Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

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Fathers and Sons is an 1862 novel by Ivan Turgenev, his best known work. The fathers and children of the novel refers to the growing divide between the two generations of Russians, and the character Yevgeny Bazarov has been referred to as the "first Bolshevik", for his nihilism and rejection of the old order. Turgenev wrote Fathers and Sons as a response to the growing cultural schism that he saw between liberals of the 1830s/1840s and the growing nihilist movement. Both the nihilists (the "sons") and the 1830s liberals sought Western-based social change in Russia. Additionally, these two modes of thought were contrasted with the conservative Slavophiles, who believed that Russia's path lay in its traditional spirituality.

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The 72nd greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 34th on The 100 Greatest Novels (greatbooksguide.com)
  2. - 45th on The Novel 100: A Ranking of the Greatest Novels of All Time (The Novel 100)
  3. - 64th on 100 Best Books (Montana State University)
  4. - 89th on 100 Essential Books (Bravo! Magazine)
  5. - Finest Works of Fiction (Martin Seymour-Smith and Editors)
  6. - 100 Life-Changing Books (National Book Award)
  7. - Recommended Books (Academy of Achievement)
  8. - The 100 Greatest Books Ever Written (Easton Press)
  9. - The College Board: 101 Great Books Recommended for College-Bound Readers (http://www.uhlibrary.net/pdf/college_board_recommended_books.pdf)
  10. - ZEIT-Bibliothek der 100 B├╝cher (Die Zeit)
  11. - The New Lifetime Reading Plan (The New Lifetime Reading Plan)
  12. - Masterpieces of World Literature (Frank N. Magill)

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