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Matt Hickle Russian Civilization Dr. Zarankin December 4, 2006 Bizarre-ov Ivan Turgenev’s “Fathers and Sons” has endured as one of Russia’s finest pieces of literature. This dichotomous account of two Russian generations during a time of upheaval and change centers on the character Yevgeny Vasilevich Bazarov, a young “Man of the ‘60s” (those being the 1860s). Bazarov, a nihilist, is a character shrouded in mystery and quite a headache to dissect, especially in regards to the author’s intent for the character. Turgenev paints Bazarov as a nihilist, a naturalist, and a pragmatist and while these traits do not naturally lend themselves to a character that one could find sympathy for, Turgenev manages to do so. This sympathy caused quite a stir in the Russian literary community when the book was published: readers simply could not determine what they were supposed to think about Bazarov. Liberals thought that Turgenev was lampooning their lifestyles and beliefs when he wrote Bazarov as such a radical, almost a caricature of Radical leftists in Russia. Where Liberals saw a caricature of their ideals, Conservatives saw martyr. The Russian Right saw Bazarov as a dangerous character and thought that the sympathy Turgenev wrote into the character would garner 1
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Matt Hickle Russian Civilization Dr. Zarankin December 4, 2006 support for their opposition, since the book was a best
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course RUSSIAN 2310 taught by Professor Zarankin during the Spring '06 term at Missouri (Mizzou).

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