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3.70  ·  Rating details ·  13,811 ratings  ·  872 reviews
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. The Double is one of the finest of his shorter works. It appeared in 1846 (his second published work) and is by far the most significant of his early stories, not least for its successful, str ...more
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Published March 12th 1997 by Dover Publications (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 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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“Soy lo que parezco y no parezco lo que soy; soy un enigma inexplicable para mí mismo: ¡Mi 'yo' se ha escindido!"
(Medardus, Los elixires del Diablo, E.T.A. Hoffmann)

Cuando uno lee la obra de un autor en su totalidad, especialmente la de uno tan prolífico como Fiódor Dostoievski, sabe íntimamente que rápidamente comenzará a releer aquellos de sus libros que considere más queridos y que más hondo hayan calado en su corazón y su mente. Más allá de la repercusión que ese libro haya causado en la cr
Bill  Kerwin
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Nabokov considered this “Dostoyevsky’s best work,” but, then again, Nabokov didn’t like Dostoyevsky: he also called the novella “an obvious and shameless imitation of Gogol's "Nose." “The Double” is indeed a great work, though far from Dostoyevsky’s greatest (too full of repetitions, verbal and structural, too often willfully obscure), and—I would argue—it is great precisely because of the manner in which it obviously and shamelessly imitates Gogol.

In “The Double,” the twenty-five year old Dosto
Ahmad Sharabiani
Двойник = Dvojník = The Double: Two Versions, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Double (Russian: Двойник, Dvoynik) is a novella written by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. It was first published on January 30, 1846 in the Fatherland Notes. It was subsequently revised and republished by Dostoevsky in 1866. It is narrated in the first person.
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز بیست و چهارم ماه فوریه سال 2009 میلادی
عنوان: همزاد؛ نویسنده: فئودور داستایوسکی (داستایفسکی)؛ مترجم: ایرج قریب؛ تهران، نقره، 1368؛ در 258 ص؛ چاپ دوم: آبادان، پ
Fayez Ghazi فايز غازي
- "المثل" او "القرين" او "الشبيه"، ثلاث مفردات ترجمت بها هذه الرواية من الروسية، واميل الى "الشبيه" اكثر من المفردات الثانية.

- العمل الثاني لدوستوفسكي بعد الفقراء، وقد لاقى رفضاً في حينها بين الأوساط الأدبية، حتى ان دوستوفسكي اراد اعادة كتابة هذه الرواية الا ان وقته لم يسمج له فيما بعد، لكنه كان يقول دائماً ان الفكرة ممتازة وهذا القالب الذي خرجت فيه.

- الرواية تظهر تأثّر دوستوفسكي بغوغل، لكن دوسنوفسكي غاص في نفسية البطل وكشف الغطاء عن نفسيته وجنونه واحاسيسه وانطباعاته ولحظات ضعفه ووهنه... كشف إنف
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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"فکر من, حضرت اشرف, رنگ رادمردی داشت...."

"همزاد" شاهکاری بی بدیل از داستایوسکی.....خوانشی که با یک نفس همراه بود و هیجانی که تا به آخر اجازه نمیداد کتاب برزمین گذاشته شود....نگاه روانشناسانه و با ظرافت نویسنده ای نابغه بر درونی ترین و با اهمیت ترین بخش حیاتی انسان, نقطه تاریک و اهریمن وجود....همانجا که همه ما سعی در انکارش داشته و با ترس بر آن سرپوش گذاشته ایم به امید ظهور نکردنش....همان نیمه شخصیت مان که اگر یاد نگیریم با آن زیستن کنیم, همه وجودمان را إشغال خواهد كرد و غیرارادی به حرکتمان بازخو
Steven Godin
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
The morbidly sensitive and pretentious clerk Golyadkin, already clinically deranged by the social pressures of his office and by unrequited love, suffers a growing persecution mania, which leads him to encounter another man looking exactly like him who is the leader of a conspiracy against him. He is finally driven to a madhouse by a series of encounters with this being, who is sometimes clearly his own reflection in a glass, sometimes the embodiment of his own aggressive fantasies, sometimes an ...more
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: black-metal
“Numb and chill with horror, our hero woke up, and numb and chill with horror felt that his waking state was hardly more cheerful...It was oppressive and harrowing...He was overcome by such anguish that it seemed as though someone were gnawing at his heart.”

