The Crocodile

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The Crocodile is an outstanding piece of satire: It is vicious, dreamlike, scatological, and one of the funniest things that Dostoevsky ever wrote. In this brief work, he reveals his hatred of communism and socialism in an unusually direct caricature. The tongue-in-cheek "true story" follows a civil servant who suddenly gets swallowed alive by a crocodile — but he survives, carrying on his duties and preaching socialist theories from within the crocodile's belly.

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Overview

The Crocodile is an outstanding piece of satire: It is vicious, dreamlike, scatological, and one of the funniest things that Dostoevsky ever wrote. In this brief work, he reveals his hatred of communism and socialism in an unusually direct caricature. The tongue-in-cheek "true story" follows a civil servant who suddenly gets swallowed alive by a crocodile — but he survives, carrying on his duties and preaching socialist theories from within the crocodile's belly.

Dostoevsky is best known for his understanding of the dark side of human nature, but The Crocodile proves he was equally adept at sarcastic, absurdist observations.

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"A lucid and stylish translation . . . evocative of the wit and satire of the original; it is both accurate and fluid." --Dostoevsky Studies

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"A lucid and stylish translation . . . evocative of the wit and satire of the original; it is both accurate and fluid." —Dostoevsky Studies
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781468301540
  • Publisher: Overlook
  • Publication date: 1/29/2013
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 781,293
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 4.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881) is a renowned fiction writer, essayist and philosopher. He was born in Moscow and studied from 1838 to 1843 at the Military Engineering College at St. Petersburg. Following the success of his debut novel Poor Folk in 1846, he was arrested and sentenced to death (later commuted to exile) in 1849 for participating in the Petrashevsky Circle. Among his most important works are Notes from the Underground, Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, The Possessed, and The Brothers Karamazov.

S. D. Cioran is Professor Emeritus of Russian literature at McMaster University. His other translations include Sologub's The Petty Demon and Saltykov's The Golovlyov Family, both available from Ardis.

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