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Written by Ivan TurgenevAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Ivan Turgenev
Revised by Elizabeth Cheresh AllenAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Elizabeth Cheresh Allen
Translated by Constance GarnettAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Constance Garnett
Introduction by Ann Pasternak SlaterAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Ann Pasternak Slater

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
  • Publisher: Modern Library
  • On Sale: November 13, 2001
  • Price: $11.95
  • ISBN: 978-0-375-75839-3 (0-375-75839-9)
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When Fathers and Sons was first published in Russia, in 1862, it was met with a blaze of controversy about where Turgenev stood in relation to his account of generational misunderstanding. Was he criticizing the worldview of the conservative aesthete, Pavel Kirsanov, and the older generation, or that of the radical, cerebral medical student, Evgenii Bazarov, representing the younger one? The critic Dmitrii Pisarev wrote at the time that the novel "stirs the mind . . . because everything is permeated with the most complete and most touching sincerity." N. N. Strakhov, a close friend of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky, praised its "profound vitality." It is this profound vitality in Turgenev's characters that carry his novel of ideas to its rightful place as a work of art and as one of the classics of Russian Literature.

"No fiction writer can be read through with a steadier admiration." —Edmund Wilson

The Constance Garnett translation of Fathers and Sons has been substantially revised by Elizabeth Cheresh Allen. Ann Pasternak Slater, a Fellow of St. Anne's College, Oxford, has provided an introduction and notes to this edition. She is author of Shakespeare the Director and the translator of the memoirs of Alexander Pasternak, A Vanished Present.