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The paper stresses Turgenev's awareness of 1850s divisions in thought and standards in Russia, the young at odds with the old, but with much debate amongst people of the same classes. The paper discusses how through his nihilist hero, Bazarov, he shows the old Orthodox spirituality of one generation, the liberalism of others and the enigma of a young doctor who believes in nothing till he falls in love. The paper explains that for Turgenev, ideology means nothing really, for in the end we are human beings, men and women, whose lives and hearts are unpredictable.
From the Paper:"Ivan Sergevitch Turgenev (1818-1883) is well known for his novel of 1862, "Fathers & Sons", an early Russian novel of its kind coming before works that became popular to English-speaking readers by Tolstoy or Dostoevsky. Turgenev's work is interesting to read in 2007 because some of the themes seem to be quite timeless. North American university students can be just as driven and firm about their values and their political opinions as the intellectuals of Turgenev's hero and his associates were. Turgenev described a Russia whose educated classes can be very confused or with thinking people pitted against one another, for the old Russian order is..."
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Turgenev's "Fathers & Sons" (2007, December 01) Retrieved December 09, 2019, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/turgenev-fathers-sons-135186/
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