and his friend Bazarov with open arms. Nikolai is naturally happy to have his son back, doing his best to make these young men feel welcome. However, the new philosophical system these young man advocate causes Nikolai to feel uneasy. What kind of philosophical system is it? Well, tha ...more
Darwin8u
Sep 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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Σωτήρης  Αδαμαρέτσος
Υποστηρίζεται ότι ο Ντοστογιεφσκι έγραψε το Αδερφοί Καραμαζοφ και τον ήρωα του Ιβάν Καραμαζοφ ως σλαβοφιλη απάντηση στον Μπαζαροφ του Τουργκιενεφ. Εντούτοις οι πραγματικοί Πατέρες και οι πραγματικοί γιοι του έργου είναι οι άρχοντες και οι μουζικοι. Ο συγγραφέας γοητεύεται από την προσωπικότητα του Μπαζαροφ του μηδενιστη γιατρού που δεν εμπιστεύεται καμία αυθεντία. Για τους αριστοκράτες ο Μπαζαροφ και η υπεροπτικη αντιμετώπιση του απέναντι στην ζωή είναι κάτι πρωτοφανές γι αυτούς, ένας στυγνος αρ ...more
Nikos Tsentemeidis
Μεγάλο έργο, αν και μέχρι τελευταία στιγμή δεν ήμουν σίγουρος για το 5. Πρωτότυπο βιβλίο. Πολύ έντονες οι επιρροές του από τη γαλλική λογοτεχνία. Άλλωστε για πολλά χρόνια ο συγγραφέας έζησε στη Γαλλία, αλλά και σε Γερμανία, Αγγλία.

Οι χαρακτήρες μου θύμισαν Μπουβάρ και Πεκισέ από Φλομπέρ. Αν βρήκα κάποιο ελάττωμα είναι τα υπερβολικά στοιχεία στον χαρακτήρα του Μπαζάροφ. Είναι ένα έργο που προκάλεσε τεράστιες αντιδράσεις στην κοινωνία της Ρωσίας, θετικές αλλά και πολύ αρνητικές.
Maru Kun
Jan 01, 2015 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
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--Fathers and Sons

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David Schaafsma
I re-read Fathers and Sons for a couple reasons; 1) I have been on a small Rereading Great Russian Novel kick the last couple years and 2) I was interested in what the book might have to say about the relationships between fathers and sons. As to #1, this novel was the first Great Russian Novel to achieve international fame, paving the way for--in my estimation—greater works from Dostoevsky and Tolstoy, but it’s also pretty legitimately great in its own right. As to #2, I think it’s less actuall ...more
Fionnuala
I started reading this book because I was looking for clues to help me decipher 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 ...more
peiman-mir5 rezakhani
دوستانِ گرانقدر، داستان جهتِ چکیده نویسی چیز خاصی ندارد... نکتۀ قابل توجه و جالب در این داستان این بود که نقش اول هایِ داستان مدام در حالِ تغییر بودند، ابتدا «نیکلا پترویج» و «آرکادی» شخصیتِ اصلی بودند و سپس آهسته آهسته <بازارف> و «پاول» جایِ آن دو تن را گرفتند
به نظرِ من معتقدِ نبودنِ «بازارف» به خرافات و موهوماتِ دین و مذهب و همچنین امتناع از وابستگی و عاشق شدن نمیتواند طبقِ گفتهٔ کتاب، دلیل بر پوچ گراییِ « بازارف» باشد و اتفاقاً قبول نکردنِ سنت هایِ مردمش و مسائلِ بی ارزشِ دینی و مذهبی ا
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Mark André
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels-ii
A delightful and charming, warm and friendly, life-affirming novel.
The perfect summer vacation book for anyone who likes to read.
Lit Bug
Apr 16, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Lee
Jan 30, 2013 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
Sotiris Karaiskos
Dec 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Μία από τις πολλές λογοτεχνικές μου αμαρτίες είναι ότι ως τώρα δεν είχα διαβάσει κανένα βιβλίο του Ιβάν Τουργκένιεφ, τελικά το έκανα και αισθάνομαι ιδιαίτερα χαρούμενος που γνώρισα έναν πραγματικά σπουδαίο συγγραφέα. Το συγκεκριμένο βιβλίο θεωρείται το μεγάλο αριστούργημα του και μπορώ να καταλάβω γιατί. Το θέμα του, όπως μαρτυρά ο τίτλος του, είναι οι σχέσεις ανάμεσα στις γενιές των Ρώσων της εποχής. Από τη μία οι "πατεράδες", οι εκπρόσωποι της παλιάς σχολής που έχουν πάνω από όλα την παράδοση ...more
Ali
Jan 09, 2014 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
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Mahima
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“It turns out there's empty space in my suitcase and I'm stuffing hay into it. That's just how it is in the suitcase of our lives; it doesn't matter what you stuff in, as long as there's no empty space.”

Whatever problems in the nineteenth century Russia Turgenev, through Fathers and Sons, touches at, all he does is simply portray them with the most stirring sincerity, and this sincerity becomes more important than the fact that he doesn’t provide any solution to these problems; in fact, he only
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Sine
Nov 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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: http://akintiyakurek.blogspot.com.tr/... okuyabilirsiniz. fakat bu anlaşmazlıklarda ön plana çıkan ve bi nevi anlaşmazlığın sebebi de olan dostoyevski'nin rusya sevgisi ve
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Cyndi
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
I was quite surprised by this book. I’m not normally a huge fan of Russian lit because I like happier books and Russian lit from this era tends to be heavy and dramatic. Although I will admit sometimes they hit the right cord for me. This one actually did.
The characters were well developed and the story was interesting without becoming too bogged down in politics.
Alex
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
You might not know about this but ol' Turgenev was sortof a big deal back in the day. This book here in particular paved the way for some of those guys you mighta heard more about - fellas named Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. I don't know why I've started talking like an old-timey prospector. This was a landmark in realism - the big dude before this was Gogol - and also a landmark in not hating serfs (er...Gogol again). Which the thing with serfs is it was like slaves except not stolen from Africa. So. ...more
Evan
"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
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Susana
(review in English below)

"Pais e Filhos não só é o melhor romance de Turguéniev, mas também um dos maiores romances do século XIX."

Assim começa o Posfácio de Nabokov a esta obra. Permito-me discordar e até me parece que o próprio Nabokov acaba por desdizer esta afirmação ao longo desse mesmo Posfácio. Vejamos:

"Descobrimos uma característica fora do vulgar na estrutura de Turguéniev, que tem sérios problemas em apresentar dignamente os seus personagens: vai-lhes construindo genealogias e atribuin
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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 th
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“We sit in the mud, my friend, and reach for the stars.” 1645 likes
“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!” 150 likes
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