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Fyodor Dostoevsky

The Double

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 (Russian “dvoynik”), known throughout the world in various guises such as the fetch.
217 printed pages
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  • b0605490004shared an impression2 years ago
    👍Worth reading
    🔮Hidden Depths

    Psychological. Interesting. Aesthetics.Good descriptions. Social psychology.

  • anti tusitshared an impression3 years ago
    🙈Lost On Me


  • Achilleshas quotedlast year
    the wind seemed to intone its melancholy song even more tearfully, more piteously, like an importunate beggar whining for a copper to get a crust of bread.
  • Achilleshas quotedlast year
    fleeing from his foes, from persecution, from a hailstorm of nips and pinches aimed at him, from the shrieks of excited old ladies, from the Ohs and Ahs of women and from the murderous eyes of Andrey Filippovitch. Mr. Golyadkin was killed — killed entirely, in the full sense of the word, and if he still preserved the power of running, it was simply through some sort of miracle, a miracle in which at last he refused himself to believe.
  • Achilleshas quotedlast year
    Mr. Golyadkin looked as though he wanted to hide from himself, as though he were trying to run away from himself! Yes! It was really so. One may say more: Mr. Golyadkin did not want only to run away from himself, but to be obliterated, to cease to be, to return to dust.

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