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Fathers and Sons (Tantor Unabridged Classics) [Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged] [MP3 CD]

Ivan Turgenev , Sean Runnette
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20 Dec 2010 145265073X 978-1452650739 Unabridged
This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book.
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  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc; Unabridged edition (20 Dec 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145265073X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452650739
  • Product Dimensions: 19.1 x 13.5 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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Fathers and Sons was one of the first Russian novels to be translated for a wider European audience. It is a difficult art: in this superb new version, Peter Carson has succeeded splendidly

(Michael Binyon The Times)

If you want to get as close as an English reader can to enjoying Turgenev, Carson is probably the best (Donald Rayfield Times Literary Supplement) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Russian novelist, poet, and playwright Ivan Turgenev (1818-1883) is famous for his utterly realistic portrayal of Russia in the 19th century. He believed that in order to change the course of Russian history, the nation needed to follow the ideals of the Enlightenment. Born into a wealthy family, he was staunchly against serfdom, but he did not believe in revolution as the solution to Russian problems and asserted that hard-work and diligence would lead the nation to greatness. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We're Old ... And Done For 21 May 2009
By demola
The struggle between the generations. It's nasty, heartbreaking and futile. And it's easily recognisable by about all young men who've fought to build a personality independent of their parents. The young regard with disdain efforts by the ancients to "understand" the new generation. The old recall with regret their vanquished youth and cannot understand why their grown-up children shun them. As Nikolai Petrovich notes all old people were young once too. It's a vicious merry-go-round from father to son to his son on and on and explored in F&S to brutal effect. What is it all for - this existence with its sighs, hopes, banalities and the crushing disappointments and humiliations that one must endure to get to the finishing line? Nihilism. Love. Duty. Faith. Reason. Tradition. Each to his own as Turgenev's characters disperse.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars American English 12 Nov 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
British readers should be aware that this edition of Fathers and Sons is translated into American English. If you can live with "gotten", "envisioning", "catching on fire" and the rest of it it's a decent version of a wonderful book but personally I find the idiom jarring and I'll stick with my disintegrating Penguin Classics paperback.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The generation gap! 1 Nov 2006
By Room For A View VINE VOICE
One of the many delights of reading fiction from any literary period is the sense of timeless authority fashioned by the rich imaginations of talented writers. Although the historical settings may seem distant the characters behave pretty much as they do today, for example, they feel pain, fall in love, philosophise, act benevolently, contradict themselves, are conceited and pretentious. And these traits of human nature are compassionately handled by Turgenev in a novel that skilfully captures the ageless dilemma of youthful idealism (the sons) versus contented maturity (the fathers) thrust against the socio-political conservatism and burgeoning radicalism of mid 19th century Russia. The principle protagonist, Bazarov, is the archetypal angry young man, an Epicurean nihilist with romantic tendencies! Such are the contradictory dimensions belonging to this strain of Russian reactionaries, who want to destroy society's institutions whilst not caring about what to put in their place. In dismissing the existing social order and its moral obligations Bazarov is forced to confront his own despair and loss. In a telling passage Bazarov details, to his friend Arkady, his sense of `spiritual' insignificance in an indifferent universe, "I feel nothing but depression and rancour." Bazarov, however, is only human, and when he encounters the independent, educated, beautiful widow, Madame Odintsov, his self-imposed emotional detachment is tested to breaking point with catastrophic consequences. The story is an extraordinary examination of the cost of moral principles even if you think, as Bazarov does, you don't have any. This edition contains an excellent lecture and introduction detailing Turgenev's literary life, contemporary reaction to Fathers and Sons and the political climate of the period.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By bobbygw
While I also love the fiction of Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy, having read this I was not surprised to learn from the editor of this edition that it was Turgenev who proved to be the most popular Russian novelist in Europe during the shared lifetimes of these three giant authors. And that, throughout the 1850s and 60s, Turgenev was likewise the most famous and loved in Russia. Interestingly, he was also the most controversial and passionate debate both for and against Turgenev and this novel even up to the 1950s.

Turgenev's greater popularity, compared with his two most famous counterparts, arguably rests on his deeper humanity and, thereby, psychological and emotional complexity that he breathes into his principal characters from their first introduction. With Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy, it seems too often that their own characters' complexity originates always from experiences of trauma, crisis and conflict in their lives, compared with Turgenev's characters who have an inherent, natuarl complexity and intelligence.

Of the characters here, there is much to enjoy, be engaged as well as challenged by. Bazarov and Arkady, university students, take a holiday together, visiting Arkady's landlord and liberal-minded, caring father (Nikolai) and uncle (Pavel), formerly a distinguished army captain, at Nikolia's farm and home, with whom Pavel also lives. The conflict between `fathers and sons' is played out primarily in this holiday, arising because of Bazarov's deep-seated nihilism and his insistent, relentlessly stern fatalism that he preaches.

The story is worth reading just two characters alone: Bazarov himself, who is vividly infuriating and an anti-hero one will never forget on reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of Turgenev 8 Dec 2010
By N Louis
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Turgenev explores Nihilism through his protagonist Bazarov and the flawed notion that humans need only science in their lives and that art, poetry, emotions and elitism can be spared and are of no value. Bazarov meets his match in the form of the gentry and later when himself falls in love, the very thing he had convinced himself he did not believe in. Turgenev also makes the contrast with Arcady, the very opposite of Bazarov and whom he tried to recruit to his ideas, the precursors of communism that was to follow a few decades later. The emancipation of the serfs was a dividing issue at the time, and also the old ways of the fathers versus the new dawn the sons were searching for. Turgenev leaves it to his readers to see the different views of all parties even including the ordinary villagers and of course the gentry. Bazarov comes to a sticky end and Turgenev portrays poingantly the suffering of his parents. If only Bazarov understood the real meaning of inner happiness and the value of artistic creation in people's lives. The book is a panorama of russian life and russian people in the second half of the 19th century.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent depiction of the tensions in Russian society
more informative than a history book for me.. How was a society this compromised still able to limp on for another fifty years and how did Russia ever get so distant from western... Read more
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Took me a while to get in to this but a classic look at the gap between generations and how parents and children try to connect. Read more
Published 8 months ago by walton
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful dissection of a political idea
FATHERS AND SONS treats Nihilism succinctly, far more than any other book I can think of. It makes the idea easy to understand through true to life characters that we can relate... Read more
Published 10 months ago by John T C
5.0 out of 5 stars Fathers and Sons
One of my all time favourite novels - lost my original copy so this was a replacement as I know I shall read and re-read
Published 20 months ago by Seagull
4.0 out of 5 stars "Liberalism, progress, principles...to a Russian they're not worth a...
First published in 1861, Turgenev's classic novel is dominated by the young radical Bazarov, whose arrival in the Russian provinces causes upheaval amongst his comfortably liberal... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant but Spoilt by the End
Turgenev can not be matched by other Russian classical writers for his brilliant understanding of human psychology. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Bella Maria Delorus
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good - but not a CD
A very good product. But one note of caution: despite the description, this is NOT a CD - it's an MP3D. Read more
Published on 14 May 2012 by Stuart Emmerson
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Russian literature
My copy of this book is "A Bantam Classic", translated by Barbara Makanowitzky, with an introduction by Alexandra Tolstoy. Read more
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