The Double

Paperback | March 26, 2013

byFyodor Dostoevsky

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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.

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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 ha...

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 aba...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 7.75 × 5.1 × 0.75 inPublished:March 26, 2013Publisher:Bloomsbury Press AgencyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1847493017

ISBN - 13:9781847493019

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