A 19th-century novel about two Russian families that popularized the idea of nihilism, beautifully written if a little confused by Constance Garnett’s translation (along with old-fashioned idioms there are a few bugs; notably, one major character is said to die and then pops back up at the book’s end. I’ve linked here to a different translation). The plot is not groundbreaking but it is certainly enjoyable and the book will teach you a little about 1860s Russia, too.
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