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MonkeyNotes-Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev
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SETTING

The setting is in the mid-nineteenth century in the countryside of Russia. The Kirsanov family live in a mansion called New Suburb, which due to lack of sufficient money and income has a shabby derelict air around it. The land around it has been rented out to the serfs who farm on it. Most of the scenes in the novel take place at the house. Certain sections have been described around the townside, when Arcady and Bazarov go visiting. But the mainstay is the house where Nicholas Kirsanov has been residing.


It is that time of the century, when in Russia, Nihilism was still an unaccepted doctrine and people especially the aristocratic gentry reacted with hostility to it. In such an atmosphere the theories of Nihilism are eulogized by Bazarov and condemned by the refined Paul Kirsanov

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