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(Book Jacket Status: Not Jacketed)Introduction by John Bayley; Translation by Avril PymanFrom the Hardcover edition.
Fathers and Children: An Authoritative Text, the Author on the Novel, the Contemporary Reaction and Criticism (2nd edition)by Ivan Turgenev Michael R. Katz
Michael R. Katz presents Turgenev's greatest and ultimately most important novel in an acclaimed translation of Fathers and Children. Katz's translation captures a world on the brink of change, subtle psychological confrontations among powerful fictional characters, and the gracefulness of Turgenev's poetic imagination. [This text is listed as an example that meets Common Core Standards in English language arts in grades 9-10 at http://www.corestandards.org.]
When Fathers and Sons was first published in Russia, in 1862, it was met with a blaze of controversy about where Turgenev stood in relation to his account of generational misunderstanding. Was he criticizing the worldview of the conservative aesthete, Pavel Kirsanov, and the older generation, or that of the radical, cerebral medical student, Evgenii Bazarov, representing the younger one? The critic Dmitrii Pisarev wrote at the time that the novel "stirs the mind . . . because everything is permeated with the most complete and most touching sincerity." N. N. Strakhov, a close friend of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky, praised its "profound vitality." It is this profound vitality in Turgenev's characters that carry his novel of ideas to its rightful place as a work of art and as one of the classics of Russian Literature.introduction and notes by Ann Pasternak Slater ; the Constance Garnett translation has been substantially revised by Elizabeth Cheresh Allen. [This text is listed as an example that meets Common Core Standards in English language arts in grades 6-8 at http://www.corestandards.org.]
"The great thing is to lead a normal life, and not be the slave of your passions. What do you get if not?"One of Russian literature's most renowned love stories--a vivid and sensitive account of adolescent love, wherein the sixteen year old protagonist falls in love with a beautiful but older woman living next door, thereby plunging into a whirlwind of changing emotions that are heightened by her capriciousness, and leading to a truly heart-rending revelation.The Art of The Novella Series Too short to be a novel, too long to be a short story, the novella is generally unrecognized by academics and publishers. Nonetheless, it is a form beloved and practiced by literature's greatest writers. In the Art Of The Novella series, Melville House celebrates this renegade art form and its practitioners with titles that are, in many instances, presented in book form for the first time.
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