The Double is a vivid, relentless depiction of one man’s downward spiral into the impulsivity, indecision, tormenting confusion and ultimate chaos of severe mental illness. Golyadkin’s agonizing descent, fueled by alienation, paranoia and s
Feb 14, 2012 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
Ahmed Ibrahim
الرواية الثانية من أعمال دوستويفسكي وصدرت بعد رواية الفقراء في نفس العام، وبعد أن قُوبلت الفقراء باحتفاء كبير من قبل النقاد لم تجد هذه الرواية سوى الجفاء وهجوم النقاد عليها، بالرغم من أن هذه الرواية أفضل بكثير سابقتها.

في اعتقادي أن السبب في جفاء النقاد لهذه الرواية أنها اتبعت أسلوبًا مختلفًا في السرد عن سابقتها، وأن موضوعها لم تغلب عليه العاطفة الذي غلبت على الفقراء، فهذه الرواية كانت أكثر خوضًا في النفس البشرية وعلم النفس.

الرواية مبنية حول مرض السكيزوفرينيا أو الفصام.
قال نجيب محفوظ في روايته
داستان به نسبت خوبی بود. البته به پای شاهکارهای دیگهٔ داستایوسکی نمی رسید، ولی خوب بود.
معتقدم این سوژه رو اگه به دست کافکا می دادن، یه داستان پر از وحشت و طنز و وقایع سوررئال درست می کرد و می تونست یه شاهکار ازش خلق کنه. داستایوسکی، با جهان بینی خودش به این سوژه نگاه کرده.
همینطور پایانش، که به نظر خیلی ساده بود، همین پایان رو اگه کافکا می نوشت، می تونست کولاک کنه.
به هر حال.
ترجمه اصلاً قابل قبول نبود (من ترجمهٔ سروش حبیبی رو نخوندم. مترجم دیگه ای رو خوندم که اسمش رو خاطرم نیست). مترجم اول کتاب اد
Creepy precursor to Kafka?

This surreal early Dostoevsky novella started as an almost slapstick black comedy whose hapless, paranoid, wussy little “hero” suddenly acquires a double — a slick, devious sociopath who sets out to undermine him and usurp his life. We never really know if this is a psychotic delusion, a psychological “shadow” ... or even the Devil himself. Anxiety escalates to an almost unbearable level — while the exaggerated dramatic narrative never totally loses its dark sense of hu

فكرة عبقرية و رواية سيئة.
تستغرق وقتا طويلا لتدرك أن الأحداث بعضها حقيقة و بعضها الآخر أوهام في رأس البطل. ثم لا تدرك الفرق بين الواقع و الوهم. ثرثرة كثيرة بلا طائل و أحداث ممطوطة و بلا تأثير ان نزعتها تماما من الرواية و فصوول متتابعة يمكن المرور عليها مرور الكرام ليأتي الجزء الأخير حيث الإثارة و المتعة و النهاية المأسوية الحزينة.
لا شك ان دوستويفسكي نكدي من يومه فقد كانت تلك الرواية هي الإنتاج الثاني له في الساحة الأدبية لذا جاءت متعجلة متكلفة لم تنل صبر و شغف و تمهل الرواية الأولى و لا خبرة و فل
Manuel Antão
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
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If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

Mise en Abyme: "The Double" by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

(Original Review, 1981-03-23)

Hammett I take to have a brilliant literary mind and to be well read in Literature. I take him to be able to know what a Byronic Hero is, what others thought about that, to have his own thoughts about it, as well as lots of other things (like about detective stories), of course. And I take him to have an idea of what a parable is and how it differs from a sto
Apr 23, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
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
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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La paranoia autoinfligida del Sr. Goliadkin demuestra que la temática del doble en manos de Dostoievski adquiere relieves serios. Aunque a don Bielinski, afamado crítico de la época no le haya gustado para nada (Dostoievski reelaboraría esta novela en 1866), luego de haberlo apodado "el nuevo Gogol" al leerse "Pobres Gentes" en una noche con Nekrasov, la novela tiene una trama llevadera hacia el desastre.

Sugiero leer mi reseña extendida de este libro:
Luís C.
"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
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Apeteceu-me gritar com o sr. Goliádkin: dizer-lhe que não fosse parvo, que se defendesse, que parasse de gaguejar e de se humilhar…mas o sr. Goliádkin continuou tacanho, indeciso, incapaz de reagir e sair daquela solidão fatal.
No seu desfortúnio viu-se num espelho invertido, reconheceu-se e transferiu para o outro o que não foi capaz de enfrentar em si próprio, esperneou numa contenda inglória e claudicou lastimosamente por mais que eu lhe gritasse.

