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This superb new translation—never before published—of one of Dostoevsky’s major novels comes from the award-winning translators Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky. The Adolescent (originally published in English as A Raw Youth) is markedly different in tone from Dostoevsky’s other masterpieces. It is told from the point of view of the nineteen-year-old narrator, whose ...more
Paperback, 566 pages
Published April 1st 1981 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 1875)
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Jun 24, 2013 Deepthi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Admirers of Dostoyevsky

"Dostoevsky gives me more than any scientist, more than Gauss." - Albert Einstein

Dostoyevsky knew how to rip open a human soul and leave it bare in front of his readers. What can I say about his understanding of human mind that haven't been said before? So, I will just stick to a brief review on this book and my experience reading it.

Firstly, 'The Adolescent' should not be compared to Dostoyevsky's other major works. This novel does not have the grand setting like 'Brothers Karamazov' nor d
Mar 03, 2016 Fernando rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Fiódor Dostoievski ha logrado en mí lo que ningún escritor pudo: liberarme del hechizo de Edgar Allan Poe. Hubo una época en que el genio de Poe logró que yo, más allá de tener mis preferencias y admirar a muchos escritores, no pudiera ejercer, en cierto modo, una libre reseña sin tomar como punto de partida o comparación (decisión errónea) su obra. Cuando conocí a Dostoievski, comencé a cambiar ciertas formas de pensar y “sentir” la literatura.
Cada una de sus novelas iba marcando en mí nuevas
Jul 01, 2012 Ahmed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
لو كان فيه 10 او حتى 100 نجمة كان خدها بكل سهولة

معرفش ازاي حرجع اقرا للكتاب "العاديين"، ا

عبقرية الى ابعد الحدود،
اخيرا كاتب ادى للانسان التعقيد الي يستحقه، مش شوية معطيات و معلومات بتاخدها في نوتة في اول القصة و البطل زي الروبوت بيتحرك على اساسها باقي القصة

الابطال مش اغبيا (و ديه حاجة باعشقها في القصص - السبب الوحيد الي ممكن يخليني اني اقرا لبطل غبي هي ان القصة تكون كوميدي) ، القصة 800 صفحة تقريبا بس محستش بذرة ملل طول القصة

القصة مكتوبة من 150 سنة تقريبا، بس في احيان كتيرة المراهق الي في القصة اح
Un roman mai deosebit scris de Dostoievski. Mă aşteptam la grozăvii nemaipomenite aşa cum mă obişnuise autorul în celelalte romane.

Dimpotrivă, aici nimeni nu este omorât, muşcat de ureche, pălmuit. Nici un scandal public, nici o copilă de 12 ani n-a fost siluită. Doar vreo 2 sinucideri 'colaterale', un pumn în cap şi o urecheală.

În rest, psihologie pură, n-am fost dezamăgit deloc.
Sep 11, 2016 Hakan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
yirmi yaşında bir delikanlının duygu-düşünce eksenindeki notlarından ibaret bir roman yazmak demek karmakarışık, dağınık, çelişkili bir roman yazmak demek. dostoyevski bunu olgunluk döneminde yapıyor. hikayeyi geri plana alarak, akıcı, keyifli olmasını düşünmeden 600 sayfa yazıyor. en zayıf romanlarından biri ortaya çıkıyor sonuç olarak. suç ve ceza'yı, budala'yı geride bıraktıktan sonra bile isteye zayıf bir roman. neden?..çünkü, denebilir, dostoyevski "delikanlılardan nesiller doğar" deyip üç ...more
أحمد أبازيد Ahmad Abazed
يكتب ديستويفسكي في مسوّدة الرواية :
" المطلوب تغيير العالم فلنبدأ بأنفسنا ... و فكرتي هي أنّه ينبغي تغيير العالم ولكن أوّل خطوة نحو ذلك أن نبدأ حتما بأنفسنا "
و هذا ما اختاره المراهق , فكتب مذكّراته و دوّن ذاكرته بكلّ تفاصيلها و بكلّ ما يملك و يريد من صدق في نقل مغامراته و أخطائه ونزقه و غبائه و أخطائه و أفكاره , لم يكتبها ترفا و إنّما لتكون مرقاته نحو التغيير : " أحسست فجأة أنّني بفضل هذا التذكّر و هذا التسجيل لذكرياتي ربّيت نفسي تربية جديدة " و هذا ما أراده المراهق و ما أراده ديستويفسكي , أن تر
Oct 09, 2009 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first foray into Dostoevsky, and I truly admired his grasp of adolescent psychology and his ability to accurately maintain Arkady's voice and character. His ambition, over-confidence, and firmness in principle are so spot-on. I loved that Dostoevsky keeps the plot twisting and turning so that, at any point, despite the protagonist's conviction, he is never correct in his conclusions.

