FATHERS AND SONS Author:Ivan Turgenev Signet Classics Edition. Translated into English by George Reavey with a Foreward by Alan Hodge. — From the back cover: "The publication of 'Fathers and Sons' enraged old and young, reactionaries, romantics, and radicals. Unlike its predecessors, it attacked all social classes through its portrait of the blatant nihilist, Bazarov, who makes a pra... more »ctice of exposing self-deception in those around him. On a visit to the Kirsanov estate, Bazarov's scathing comments, his dark example, threaten the integrity of each of his hosts; the old landowner, Nicholas, who prides himself on his mistress, a former peasant, the old man's decadent brother, Paul, who prides himself on his fashionable lack of purpose, and Arcady, Nicholas's intellectual son, who prides himself on his understanding of Bazarov's motivation. Widely criticized by Russia's radical press, Turgenev won the acclaim of Flaubert, Maupassant and Henry James for being the first author to use psychological character studies instead of elaborate plot, and the first to create the modern revolutionary type, the 'outsider' ".
No date of publication for this edition on the title page except it is noted as a fifth printing [probably the 1960s].
Originally published by Turgenev in Russian in 1862.« less