The Double

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Courier Corporation, Mar 12, 1997 - Fiction - 144 pages
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While his literary reputation rests mainly on such celebrated novels as Crime and Punishment, The Brothers Karamazov, and The Idiot, Dostoyevsky also wrote much superb short fiction. The Double is one of the finest of his shorter works. It appeared in 1846 (his second published work) and is by far the most significant of his early stories, not least for its successful, straight-faced treatment of a hallucinatory theme.
In The Double, the protagonist, Golyadkin senior, is persecuted by his double, Golyadkin junior, who resembles him closely in almost every detail. The latter abuses the former with mounting scorn and brutality as the tale proceeds toward its frightening denouement. Characteristic Dostoyevskyan themes of helplessness, victimization, and scandal are beautifully handled here with an artistry that qualifies the story as a small masterpiece.
Students of literature, admirers of Dostoyevsky, and general readers will all be delighted to have this classic work available in this inexpensive, high-quality edition.

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User Review  - pearl - Goodreads

So apparently this book gives people panic attacks and is, according to DS Mirsky, "painful, almost intolerable reading". I don't know if I'm ready for another Dostoevsky. It has, after all, been a few years since my last reading of him. BUT THIS SOUNDS SO GOOD. /flails Read full review

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User Review  - Bendow - Goodreads

Am I obligated to give the book a higher rating because it's written by Fyodor? No. I liked it though, I'll say that much. Read full review

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With his sympathetic portrayals of the downtrodden of 19th-century Russian society, Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881) exercised immense influence on modern writers. His novels featured profound philosophical and psychological insights that anticipated the development of psychoanalysis and existentialism.

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