That being said, I struggled with the greater theme: the discrepancy in ideology between generations. H
Erik Graff
Feb 12, 2011 Erik Graff rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dostoevsky fans
Recommended to Erik by: Janny Marie Willis
Towards the very end of college I became involved with Janny, a precocious first year student. I was very impressed with her from the outset. Not only was she exceptionally well read, but she could read in Dutch and German as well as English, her family having moved often owing to her father's work as a government mathematician.

The relationship continued even upon my graduation and move to seminary in New York City. We spent part of the intervening summer together, corresponding the rest of the
Hosam Diab
Jan 19, 2016 Hosam Diab rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
لا يبدو العنوان مغريا للقارئ الذي يبدأ في قراءة دستويفسكي. فلا تزال الشياطين تحظى بعنوان أفضل، أما الجريمة والعقاب وكارامازوف فتحظيان بشهرة أوسع. ولعله لو صدق الناقد الروسي الذي ختم هذه الرواية بمقال صغير، في نسخة دار رادوغا الروسية، بأن دستويفكسي كان يفكر جديا في اسم "الفوضى" لهذه الرواية، لربما علق ذلك بالأنظار

هذا هو العمل الثاني الذي أقرأه لدستويفسكي بعد "الجريمة والعقاب"، وكانت مقتضيات قراءته أنه الكتاب الذي وجدته صالحا للإعارة من مكتبة الشارقة العامة، فاستعرته. ولم أتخيل أنني سأقرأ واحدا من
Nov 11, 2010 Shawn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's even difficult to put into words what I think of this novel at this moment. As I was reading it, I would put it down and say "This is the craziest novel I've read." Or just "It's crazy." That is still my overwhelming sensation. For those of you who know Dostoevsky well, you will find everything here, and maybe somethings you didn't expect. It is absolutely unclear to me why so many critics and professionals just write this novel off. It is a fine novel, especially on the heels of reading De ...more
Mar 03, 2010 Frankie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: russian
For many, The Adolescent fell short of the brilliance Dostoevsky displayed in other novels. I think of this novel as a slightly weak link in the chain of his character types. Dostoevsky felt it necessary to reveal the fatum (as Arkady puts it) of the Russian youth of the late 19th century. Until this novel, he had hinted at the fallibility of the inexperience, presumptuousness and even bitterness in the younger generation. In Demons, nihilists are the easily-swayed boys who reject the frying pan ...more
Dec 15, 2015 Hadrian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has been overlooked to an astonishing degree, even by fans of Dostoyevsky, and perhaps I could understand why. But it is not bad by any means - compared to the rest of his books, a merely interesting book can seem awful in comparison.

