Thursday, November 13, 2003

Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

Another one of those Russian novels written about the time the serfs were emancipated and the changes coming to Russian society. It’s a story, that much I can follow, but whatever the larger points it’s trying to make are are lost on me because I’m so far removed from that time and place. Bazarov is the nihilist in the story, the man who believes in nothing that he can not directly observe, and he dies in the end from an infection he gets from dissecting a corpse. Arkady is his devotee who strays from this philosophy, gets married, and lives happily ever after. What do you think that means?

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