The Eternal Husband

The Eternal Husband


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The most monstrous monster is the monster with noble feelings.

This remarkably edgy and suspenseful tale shows that, despite being better known for his voluminous and sprawling novels, Fyodor Dostoevsky was a master of the more tightly-focused form of the novella.

The Eternal Husband may, in fact, constitute his most classically-shaped composition, with his most devilish plot: a man answers a late-night knock on the door to find himself in a tense and puzzling confrontation with the husband of a former lover—but it isn’t clear if the husband knows about the affair. What follows is one of the most beautiful and piercing considerations ever written about the dualities of love: a dazzling psychological duel between the two men over knowledge they may or may not share, bringing them both to a shattering conclusion.

The Art of The Novella Series

Too short to be a novel, too long to be a short story, the novella is generally unrecognized by academics and publishers. Nonetheless, it is a form beloved and practiced by literature's greatest writers. In the Art Of The Novella series, Melville House celebrates this renegade art form and its practitioners with titles that are, in many instances, presented in book form for the first time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781847496560
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 07/03/2018
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.18(w) x 7.89(h) x 0.66(d)

About the Author

Fyodor Dostoevsky was born in 1821 in Moscow, the son of a tyrannical doctor subsequently murdered by his serfs. After studying engineering, Dostoevsky published his first novel, Poor Folk, in 1846 to great acclaim. Two years later, however, he was sentenced to death for being a member of a secret intellectual society seen as anti-Czarist. While actually standing before the firing squad, Dostoevsky was given a last-minute reprieve, and sent instead to prison in Siberia for ten years. His novels and the political journals he edited would rankle authorities for the rest of his life. This, plus devastating gambling debts, led him to frequently flee to Europe, even as he composed masterworks such as Crime and Punishment, The Idiot and The Brothers Karamazov. He died in St. Petersburg in 1881.

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The Eternal Husband 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous 11 months ago
DLSmithies on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Gripping, fascinating, darkly humourous, totally character-driven - this is vintage Dostoevsky. It didn't take long to read, but I'm pretty sure I'll be re-reading this one at some point. Highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great short novel that will give readers new to Dostoevsky a wonderful overview of his type of work. It is long enough to have his in-depth psychological characterization. Yet, it does not include lengthy philosophy that may bog new readers down. Of all his shorter works, this is a must read.