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The Double: A Petersburg Poem

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Etrange récit que Le Double, texte précoce dans la carrière de l’écrivain (sa parution date de 1846) où déjà se lisent toutes ses obsessions, et modèle de récit fantastique. Dostoïevski met là en scène de manière magistrale la présence inquiétante de l’autre, sans que jamais le lecteur parvienne à faire la part de la folie du héros ou de la bizarrerie du réel.
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Published January 1st 2006 by ReadHowYouWant (first published 1846)
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Through the bureaucratic ocean of papers, there lies Josef K., bored with unanswered arguments.
Behind an unapologetic desk, Bartleby sits in silence, preferring nothing.
As a timid door opens, Bashmachkin leaves the smothering atmosphere of the office, ready to meet with the others. All set to forget the tasteless morning coffee and the men trying to make their way through scheme and flattery, and recover the humanity once lost. The sun is setting. A gentle breeze with a scent of independence car
Oct 23, 2012 B0nnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I have no desire to meet my doppelgänger. Hell would be a place filled with our own doubles, I think.

There are many literary examples of a double showing up and causing mayhem: Superman. Xander (from Buffy). The Nutty Professor.

Captain Kirk met his double twice, in The Enemy Within and Mirror Mirror.

It always seems to come down to the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde idea: one of the personalities is strong and powerful, and the other kindly, but also too meek and indecisive. There follows a struggle
Simona Bartolotta
Mar 04, 2016 Simona Bartolotta rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"Non fa nulla", pensò tra sé il nostro eroe, "in fondo tutto questo può benissimo risolversi per il meglio."

"That’s no matter," thought Mr. Golyadkin, "that can easily be set right."

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Non il mio Dostoevskij preferito; ma, d'altra parte, già sapevo che se avessi preso il mano Il sosia aspettandomi d'imbattermi in un altro Delitto e castigo o I fratelli Karamazov (qualunque dichiarazione d'eterno amore sarebbe comunque riduttiva per descrivere la misura di c
Sep 16, 2009 Lori rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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So I feel really bad giving this book two stars, but I just cannot justify another one. I just can't.

Here's the thing - It's written in such an odd voice! The main character, obviously in need of medical treatment, tends to throw the person's name to whom he is speaking into the conversation wayyyyy too much. It's quite distracting, really. Not only that, but he starts and restarts his sentences constantly. I felt as tho the book should have come with a de-coder of sorts just to be able to under
Jan 21, 2016 Junta rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who have already read some Dostoyevsky (don't start with this one)
A Graphical Representation of Some Dostoyevsky Protagonists, or Why I Didn't Like The Double So Much
Dostoyevsky protagonists
With Dostoyevsky novels, what I seem to value more than in novels by other authors is the main protagonist - the things they say, the things they do, their likes and dislikes, their philosophies and idiosyncrasies, their thoughts and feelings, probed to the deepest depths and laid out onto the pages. Thus when the protagonist is someone I can relate to or feel a personal interest in, such as in Cr
Things to remember when reading Dostoyevsky's The Double!

(a) Find a decent (if possible, a great one) translation.

(b) Remember D always explores new territories of the human mind so this isn't another book like (not so flamboyant)"Crime and Punishment" or "The Brothers Karamazov".

(c) This has a lot of influence of Gogol in the language and style so it does feel a bit like a odd contemporary nightmare. Tradition of doppelganger started here.

(e) Remember, Golyadkin is a very unreliable narrator
I am a Fyodor Dostoyevsky fan, but this is not one of his best books. For me his very best are Crime and Punishment and The Idiot. I like his lines. Check out some of Dostoyevsky’s quotes here at GR:

This book is about a man going insane. Today we would probably label him a schizophrenic. Dostoyevsky, what he does so magnificently is get you into another person's head. He does that here. That is why I think the book is worth reading. The central characte

لطالما آمَنتُ بأن لكل واحد منا شبيهاً في عالم الأدب.

أعتقد أنني في هذه الرواية القصيرة وجدتُ شبيهي! السيد جوليادكين هو أنا - إلى حد بعيد.


