The Village Of Stepanchikovo: And Its Inhabitants: From The Notes Of An Unknown

Paperback | December 1, 1995

byFyodor DostoyevskyTranslated byIgnat AvseyIntroduction byIgnat Avsey

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Summoned to the country estate of his wealthy uncle Colonel Yegor Rostanev, the young student Sergey Aleksandrovich finds himself thrown into a startling bedlam. For as he soon sees, his meek and kind-hearted uncle is wholly dominated by a pretentious and despotic pseudo-intellectual named Opiskin, a charlatan who has ingratiated himself with Yegor’s mother and now holds the entire household under his thumb. Watching the absurd theatrics of this domestic tyrant over forty-eight explosive hours, Sergey grows increasingly furious - until at last, he feels compelled to act. A compelling comic exploration of petty tyranny, The Village of Stepanchikovo reveals a delight in life’s wild absurdities that rivals even Gogol’s. It also offers a fascinating insight into the genesis of the characters and situations of many of Dostoyevsky’s great later novels, including The Idiot, Devils and The Brothers Karamazov.

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 The despotic charlatan Foma Fomich Opiskin cruelly dominates the owner of his estate, Colonel Rostanev. Rostanev is a meek, kind-hearted man who enlists the help of his nephew to rescue his former ward from Opiskin’s tyranny. The Village of Stepanchikovo conveys a delight in life’s wild absurdities, with deftly controlled suspense and...

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Summoned to the country estate of his wealthy uncle Colonel Yegor Rostanev, the young student Sergey Aleksandrovich finds himself thrown into a startling bedlam. For as he soon sees, his meek and kind-hearted uncle is wholly dominated by a pretentious and despotic pseudo-intellectual named Opiskin, a charlatan who has ingratiated himse...

Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881) was a Russian novelist, journalist, short-story writer whose psychological penetration into the human soul had a profound influence on the 20th century novel. Notes from the Underground was followed by Crime and Punishment, (1866) an account of an individual's fall and redemption, The Idiot, (1868) depict...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 7.7 × 5.1 × 0.5 inPublished:December 1, 1995Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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 The despotic charlatan Foma Fomich Opiskin cruelly dominates the owner of his estate, Colonel Rostanev. Rostanev is a meek, kind-hearted man who enlists the help of his nephew to rescue his former ward from Opiskin’s tyranny. The Village of Stepanchikovo conveys a delight in life’s wild absurdities, with deftly controlled suspense and brilliant comic interludes that build towards a violent confrontation between these two intriguing characters. Fyodor Dostoyevsky is a master of Russian literature, creating an explosive comedic drama, filled with ludicrous situations and an unpredictable outcome.