The plot concerns an adolescent (although the translation is still up for a fine-tuned debate) who is illegitimate and something about a mysterious letter. It is not exactly full of the grand philosophy and debate that Dostoyevsky employs, but what he does
Andrei Tamaş
Jun 26, 2015 Andrei Tamaş rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cu un fundal tipic dostoievskian, "Adolescentul" reprezinta o transfigurare a paradoxurilor tineretii, a influentelor si totodata a independentei ce se resfrange asupra tanarului initial candid.
Luís C.
Lisbon Book-Fair 2016.
Khol0d Atif
Oct 05, 2012 Khol0d Atif rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
هذا عمل من الأعمال العظيمة !.. من الأعمال التي تجعلك ممتنّ للحياة وللأدب وللجمال وللبائع الذي باعك الكتاب..
تصور المراهق رحلة البطل في البحث عن الحقيقة عن اليقين. توهان وتخبط وفوضى عارمة تنتقل اليك حتى تشعر أنك مستنفر وغير متيقن من شيء!
تبدو " المراهق" في بعض أجزاءها بلا احداث تكتفي بالغوص في مشاعر وأوهام البطل وفي بعضها الآخر تتعب وانت تحاول اللحاق بأحداثها
ما يميز الرواية هي الحوارات الثرية الملهمة بين البطل ووالده أو شخوص الرواية الأخرى.. عن الالحاد عن الإيمان عن الانتحارعن الأفكار العظيمة عن ال
Aug 26, 2016 Kirsty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fyodor Dostoevsky's The Adolescent was first published in Russia with the literally translated title of A Raw Youth in 1875, and is presented in Dora O'Brien's new translation by Alma Books. O'Brien has previously - and seamlessly - rendered many works of Russian literature into English, by the likes of Tolstoy and Turgenev. Dostoevsky feels like the feather in an already well-decorated cap. With regard to Dostoevsky's canon, The Adolescent is one of his later works, published just five years be ...more
Mar 24, 2015 Stian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Most of the stuff you expect from Dostoevsky is here. As usual we have a build-up in Part 1, where we get acquainted with the story, the characters and so on, and we are slowly brought into it all. Naturally there is a really climactic last part to the book, and the final 50 or so pages are very intense!

There is one big difference between this novel and most of Dostoevsky's other novels, except for Notes From Underground, in that it uses a first-person narrative. This is interesting, and it's wo
Jun 22, 2016 Heyduaa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
تتجلى عبقرية دوستفيسكي في (المراهق) بجزئيه في أن صياغة هذه المذكرات جاءت وكأنها على لسان مراهق لم يبلغ العشرين بعد، بدون أي تعقيد صياغي أو أسلوبي. وبرأيي هذا ما يجعل الكاتب كاتباً حقيقياً مثلما يجعل الممثل ممثلاً حقيقياً. أن تُترك الذات تتوارى بعيداً وتُلبس الشخصية بكل أبعادها. الكتاب مثال جيد للتربية الذاتية للنفس.
Anda T.
Mar 28, 2016 Anda T. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-finished
I do not enjoy his writing at all. Bores me to death. Lots of details that are repetitive and downright boring.
Vittorio Ducoli
Apr 26, 2014 Vittorio Ducoli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Munitevi di carta e penna, signori. Ma prima levatevi il cappello

