Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev (1818-1883) was born to the landed aristocracy. As an adult he spent most of his time in Baden-Baden, Germany and Paris, France. A contemporary and rival of Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky, his works include A Sportsman’s Sketches, A Month in the Country, First Love, Diary of a Superfluous Man, Torrents of Spring, Fathers and Sons and other landmarks of nineteenth-century Russian realism.
Fathers and Children (Barnes & Noble Digital Library)by Ivan Turgenev
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Fathers and Children is Turgenev’s best known work and possibly the first truly modern Russian novel. Yevgeny Bazarov, a young medical student and nihilist, challenges the old order of his father’s generation, rejecting any authority or faith not based on science and experience. When Yevegeny falls victim to the emotional pains of his unrequited love for the alluring yet capricious Anna Odintsovaand then to an accidental exposure to typhushe comes face to face with forces beyond philosophical control.
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