يستمر دوستويفسكي في إذهالي كلما قرأت له أكثر.

هو بلا شك خبير في النفس البشرية، يستطيع أن يسبر أغوارها بشكل دقيق لا يكاد يضاهيه فيه أحد. فلا عجب أن فرويد قال بأنه يعتبر دوستويفسكي معلماً له.

قرأت تعليقات سلبية عن هذه الرواية، فمن الواضح أنها لم تنل إعجاب كثير من القرّاء، فهي لم تنل في المقام الأول إعجاب النقاد عندما تم نشرها.

أعتقد آن السبب في ذلك يعود إلى أن كثيرا
Αναμφίβολα ο Ντοστογιέφσκι ανήκει στην κατηγορία των κορυφαίων μυθιστοριογράφων παγκοσμίως και καθόλου άδικα βέβαια. Αν και είναι περισσότερο γνωστός και αγαπητός στους αναγνώστες για τα μεγαλύτερης έκτασης μυθιστορήματά του, έχει γράψει και κάποια μικρότερα έργα, στα οποία συγκαταλέγεται και "Ο Σωσίας".

Πρόκειται για ένα ψυχογράφημα, το οποίο, αν και δεν αποτελεί το πιο καλογραμμένο έργο του Ντοστογιέφσκι, έχει σίγουρα πολλά από τα στοιχεία που έκαναν τον μεγάλο Ρώσο τόσο αγαπητό (προσωπικά μου
Luís Blue Coltrane
"The Double" (Двойник). It is an early work of Dostoyevsky, written when he was 25 years old; a work that met with failure.
A very ambitious project for the time? the novel made us get into the intricacies of the psyche Golyadkin, a ministry official in St Petersburg.
His daily which is divided between her St. Petersburg apartment on rue Six Boutiques and department where he works, is brutally disrupted when a "double" appears in his life, an event that will lead gradually to madness.
Golyadkin, wh
Dostoevsky's best short work. It is a deeply disturbing psychological story about the destruction of self in an alienating world. The main character experiences a masochistic anxiety so intense that the only escape is through the creation of another personality. However, Golyadkin's self-hatred runs so deep that even his double must ruin the protagonist's life.
Nov 08, 2008 Benjamin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery and thriller readers
By far one of the most bizarre short stories I have ever read. According to the introduction, Dostoevsky purposefully leaves the boundary between fantasy and reality undetermined. The point of view is always from the main character's mind and like our own minds, his is jumbled, non-linear, and full of thoughts. This makes the story hard to follow and allows for a lot a fun guessing whether the main character is having a mental breakdown or that the world has thrown him quite a curve ball when a ...more
Sep 17, 2009 JSou rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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At first, I was going to rate this one 2 stars. After I finished it, I went back and read the introduction (Thankfully, I waited until I was done, since this was yet another one that gave away the whole plot-including the ending in the intro). Though I feel 3 stars is a little to high to rate it, I'll give it a solid 2.5. In the introduction, I read that even Dostoevsky wasn't happy with this novel.

"I wrote a lot of it too quickly, and in moments of fatigue. The first half is better than the se
Mar 16, 2016 Simona rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Il tema del sosia o meglio del doppio ricorre spesso in letteratura: da Hoffman (come spiega anche Vittorio strada nella prefazione al romanzo) a molti altri scrittori che lo hanno affrontato.
Il tema del doppio che in russo si definisce con il termine "djvonik", assume in questo romanzo di Dostoevskij, uno degli aspetti più alti del suo suo stile e della sua produzione letteraria.
Il sosia o meglio il doppio assume qui nella figura di Goljadkin connotati estremi, portato all'ennesima potenza.
Peri Kitapları
Sep 01, 2015 Peri Kitapları rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Zamanımızda maskeli gezen insan o kadar çok ki maskenin altında ne olduğunu anlamak iyice zorlaştı..." ( Sayfa 75)