L'adolescente è un romanzo estremamente complesso, che a volte, anche a causa dell'edizione nel quale l'ho letto, mi è parso un po' confuso, coerentemente con lo stile dostoevskijano. L'edizione BIT che posseggo, oggi forse introvabile, non è fatta per agevolare la lettura di questo ponderoso romanzo: le pagine sono composte da un carattere piccolo, che soprattutto per chi come me è ormai afflitto da presbiopia, rende difficoltosa
Dec 05, 2015 منال rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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هيفضل دوستويفسكي- بجانب مكانته شديدة الخصوصية عندي، هو أفضل وأعظم كاتب يقدر يخلق إيقاع سليم وهارموني جميل، وفي نفس الوقت يتمكن تمامًا من عنصر الزمن في الكتابة.
وهيفضل بردو الوحيد اللي تكون القصص القصيرة في الرواية، واللي بعيدة تمامًا عن حكاية الرواية، لا تقل عذوبة وجمالًا بأي حال عن الرواية نفسها. ألف رحمة ونور عليه.
Mahmoud Zaki
" يستحيل عليك أن لا تفكر أيضًا في الإعتدال ، ذلك أنك تحلم الأن بحياة لها دويّ ، تحلم أن تحرق لا أدري ماذا ، وأن تحطّم لا أدري ماذا ، أن تسمو فوق روسيا كلها ، أن تمر مرور سحابة رعد ، أن تغرق العالم كله في الرعب والإعجاب، ثم تمضي تختفي في الولايات الأمريكية الشمالية ، إن في قلبك شيئاً كهذا بظني ، لذلك أري أن من المفيد أن أحذرك، لأنني أحمل إليك عاطفة صادقة "
Manik Sukoco
Dec 30, 2015 Manik Sukoco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Adolescent, previously translated as A Raw Youth, came after all of Fyodor Dostoevsky's great novels except his masterpiece The Brothers Karamazov yet has long been considered minor. Indeed, it not only failed to enter the world canon but had long been hard to find in English before this recent translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, the Russian to English translators now most in vogue. Pevear's Introduction seems determined to rescue the book from the critical gutter; he has ...more
Nick Tramdack
Apr 27, 2011 Nick Tramdack rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book, terrible ending.

58: Arkady Dolgoruky's voice is awesome, so convincingly nineteen: "I followed Kraft out. I wasn't ashamed of anything."
-72: perfect depressing detail: a voiceless nightingale.
-parallel plot setup: Arkady, who ambivalently wants to earn Versilov's love, possesses (?) a document that documents another child's (Katerina Nikolaevna's) lack of filial love...
-Dolgoruky's idea is an incredibly Nietzschean one. A classic expression of ressentiment and will-to-power... wit
Vrixton Phillips
When I started it, I thought it was amazing [even though some of the philosophy was a bit much for me at the adolescent age of 16] and I could relate to the main character because I grew up not knowing my biological father as well.

And as with most Dostoevsky books, from what I hear, there was plenty of city intrigue and he-said/she-said; it made for great reading.

And then I lost my copy.
Couldn't find it for 6 months or so.

So when I picked it back up, I was fairly lost. I finally got a grip on w
Peri Kitapları
May 01, 2015 Peri Kitapları rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"... çünkü delikanlılardan nesiller doğar." SON (Delikanlı, Dostoyevski)
Evet çok kolay okunan bir roman değil, evet okurken biraz yoruyor , evet çok karakter ve onların inişli çıkışlı hikayeleri var.

Ama bunların yanında, çok fazla altı çizilesi sözleri var, okurken hep merak uyandırıyor, hep 'acaba gerçekte ne oldu ' dedirtiyor. İlk bölümler biraz durağan olsa da son 250 sayfası soluk soluğa okunuyor.

Bu Delikanlı isimli kitabı, Dostoyevski'nin külliyatını tamamlamak adına fırsatınız olursa geniş
Apr 16, 2012 Erik rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was Dostoevsky's second last novel, written between the better know Demons (or Devils as it is sometimes translated) and the legendary masterpiece Brothers Karamazov.

