When a young graduate returns home he is accompanied, much to his father and uncle's discomfort, by a strange friend "who doesn't acknowledge any authorities, who doesn't accept a single principle on faith." Turgenev's masterpiece of generational conflict shocked Russian society when it was published in 1862 and continues today to seem as fresh and outspoken as it did to those who first encountered its nihilistic hero.
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by Ivan Doig
"Deftly weaving nineteenth-century mannerisms and pace with contemporary theater's rhythms and naturalism, a fine collection of Hollywood actors presents this story of an aristocratic university student who returns home to grapple with three generations of family. Although Irish playwright Brian Friel and Russian novelist Ivan Turgenev were born more than a century apart, their concerns for their country's landless poor and collapsing gentry had much in common. So it's no surprise that in 1987 Friel adapted one of Turgenev's best-known novels to the stage. This performance is easy with itself--focused and full of life, just like the two great writers who brought the epic masterwork to bear. B.P. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine"
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