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Double, the (1846) [Novel]
by Fyodor Dostoevsky Rating: No votes (Rate!)
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This early novel about a dual personality is a pioneer example of modern psychological fantasy. The theme of The Double has haunted many writers, particularly in the present century when exploration of the "other self" which lives in all of us has become commonplace.

Dostoyevsky writes brilliantly in The Double (his second novel, which he later revised and which he referred to as a "confession") of a civil servant, Golyadkin, who comes home from work after a particularly frustrating day to see another man—his double—slipping into his room in front of him. With a mixture of anxiety, liking and aversion, he makes the acquaintance of his other self. The other self, after entreating Golyadkin's friendship and learning his secrets, turns ultimately into a formidable enemy.

"Here, in embryo," says Mark Spilka in his illuminating introduction to the present edition, "is the new idea which Dostoyevsky brought to Russian fiction: the combination of inward and outward pressures to produce a split in being which is somehow real. It was an idea which went beyond the simple good-and-evil equations behind other doubles of the age.... In Dostoyevsky's own work, it led directly to a host of doubles and divided selves."

Original title: Двойник (Dvoynik) [The Double]
Original languages: Russian

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Genre: FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics

This work is a subwork of the following works :
     Notes from Underground and The Double (1972) [Omnibus Volume]
      Author: Fyodor Dostoevsky
     Double and The Gambler (2005) [Omnibus Volume]
      Author: Fyodor Dostoevsky

Notes:

  • The revision by the author was done in 1866. This is most likely the version you will read in English.

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Edition #1: The Double

The Double (2005)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Edition: Pevear/Volokhonsky
Translated by: Richard Pevear Larissa Volokhonsky
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Edition #2: The Double: Two Versions

The Double: Two Versions (1985)
Edition Details (Library of Congress description):

Translation of the original 1846 version of Dvoĭnik and a later revision.

Language: English

Edition: Harden
Translated by: Evelyn Harden
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Manifested in:
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The Double: Two Versions (1985)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: Ann Arbor, MI
Publisher: Ardis Publishers
ISBN: 0882337572
Pages: 294

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Edition #3: The Double

The Double (1972)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Edition: Coulson
Translated by: Jessie Coulson
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Edition #4: The Double

The Double (1957)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Edition: Bird translation
Translated by: George Bird
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Edition #5: The Double

The Double (1917)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Edition: Garnett
Translated by: Constance Garnett
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Manifested in:

The Double (1997)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: Mineola, NY
Publisher: Dover Thrift Editions
ISBN: 0486295729
Dimensions: 5.2 x 8.1 x 0.5
Pages: 144

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