This novel has none of the grand scale of BK, nor the masterful dark humour and philosophical depth. Nor does it have the prophetic satirical portrayl of politics that the Demons captures. Yet, it is enchanting in its own quiet way, and its gets inside your head like any great Dostoevsky novel will causing you to experience the
Hamzeh S
أردت تقييم الكتاب بنجمتين، لكن النجمة الثالثة هي فقط لأن الكاتب هو دوستويفسكي. هذا لوحده امتياز!
السبب الرئيسي الّذي منعني من تقييم هذه الرّواية بالنجوم الخمسة هو أني لم أجد تلك الشّخصية الفاتنة الّتي وجدتها في أعمال دوستويفسكي الأخرى مثل إيفان في الأخوة كارامازوف وراسكولنيكوف في الجريمة والعقاب.
كما أن السّرد كان مبهماً في كثير من المواضع خصوصاً فيما يتعلّق بعلاقة الأحداث ببعضها.
لكن بكل تأكيد فإن بعض مواضع وحوارات الرواية ستظلّ عالقة في الذّهن دائماً وربما ظللت أعود لقرائتها ما حييت.
Jan 28, 2011 Salma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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هل هناك من هو أفضل من دوستويفسكي في تشريح دواخل شخصياته
كنت أفكر أن ما الرابط بين ثلاثينية سورية من القرن الحادي و العشرين
و روسي في التاسعة عشرة من القرن التاسع عشر
ظاهريا لا رابط، مع أنه يبدو لي مفهوما و مألوفا أكثر من مثيلاتي في مدينتي
بالنسبة للرواية ليس من أحداث حقيقة إنما مجرد أفكار تجعلك تفكر
و تجعلك راغبا في أن تكتب عن هذه الأفكار مطولا
و هذا ما أفكر في فعله
بالمتاسبة قرأت طبعة دار ابن رشد، و في الجزء الثاني أكملوا الصفحات بقصص قصيرة للمؤلف
و القصص الموضوعة لا تستحق نجمة أو نجمتين بأحسن تقدير
و ل
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Fyodor Mikhaylovich Dostoyevsky (Russian: Фёдор Михайлович Достоевский), sometimes transliterated Dostoevsky, was a Russian novelist, journalist, and short-story writer whose psychological penetration into the human soul had a profound influence on the 20th century novel.

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“Some sleepers have intelligent faces even in sleep, while other faces, even intelligent ones, become very stupid in sleep and therefore ridiculous. I don't know what makes that happen; I only want to say that a laughing man, like a sleeping one, most often knows nothing about his face. A great many people don't know how to laugh at all. However, there's nothing to know here: it's a gift, and it can't be fabricated. It can only be fabricated by re-educating oneself, developing oneself for the better, and overcoming the bad instincts of one's character; then the laughter of such a person might quite possibly change for the better. A man can give himself away completely by his laughter, so that you suddenly learn all of his innermost secrets. Even indisputably intelligent laughter is sometimes repulsive. Laughter calls first of all for sincerity, and where does one find sincerity? Laughter calls for lack of spite, but people most often laugh spitefully. Sincere and unspiteful laughter is mirth. A man's mirth is a feature that gives away the whole man, from head to foot. Someone's character won't be cracked for a long time, then the man bursts out laughing somehow quite sincerely, and his whole character suddenly opens up as if on the flat of your hand. Only a man of the loftiest and happiest development knows how to be mirthful infectiously, that is, irresistibly and goodheartedly. I'm not speaking of his mental development, but of his character, of the whole man. And so, if you want to discern a man and know his soul, you must look, not at how he keeps silent, or how he speaks, or how he weeps, or even how he is stirred by the noblest ideas, but you had better look at him when he laughs. If a man has a good laugh, it means he's a good man. Note at the same time all the nuances: for instance, a man's laughter must in no case seem stupid to you, however merry and simplehearted it may be. The moment you notice the slightest trace of stupidity in someone's laughter, it undoubtedly means that the man is of limited intelligence, though he may do nothing but pour out ideas. Or if his laughter isn't stupid, but the man himself, when he laughs, for some reason suddenly seems ridiculous to you, even just slightly—know, then, that the man has no real sense of dignity, not fully in any case. Or finally, if his laughter is infectious, but for some reason still seems banal to you, know, then, that the man's nature is on the banal side as well, and all the noble and lofty that you noticed in him before is either deliberately affected or unconsciously borrowed, and later on the man is certain to change for the worse, to take up what's 'useful' and throw his noble ideas away without regret, as the errors and infatuations of youth.” 85 likes
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