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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Createspace Independent Pub
Publication date October 27, 2015
Pages 182
Binding Paperback
Edition Annotated
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9781518785603
ISBN-10 1518785603
Dimensions 0.41 by 6 by 9 in.
Original list price $7.99
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: The Double is a classic work of Russian fiction by Fyodor Dostoyevsky that centers on a government clerk who goes mad. It deals with the internal psychological struggle of its main character, Yakov Petrovich Golyadkin, who repeatedly encounters someone who is his exact double in appearance but confident, aggressive, and extroverted, characteristics that are the polar opposites to those of the toadying "pushover" protagonist. The Double centers on a government clerk who goes mad. It deals with the internal psychological struggle of its main character, Yakov Petrovich Golyadkin, who repeatedly encounters someone who is his exact double in appearance but confident, aggressive, and extroverted, characteristics that are the polar opposites to those of the toadying "pushover" protagonist. The motif of the novella is a doppelgänger (dvoynik). Golyadkin is a titular councillor. This is rank 9 in the Table of Ranks established by Peter the Great. As rank eight led to hereditary nobility, being a titular councillor is symbolic of a low-level bureaucrat still struggling to succeed. Golyadkin has a formative discussion with his Doctor Rutenspitz, who fears for his sanity and tells him that his behavior is dangerously antisocial. He prescribes "cheerful company" as the remedy. Golyadkin resolves to try this, and leaves the office. He proceeds to a birthday party for Klara Olsufyevna, the daughter of his office manager. He was uninvited, and a series of faux pas lead to his expulsion from the party. On his way home through a snowstorm, he encounters his double, who looks exactly like him. The following two thirds of the novel then deals with their evolving relationship. Double has been interpreted in a number of ways. Looking backwards, it is viewed as Dostoevsky's innovation on Gogol. Looking forwards, it is often read as a psychosocial version of his later ethical-psychological works. These two readings, together, position The Double at a critical juncture in Dostoevsky's writing at which he was still synthesizing what preceded him but also adding in elements of his own. One such element was that Dostoevsky switched the focus from Gogol's social perspective in which the main characters are viewed and interpreted socially to a psychological context that gives the characters more emotional depth and internal motivation. As to the interpretation of the work itself, there are three major trends in scholarship. First, many have said that Golyadkin simply goes insane, probably with schizophrenia. This view is supported by much of the text, particularly Golyadkin's innumerable hallucinations. Second, many have focused on Golyadkin's search for identity. One critic wrote that The Double's main idea is that "'the human will in its search for total freedom of expression becomes a self-destructive impulse.’" This individualistic focus is often contextualized by scholars, such as Joseph Frank, who emphasize that Golyadkin's identity is crushed by the bureaucracy and stifling society he lives in. The final context of understanding for The Double that transcends all three categories is the ongoing debate about its literary quality. While the majority of scholars have regarded it as somewhere from "too fragile to bear its significance" to utterly unreadable, there have been two notable exceptions. Dostoevsky wrote in A Writer's Diary that "Most decidedly, I did not succeed with that novel; however, its idea was rather lucid, and I have never expressed in my writings anything more serious. Still, as far as form was concerned, I failed utterly." Vladimir Nabokov, who generally regarded Dostoevsky as a "rather mediocre" writer called The Double "the best thing he ever wrote," saying that it is "a perfect work of art.

Editions
Hardcover
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With Constance Black Garnett (other contributor) | from Wildside Pr (August 1, 2002); titled "The Double"
9781592248957 | details & prices | 6.25 × 9.25 × 1.00 in. | 1.10 lbs | List price $29.95
About: There is a great doppelganger tradition in literature, but there is nothing is quite like Fyodor Dostoevsky's _The Double_.
Paperback
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With Constance Black Garnett, Natalie Montoto | from Createspace Independent Pub (February 1, 2016); titled "The Double"
9781523797226 | details & prices | 164 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.37 in. | List price $8.00
With Frederick Whishaw | from Createspace Independent Pub (December 21, 2015); titled "The Double"
9781522856337 | details & prices | 102 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.23 in. | List price $5.99
About: In an age before psychology was a modern scientific field, Fyodor Dostoyevsky (November 11, 1821 – February 9, 1881) was a Russian writer of realist fiction and essays that explored the depths of the human psyche.
