New York: Leypoldt & Holt, 1867. First English language edition. Translated from the Russian by Eugene Schuyler. A stunning, Fine copy of the book bound in the publisher's green coth. Bright spine gilt, uncracked hinges and bright white pages.
Originally published in Russia in 1862, this book remains the author's most important literary contribution. It tracks the growing divide between generations of Russians who adopt western theories first of liberalism then nihilism. As with many other works of this period, it also follows the emotional growth and love interests of parallel characters. Its influence can be felt in later works by Tolstoy and Dostoevsky as well as numerous western authors. Along with Gogol's "Dead Souls," this work is considered one of the earliest modern Russian novels. Fine (Item #5259)