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The Double
     

The Double

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by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Constance Garnett (Translator), Fyodor Dostoyevsky
 

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Most significant of the Russian novelist's early stories (1846) offers a straight-faced treatment of a hallucinatory theme. Golyadkin senior is a powerless target of persecution by Golyadkin junior, his double in almost every respect. Familiar Dostoyevskan themes of helplessness, victimization, scandal—beautifully handled in small masterpiece.

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Most significant of the Russian novelist's early stories (1846) offers a straight-faced treatment of a hallucinatory theme. Golyadkin senior is a powerless target of persecution by Golyadkin junior, his double in almost every respect. Familiar Dostoyevskan themes of helplessness, victimization, scandal—beautifully handled in small masterpiece.

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Library Journal
Not one of the author's better-known works, this 1846 novel introduces Golyadkin, a man who one day meets his exact double. The double is not only physically identical but has the same name and background. Golyadkin's happy life spirals downward into paranoia and neurosis as his friends begin to abandon him for the doppelganger. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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“The real nineteenth-century prophet was Dostoevsky, not Karl Marx.” - Albert Camus

“The most impressive thing about The Double is how pertinent it feels today . . . like all the best fiction, The Double reinvents and rewrites itself for the current age” - Jeremy Dyson

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592248940
Publisher:
Alan Rodgers Books
Publication date:
08/28/2002
Pages:
212
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.48(d)

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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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