Kitap bitti ama etkisi bende hala devam ediyor. Neden mi?
Kitabın arka sayfasında yazdığına göre,
Dost-o bu kitabı için şöyle bir ifade kullanmış:
"İLERİDE Öteki Ben 'den benim baş yapıtım olarak bahsedecekler."
Bu ileride sözü çok önemli!
Çünkü Usta geleceği görmüş!!!
Okuyanlar ne demek istediğimi anlamıştır.
Vladimir Nabokov ise, "Öteki Ben, Dostoyevski'nin yazdığı en güzel şeydir."
Patrick James
May 16, 2013 Patrick James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A feverish hallucinatory tale, one you could imagine Kafka writing, yet the novella predates Kafka's earliest works by 3/4 of a century. There is a dark humour to this tale, and moments when I laughed aloud even, despite its harrowing depiction of its protagonist's descent into madness. Or is it merely that? The Double concerns the pathetic life of titular councilor (read: insignificant bureaucrat) Yakov Petrovich Golyadkin who, at the outset of the tale, has been suffering the ignominy of a rec ...more
Anna Rohleder
Oct 23, 2007 Anna Rohleder rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dostoevsky is a master; never predictable yet always wonderful. What more can I say? Reading him is both a delight and spoils you for lesser entertainments, ie most other books or movies.

What is most interesting about this book to me is its exploration of the shadow in all of its dimensions.
Jan 21, 2016 Epiero rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Al iniciar el año mi pensamiento era que el primer libro que leería sería El doble, para continuar la tendencia del 2013 -cuyo primer libro leído fue El idiota-. la verdad, no imaginé que tendría que leerme antes siete libros para llegar a él.
El doble es una novela corta escrita por el ruso F. M. Dostoievskii, publicada en 1846.

El doble merece una especial consideración. Fue la segunda novela del entonces joven Dostoievskii (la primera fue Pobres gentes), y en su tiempo fue duramente criticado.
Jan 06, 2013 Darwin8u rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dostoevsky's 'The Double' is one of those novellas/novels where I REALLY wish I could have read it in the original Russian. His Gogol-inspired novella plays with language, poetry, puns and double entendres are hard to translate adequately (go with Pevear and Volokhonsky for the poetry and avoid Constance Garnett). While patterns still do emerge in translations, they are fragmented and seem often like poor reflections of what the original must be.

After reading this short, early piece of Dostoevsk
Utku Türk
Feb 17, 2013 Utku Türk rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Uzun süredir Dostoyevski okumamıştım, o yüzden Öteki'yi görünce hemen atladım. Kitaba ulaşmam ise Freud üzerinden oldu. Freud bir yerde şöyle demiş: "Şizofreninin tanımını yeniden yapmışsın Dostoyevskicim..." Bunu görünce durur muyum tabii, hemen okudum.

Gelelim kitabımıza, kitap 9. dereceden Golyadkin isimli bir memurun etrafında dönüyor. Kendinizi hazırlayın, tüm Rus edebiyatının, bana en sinir bozucu gelen tarafı işte bu: isimler. Türkçe uzun bir monolog okuduktan sonra aniden karşınıza çıkan
Michael Nutt
May 15, 2013 Michael Nutt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a horror story where the hero is also the monster. Something of a companion piece to Stevenson's "The strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde", it predates the Scottish classic by 40 years. Whereas in Stevenson's novel you are in no doubt that Jekyll and Hyde are personae of one and the same individual, in Dostoyevsky's piece everything is much more ambiguous.

