As Arkady Kirsanov returns home after graduation, his father waits patiently for him—excited to see his much-loved son once again. But in returning home to a world that has remained static, Arkady and his friend Bazarov, a self-defined nihilist, find themselves wholly changed, and must now redefine old relationships—both their friendship with one another and their relationships with their fathers—from new perspectives. Ivan Turgenev’s brilliant novel explores generational differences and their tragic consequences.
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