The Russian social critic Dmitry I. Pisarev writes in his essay Bazarov that "Turgenev's novel, in addition to its artistic beauty, is remarkable for the fact that it stirs the mind, leads to reflection, although, it does not solve a single problem itself". The novel's brilliance does not reside in the situations we witness, but in the author's attitudes toward those situations. Pisarev notes that the author's attitude "leads to reflection precisely because everything is permeated with the most complete and most touching sincerity" (Pisarev 186).
"The Role of Narrative, Plot, and Abstract Discussion in Turgenev’s Fathers and Sons,"
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