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The Double

by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Alma Books--Bloomsbury UK | March 26, 2013 | Trade Paperback |

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One of the most accessible and entertaining works by the author of "Crime and Punishment" and "The Brothers Karamazov"

"What was worse, he shook the hand as though it had been polluted with something horrid; what is more, he spat aside with disgust, accompanying this with a most insulting gesture; worse still, he drew out his handkerchief and, in the most unseemly way, wiped all the fingers that had rested for one moment in the hand of Mr Golyadkin senior."

Constantly rebuffed from the social circles he aspires to frequent, the timid clerk Golyadkin is confronted by the sudden appearance of his double, a more brazen, confident, and socially succesful version of himself, who abuses and victimizes the original. As he is increasingly persecuted, Golyadkin finds his social, romantic, and professional life unraveling, in a spiral that leads to a catastrophic denouement. Dostoevsky's second published work of fiction, which foreshadows in its themes many of his mature novels, is the surreal and hallucinatory tale of an unfortunate anti-hero, at once chilling in its depiction of the dark sides of human nature, and exuberantly comical. Includes pictures and an extensive section on Dostoevsky's life and works.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 200 Pages, 4.72 × 7.48 × 0.39 in

Published: March 26, 2013

Publisher: Alma Books--Bloomsbury UK

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1847493017

ISBN - 13: 9781847493019

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The Double

The Double

by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 200 Pages, 4.72 × 7.48 × 0.39 in

Published: March 26, 2013

Publisher: Alma Books--Bloomsbury UK

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1847493017

ISBN - 13: 9781847493019

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One of the most accessible and entertaining works by the author of "Crime and Punishment" and "The Brothers Karamazov"

"What was worse, he shook the hand as though it had been polluted with something horrid; what is more, he spat aside with disgust, accompanying this with a most insulting gesture; worse still, he drew out his handkerchief and, in the most unseemly way, wiped all the fingers that had rested for one moment in the hand of Mr Golyadkin senior."

Constantly rebuffed from the social circles he aspires to frequent, the timid clerk Golyadkin is confronted by the sudden appearance of his double, a more brazen, confident, and socially succesful version of himself, who abuses and victimizes the original. As he is increasingly persecuted, Golyadkin finds his social, romantic, and professional life unraveling, in a spiral that leads to a catastrophic denouement. Dostoevsky's second published work of fiction, which foreshadows in its themes many of his mature novels, is the surreal and hallucinatory tale of an unfortunate anti-hero, at once chilling in its depiction of the dark sides of human nature, and exuberantly comical. Includes pictures and an extensive section on Dostoevsky's life and works.

About the Author

One of the most powerful and significant authors in all modern fiction, Fyodor Dostoevsky was the son of a harsh and domineering army surgeon who was murdered by his own serfs (slaves), an event that was extremely important in shaping Dostoevsky's view of social and economic issues. He studied to be an engineer and began work as a draftsman. However, his first novel, Poor Folk (1846), was so well received that he abandoned engineering for writing. In 1849, Dostoevsky was arrested for being a part of a revolutionary group that owned an illegal printing press. He was sentenced to be executed, but the sentence was changed at the last minute, and he was sent to a prison camp in Siberia instead. By the time he was released in 1854, he had become a devout believer in both Christianity and Russia - although not in its ruler, the Czar. During the 1860's, Dostoevsky's personal life was in constant turmoil as the result of financial problems, a gambling addiction, and the deaths of his wife and brother. His second marriage in 1887 provided him with a stable home life and personal contentment, and during the years that followed he produced his great novels: Crime and Punishment (1886), the story of Rodya Raskolnikov, who kills two old women in the belief that he is beyond the bounds of good and evil; The Idiots (1868), the story of an epileptic who tragically affects the lives of those around him; The Possessed (1872), the story of the effect of revolutionary thought on the members of o
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