What I find so striking about Dostoyevsky's writing is its modernity. It is hard to believe this work is almost 170 years old. The a
Feb 18, 2016 Yasemin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Etrafındaki herkesten şikayet etmek için doktora giden Goldyadkin, birdenbire kendinden şikayet etmeye başlayan biri olarak bulur kendisini. Üstelik doktoru dahil herkesin yaptığı da budur. Herkesin istediği de... Şikayet ettiği kişi kendisine tıpatıp benzeyen ismi ve işi kendisininkiyle aynı olan bir Goldyadkin, bazen hep haklı gördüğü tarafları da olması ilgi çekicidir. Pek sevdim ben bu kitabı..
May 22, 2016 Bita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
قبل از هر چيز، اگر قصد خواندن اين كتاب را داريد، به هيچ عنوان سراغ ترجمه ى جناب ايرج قريب نرويد، ترجمه ى بسيار بد و -البته چاپى كه من خواندم - پر از ايرادات ويراستارى.. اما خود داستان، حتى با وجود ايراداتى كه ميتوان به روال داستانپردازى گرفت يكى از بى نظيرترين داستانى بود كه تا به حال خوانده ام، رفت و برگشت هاى عالى بين واقعيت و خيال قهرمان، بخصوص با در نظر گرفتن ظرف زمان و رشد دانش روانشناسى،"همزاد" قدرت ذهن و قلم نويسنده را آشكار ميكند
Mar 06, 2016 Lu rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Jakov Petrovič Goljadkin è un semplice e misero impiegato che si ritrova vittima di un (view spoiler)
Sinceramente Il Sosia non mi è piaciuto o meglio, non l'ho capito. La figura di Goljadkin non risulta interessante da alcun punto di vista, è semplicemente un ometto assai patetico con evidenti problemi comportamentali ed una immaginazione talmente fervida e n
Mar 27, 2016 Fran rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Angoscia allo stato puro.
Hugo Emanuel
May 19, 2014 Hugo Emanuel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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"O Duplo" foi publicado quando Dostoievski tinha apenas 26 anos, pouco depois do seu bem recebido primeiro romance "Gente Pobre". No entanto, a recepção deste seu segundo romance esteve bem longe de ser unanimemente positiva – na verdade consta que na altura da sua publicação foi alvo de mais criticas negativas do que positivas – o próprio Dostoievski afirmou mais tarde ter ficado algo descontente em relação á forma da sua obra. Não é difícil perceber o porquê de ter sido tão criticada, embora n ...more
Apr 26, 2007 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Doubleis the last book I finished before officially launching my current fanaticism for George Orwell. But lest it be overlooked, I want to note the worth of this strange little book.

This is Dostoevsky's second novel--following Poor Folk, and previous to the titles that are generally considered to be his masterpieces. It's also written before Dostoevsky's political arrest, his death sentence, his last minute reprieve, and his years in a Siberian prison work camp.

The story follows a painfully
Ho apprezzato molto questa rilettura, fatta ad anni di distanza dal primo incontro con Jakov Petrovič Goljadkin. Ammetto che la prima volta non avevo capito tutta l'abilità che ci vuole per portare il lettore accanto al nostro eroe, a quel Goljadkin senior dal comportamento irritante e stravagante che ci fa girare per San Pietroburgo alla ricerca di qualcosa che non c'è.
Quello del doppio è un tema affascinante e Dostoevskji sa presentarlo con originalità. Per chi volesse approfondire, c'è il clu
Manik Sukoco
Spy vs Spy thriller about Russian spies and assassins infiltrating the US. If there were not enough crime elements to worry about for the average American (street gangs, Mexican drug cartels, inner-city crime wave, serial murderers, the Mafia, deranged mass killers), now we have to worry about Russian Assassins!
The assassin in particular is a ghostly guy formerly working for the KGB, code-named Cassius. Cassius put together a team of Russian assassins and controlled them from afar, back in the d
Esma Tezgi
Dec 24, 2015 Esma Tezgi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Genel olarak Dostoyevski'nin başarısız bir romanı olarak algılansa da ben öyle bulmadım, tamam eksikleri var belki ancak bence kesinlikle başarısız bir kitap değil. Golyadkin'in ruhsal çözümlemeleri o kadar güzeldi ki Dostoyevski'ye hayran olmadan edemedim. Psikoloji alanıyla uğraşsa Dostoyevski kesinlikle bir numara olurdu diye düşünmemekse imkansız.

Evet romanın bazı eksikleri vardı, bazı anlaşılmayan noktaları ancak karakterin ruh durumu öyle güzel ve ayrıntılı işlenmişti ki bunlar bana küçük
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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.

Dostoyevsky was the second son of a former army doctor. He was educated at home and at a private school. Shortly after the death
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