Неточка Незванова

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Penguin Books Limited, 1985 - Fiction - 172 pages
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Netochka Nezvanova - a 'Nameless Nobody' - tells the story of a childhood dominated by her stepfather, Efimov, a failed musician who believes he is a neglected genius. The young girl is strangely drawn to this drunken ruin of a man, who exploits her and drives the family to poverty. But when she is rescued by an aristocratic family, the abuse against Netochka's delicate psyche continues in a more subtle way, condemning her to remain an outsider - a solitary spectator of a glittering society. Conceived as part of a novel on a grand scale, Netochka Nezvanova remained incomplete after Dostoyevsky was exiled to Siberia for 'revolutionary activities' in 1849. With its depiction of the suffering, loneliness, madness and sin that affect both rich and poor in St Petersburg, it contains the great themes that were to dominate his later novels.

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User Review  - Dianne Oliver - Goodreads

Dostoyevsky, a two? Sadly, yes. He was apparently not ready to shine at this point in time. There of course is his talent, not to be denied, but not yet used to good purpose. Perhaps, as it is ... Read full review

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User Review  - Joseph Costello - Goodreads

For completists only. Started interestingly enought but went nowhere fast after the first three chapters and one wonders whether it would have been completed even had he not been imprisoned after the publication of the its first segment. Read full review

About the author (1985)

Fyodor Dostoyevsky (18211881), one of nineteenth-century Russia's greatest novelists, spent four years in a convict prison in Siberia, after which he was obliged to enlist in the army. In later years his penchant for gambling sent him deeply into debt. Most of his important works were written after 1864, including Notes from Underground, Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, and The Brothers Karamazov, all available from Penguin Classics.

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