Nihilism in Fathers and Sons

A pleasant discovery in reading Turgenev’s Fathers and Sons is that it is one of the earliest commentaries on  nihilism. The ever-reliable Wikipedia entry on nihilism cites Fathers and Sons as the work to first popularize the term. It went on to mean something broader thanks to our favorite philosopher of the revolutionary and despot, … Continue reading

Starting Fathers and Sons… Is it any good?

Sorry for the week-long hiatus, but we’re back and picking up the next book on the list, Ivan Turgenev’s Fathers and Sons. This is the first non-20th century novel in the Letters Republic project. Admittedly, that was done intentionally as 19th and 18th century novels (Jane Austin almost universally excepted thanks to her perpetual dominance of the … Continue reading

New book: Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

  We’ve finished The Talented Mr. Ripley and will start up a new book, Ivan Turgenev’s classic Fathers and Sons. I know very little about this work so this will be the best kind of reading experience: a total surprise. Here are the stats and the first line. Fathers and Sons (Also known as Fathers … Continue reading

What Should We Read Next?

Okay gang! If on a winter’s night a traveler was a great start, but we’re ready for a new challenge. I’ll be writing up some closing thoughts on traveler for Monday but in the meantime, I am really keen on finding the next book. Seriously, what do you want to read? Take a look at … Continue reading