Dostoyevsky já era mestre a escrever aos 24 an
Simona Bartolotta
"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."

(Scroll down to read the English review.)

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
May 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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(3,5*) Αν και η ανάγνωση στην αρχή είναι λίγο κουραστική...η συνέχεια σίγουρα σε δικαιώνει.

Το βιβλίο του Dostoyevsky πραγματεύεται ένα θέμα που βασανίζει τον άνθρωπο από την εποχή ακόμη του συγγραφέα και που πάντα παραμένει επίκαιρο. Εμμένεις στην ιδιαιτερότητα σου ή υποκύπτεις σε συμβιβασμούς προκειμένου να γίνεις δεκτός από το κοινωνικό σύνολο; Ξεχωρίζεις στον όχλο ή απορροφάσαι από αυτόν; Ο πρωταγωνιστής του βιβλίου βρίσκεται μετέωρος μεταξύ των δύο αυτών στάσεων, οι οποίες παρουσιάζονται μέσ
May 11, 2015 rated it liked it
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
Jack Tripper
Dec 31, 2017 rated it did not like it
"Resides at the very apex of all that is absolute, patience-testing wank." This was written by some online critic (Jimmy Vespa) describing the British comedian Stewart Lee's stand up act, but I think it applies here. He then goes on to say "Seriously, when there is the comedy equivalent of the Nuremberg trials, this bastard is gonna be hung from the highest fucking lamp post, pelted with wasps' nests and dog turds, and eventually blasted with a flame thrower."

Now I wouldn't go that far with Dost
David Schaafsma
I read The Double because of Stephen Godin’s fine review, though given the noir I have been reading, The Gambler might have been a better, grittier choice for a short Dostoevsky novel. But it’s angsty enough for my purposes, a reread for me. “A Petersburg Poem,” he subtitles it. First published in 1846, an early—his second--work, Dostoevsky considered it a failure, revised it and republished it twenty years later, and still thought it was structurally a failure. But he liked the idea, and I did, ...more
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
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
بار دیگه بهم ثابت شد که داستایفسکی قبل از اینکه یه نویسنده باشه یه روانکاوِ .
خیلی استادانه تونسته بود فروپاشی شخصیت آقای گالیادکین رو به تصویر بکشه .
آثار داستایفسکی همیشه حس و حال خاص خودشو داره با اینکه گاهی بی رحم به نظر میاد ولی جذاب و قابل توجهِ.
Emad Attili
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing

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
نبال قندس
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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كم مرة خلال طفولتنا أخذتنا أحلام اليقظة إلى مكان نجد لنا فيه نسخة طبق الأصل منا؟ نمارس معها شيطناتنا ومقالبنا؟

ماذا لو كانت هذه النسخة هي كل ما نخشى أن نكونه؟ ماذا لو احتلت النسخة حياتنا ودفعتنا خارج إطار الصورة؟
السيد المحترم ياكوف بتروفيتش ،
إما أنا إما أنت ، وليس كلانا في وقت واحد


أن تكون تلك الرواية هي ثاني أعمال كاتب ، فكيف تكون إذاً روايته حينما يكون له اسماً ونضوجاً
دوستويفسكي يبرع في هذه الرواية التي ألهمت كثيراً من كتبوا وألفوا روايات وأفلام عن أشخاص مصابين بالفصام
وحتي أنك لا تستطيع الجزم بأن البطل فعلاً مصاب بالفصام ، فنهاية تلك الرواية المفتوحة تترك لك كل التصورات والإفتراضات ولتحسب ما تحسب
أكتسبت الرواية رونقها من خلال إعتمادها علي إظهار الحوارات الداخلية والصراع الذي يشوب نفس البطل ، صاغه ل
Sep 23, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dostoyevski yıllar sonra "Bir Yazarın Günlüğünde" şöyle bir itirafta bulunmuştur:

"Bu hikaye başarılı olamadı, ama fikir zekiyceydi; daha önce edebiyata bundan daha ciddi bir fikir sunmamıştım. Ama bu hikayenin biçimi kesinlikle başarısızdı. On beş yıl sonra bu hatayı 'Toplu Eeserlerim' için çalışırken olabildiğince düzelttim, fakat bu hikayenin başarısız olduğuna bir kez daha ikna oldum. Eğer bu fikir üzerine çalışıp ifade etseydim tamamen farklı bir biçime başvururdum; ama 1846'da doğru biçimi
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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 psyche 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 dea
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