Fathers and Sons
Turgenevís timeless tale of generational collision, in a sparkling new translation
When Arkady Petrovich returns home from college, his father finds his eager, naÔve son changed almost beyond recognition, for the impressionable Arkady has fallen under the powerful influence of the friend he has brought home with him. A self-proclaimed nihilist, the ardent young Bazarov shocks Arkadyís father with his criticisms of the landowning way of life and his determination to overthrow the traditional values of contemporary society. Vividly capturing the hopes and fears, regrets and delusions of a changing Russia around the middle of the nineteenth century, Fathers and Sons is Ivan Turgenevís masterpiece.
‘[Turgenev] was, all his life, profoundly and painfully concerned with his country’s condition and destiny … incomparable sharpness of vision, poetry and truth’