Netochka Nezvanova

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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  - zasmine - LibraryThing

It is really unfortunate that this book was left incomplete. Dostoevsky's dive into the mind of his characters begins here apparently. I liked the characters, the turmoil of the protagonist, a little ... Read full review

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User Review  - hemlokgang - LibraryThing

As part of a LibraryThing Group read of all of Dostoevsky's novels, in chronological order, this is the second. There are pros and cons to this book in my opinion. I did not like that all women are ... Read full review

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About the author (1985)

Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821–1881), 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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