July 15, 2022

Novels and Soviet Children

Novels and Soviet Children

Cover of Fathers and Sons novel.

Ivan Turgenev
Translated by Nicolas Pasternak Slater and Maya Slater
NYRB; $16.96; 256 pp.

Forty years have passed since I last read Fathers and … Children (sometimes in translation dubbed Sons). “Children” (Дети) is certainly correct but less apt, considering that the novel is about two university graduates, Arkady Kirsanov and Evgeni Bazarov, and their loving fathers. Anna and Katya Odintsova, the interesting sisters that enchant the heroes, are fatherless.

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