Netochka Nezvanova

Paperback | January 7, 1986

byFyodor DostoyevskyTranslated byJane KentishIntroduction byJane Kentish

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Netochka Nezvanova - a 'Nameless Nobody' - tells the story of a childhood dominated by her stepfather, Efimov, a failed musician who believes he is a neglected genius. The young girl is strangely drawn to this drunken ruin of a man, who exploits her and drives the family to poverty. But when she is rescued by an aristocratic family, the abuse against Netochka's delicate psyche continues in a more subtle way, condemning her to remain an outsider - a solitary spectator of a glittering society. Conceived as part of a novel on a grand scale, Netochka Nezvanova remained incomplete after Dostoyevsky was exiled to Siberia for 'revolutionary activities' in 1849. With its depiction of the suffering, loneliness, madness and sin that affect both rich and poor in St Petersburg, it contains the great themes that were to dominate his later novels.

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 Dostoyevsky’s first book, this novel offers fascinating insights into the mind of the brilliant Russian writer. Netochka Nezvanova’s heroine, literally “Nameless Nobody” is the subject of abuse all her life — first from her bitter stepfather, a failed musician who believes himself a neglected genius — and later from her adoptive paren...

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Netochka Nezvanova - a 'Nameless Nobody' - tells the story of a childhood dominated by her stepfather, Efimov, a failed musician who believes he is a neglected genius. The young girl is strangely drawn to this drunken ruin of a man, who exploits her and drives the family to poverty. But when she is rescued by an aristocratic family, th...

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Written as a serial, this never-completed first publication treats many of the themes that dominate Dostoyevsky’s later great novels.

Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky Russian novelist, journalist, short-story writer whose psychological penetration into the human soul had a profound influence on the 20th century novel. Among his most famous works, Notes from Underground, Crime and Punishment (1866), The Idiot (1868-69), and The Possessed (1872). An epileptic all his li...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 7.82 × 5.08 × 0.41 inPublished:January 7, 1986Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140444556

ISBN - 13:9780140444551

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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 Dostoyevsky’s first book, this novel offers fascinating insights into the mind of the brilliant Russian writer. Netochka Nezvanova’s heroine, literally “Nameless Nobody” is the subject of abuse all her life — first from her bitter stepfather, a failed musician who believes himself a neglected genius — and later from her adoptive parents, who abandon her to a world of shallow splendour and materialism. Although it was never completed, this book has attracted much critical attention; exploring the Dostoyevskian themes of suffering, madness and atonement, it is both beautiful and terrible.