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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ivan Turgenev Narrator: Anthony Heald Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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One of the most controversial Russian novels ever written, Fathers and Sons dramatizes the volcanic social conflicts that divided Russia just before the revolution, pitting peasants against masters, traditionalists against intellectuals, and fathers against sons. It is also a timeless depiction of the ongoing clash between generations.

When a young graduate returns home, he is accompanied—much to his father and uncle’s discomfort—by a strange friend who does not acknowledge any authority and does not accept any principle on faith. Bazarov is a nihilist, representing the new class of youthful radical intelligentsia that would come to overthrow the Russian aristocracy and its values. Uncouth and forthright in his opinions, Turgenev’s hero is nonetheless susceptible to love and, by that fact, doomed to unhappiness.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Stirs the mind…because everything is permeated with the most complete and most touching sincerity.”

    Dmitri Pisarev, Russian writer and social critic

  • “No fiction writer can be read through with a steadier admiration.”

    Edmund Wilson, American writer

  • “[A novel of] profound vitality.”

    N. N. Strakhov, Russian philosopher and literary critic

  • “Vividly portrays the unsettled state of Russian peasantry before the revolution.”

    Masterpieces of World Literature

  • “The subtlety and rightness of Turgenev’s technique is most clearly seen in the central character Bazarov…a prefiguration of twentieth-century man.”

    Masterpieces of World Literature

  • “The physician Bazarov, the novel’s protagonist, is the most powerful of Turgenev’s creations.”

    Merriam Webster’s Encyclopedia of Literature

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by alana Semuels | 2/12/2014

    " This was written in 19th century Russia, which made me worry that it was going to be turgid and boring when I checked it out of the library on a whim (as an e-book! go lapl!). But it was compelling, funny and sad. It even had essential elements of Russian novels: a duel, a death and unrequited love. Highly recommended for those who want to read a Russian novel that's finishable. The audioversion was quite good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Erin | 2/5/2014

    " An answer to an unsaid prayer. I needed this book so much at the exact moment I read it. The ending is all encompassing and brings such peace and solace. So written for our times - I swear. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Gerald | 1/28/2014

    " I thought this was really pretty, and it softened the insanity Dostoevsky had just brought out in me, and even made me want to avoid him for a while. Turgenev's sincerety is moving; this is the perfect sort of book for a househusband. Arkadii then, was of course my favorite character, and how I envy him! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Julie | 1/24/2014

    " This was fast-paced. Characters did not seem to evolve; rather, they shifted. Bazarov's nihilism was not intriguing. But I would give Tugernev another go. "

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