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With Constance Black Garnett | Annotated edition from Createspace Independent Pub (October 27, 2015); titled "The Double"
9781518785603 | details & prices | 182 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.41 in. | List price $7.99
About: The Double is a classic work of Russian fiction by Fyodor Dostoyevsky that centers on a government clerk who goes mad.
from Createspace Independent Pub (September 14, 2015); titled "The Double"
9781517282233 | details & prices | 164 pages | 8.50 × 11.00 × 0.37 in. | 1.09 lbs | List price $9.99
About: The Double centers on a government clerk who goes mad.
from Createspace Independent Pub (July 15, 2015); titled "The Double"
9781515087236 | details & prices | 164 pages | 8.50 × 11.00 × 0.37 in. | List price $10.99
About: The Double centers on a government clerk who goes mad.
With Constance Black Garnett | from Createspace Independent Pub (June 17, 2015); titled "The Double"
9781514388112 | details & prices | 188 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.43 in. | List price $9.95
About: The Double centers on a government clerk who goes mad.
from Createspace Independent Pub (May 16, 2015); titled "The Double"
9781512239706 | details & prices | 86 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.22 in. | List price $7.10
About: The Double centers on a government clerk who goes mad.
With Constance Black Garnett | from Createspace Independent Pub (April 10, 2015); titled "The Double"
9781511653794 | details & prices | 164 pages | 7.00 × 10.00 × 0.37 in. | List price $9.95
About: The DoubleFyodor Mikhailovich DostoyevskyTranslator: Constance GarnettClassic LiteratureThe Double centers on a government clerk who goes mad.
With Georges Arout | from Createspace Independent Pub (October 20, 2014); titled "Le Double"
9781502904690 | details & prices | 160 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.37 in. | List price $9.49
About: Dans ce roman, le narrateur dépeint un fonctionnaire pétersbourgeois (Goliadkine) dont la vie est bouleversée par l’apparition soudaine d’un double de lui-même.
With Constance Black Garnett | from Createspace Independent Pub (September 14, 2014); titled "The Double"
9781502366061 | details & prices | 176 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.40 in. | List price $6.99
About: The Double is a classic work of Russian fiction by Fyodor Dostoyevsky that centers on a government clerk who goes mad.
With Constance Black Garnett | from Createspace Independent Pub (September 13, 2014); titled "The Double"
9781502359377 | details & prices | 84 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.19 in. | List price $5.99
About: In an age before psychology was a modern scientific field, Fyodor Dostoyevsky (November 11, 1821 – February 9, 1881) was a Russian writer of realist fiction and essays that explored the depths of the human psyche.
With Hugh Aplin (other contributor) | Tra new re edition from Alma Books (May 1, 2013); titled "The Double"
9781847493019 | details & prices | 208 pages | 5.00 × 7.75 × 0.75 in. | 0.21 lbs | List price $14.95
About: One of the most accessible and entertaining works by the author of Crime and Punishment and The Brothers KaramazovWhat 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.
With Constance Black Garnett (other contributor) | from Digireads.Com (January 30, 2008); titled "The Double"
9781420931341 | details & prices | 97 pages | 6.00 × 8.75 × 0.50 in. | 0.35 lbs | List price $5.99
About: First published in 1846, Fyodor Dostoyevsky's novella "The Double" is a classic doppelgänger and the second major work published by the author.
With Hugh Aplin (other contributor), Jeremy Dyson (other contributor) | from Hesperus Pr (May 1, 2004); titled "The Double"
9781843910879 | details & prices | 164 pages | 5.00 × 7.50 × 0.50 in. | 0.50 lbs | List price $16.95
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With Constance Black Garnett (other contributor) | from Wildside Pr (August 1, 2002); titled "The Double"
9781592248940 | details & prices | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.70 lbs | List price $19.95
About: There is a great doppelganger tradition in literature, but there is nothing is quite like Fyodor Dostoevsky's _The Double_.
from Dover Pubns (March 12, 1997); titled "The Double"
9780486295725 | details & prices | 5.00 × 8.50 × 0.25 in. | 0.25 lbs | List price $3.50
About: While his literary reputation rests mainly on such celebrated novels as Crime and Punishment, The Brothers Karamazov, and The Idiot, Dostoyevsky also wrote much superb short fiction.
from Indiana Univ Pr (June 1, 1976)
9780253200129 | details & prices | List price $2.95

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