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Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

When a young graduate returns home he is accompanied, much to his father and uncle's discomfort, by a strange friend "who doesn't acknowledge any authorities, who doesn't accept a single principle on faith." Turgenev's masterpiece of generational conflict shocked Russian society when it was published in 1862 and continues today to seem as fresh and outspoken as it did to those who first encountered its nihilistic hero.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    And to follow up on the man-of-action vs man-of-leisure thing in the Russian classics, how could I have forgotten: there is the grand-daddy of them all, Goncharov's "Oblomov"!

    November 11, 2013

  • Tom S.

    Really enjoyed the different perspectives. “What's important is that twice two is four and all the rest's nonsense.” Bazarov, the Russian Jacobin, is one of my favorite characters.

    November 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    To follow up, the short fiction by Turgenev I would recommend for reading is "Asya", "Torrents of Spring", " A Sportsman's Sketches" (aka "The Hunter's Sketches" or 'The Sportsman's Notebook") and "First Love." Also for your perusal am including a link to an interesting item on existing Turgenev translations, with some comparison between the translations of "Fathers and Sons." Great talking to everyone!
    http://www.steamthing.com/2007/05/turgenev_the_tr.html

    November 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great first-time meeting. I look forward to January for the next one!

    November 10, 2013

  • Janet K.

    I'm so sorry, but got notified late that I start a class tomorrow and have to get ready for it. I read the book and regret that I won't be there for the discussion. See you in January and Happy Holidays and New Year's to all!

    November 10, 2013

  • David R.

    Guys,

    Unfortunately I won't be able to join you this time as I'm on vacation in SC. I read the book and it's a good one. I know you'll have a great discussion.

    David

    November 9, 2013

    • Elena

      We'll miss you, David! Hope you'll be able to join us next time!

      November 10, 2013

  • Michelle C.

    I just joined, so I won't have time to read the book. I will definitely to make the next one

    November 7, 2013

    • Rebecca

      The next meetup will be in January. Feel free to come even if you haven't read the book.

      November 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am out of town for this one.

    November 4, 2013

  • Janet K.

    The Tap Room on the ground floor next to Subway really helped. It was nice to be able to hear everyone better and to feel that we weren't disturbing others with our conversation. Thanks Rebecca for the move! See you for Fathers and Sons next month.

    October 14, 2013

  • Rebecca

    Please note, we are going to try a quieter location on the ground floor of the Union: the Tap Room. It's just through the propped open doors next to Subway. We'll be back by the windows. We are hoping this will make it easier to hear each other.

    September 30, 2013

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