Quotation by Vladimir Nabokov

Fathers and Sons is not only the best of Turgenev's novels, it is one of the most brilliant novels of the nineteenth century. Turgenev managed to do what he intended to do, to create a male character, a young Russian, who would affirm his—that character's—absence of introspection and at the same time would not be a journalist's dummy of the socialistic type.
Vladimir Nabokov (1899–1977), Russian-born U.S. novelist, poet. "Ivan Turgenev," Lectures on Russian Literature (1981).
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