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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
Paperback, 144 pages
Published March 12th 1997 by Dover Publications (first published 1846)
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Florencia
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
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B0nnie
Feb 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
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
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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
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Simona Bartolotta
Mar 02, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1800
"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
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Lori
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
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Anastasia
Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, owned-books
(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
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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
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Amalie
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
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Chrissie
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: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quot....

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
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Junta
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
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رؤیا (Roya)
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: رمان
"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 اشغال کرده و غیرارادی به حرکتمان بازخواهد د
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Emad Attili
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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.



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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
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Fatemeh sherafati
فکر می کنم اولین اثریه که دارم از داستایوفسکی می خونم . با تعریفایی که از داستا شنیده بودم فکر می کردم حتی کتابای غیرشاهکارشم باید فوق العاده باشن.. در صورتی که هرچی بیشتر پیش رفتم با چیز عجیب و متفاوتی مواجه نشدم.. فکر می کنم کار خوبی کردم که از شاهکار یک نویسنده شروع نکردم.. این طوری هیجان و اشتیاقم برای خوندن اون شاهکار بیشتر می شه.

داستان در مورد تکوین جنون یک مرده. می شه گفت موضوع داستان خلاقانه بوده.. مثل داستان مسخِ کافکا که با چیزی مواجه می شیم که قبلا تو هیچ داستانِ دیگه ای نخونده بودیمش
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David Sarkies
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dark
As One Gets Older
27 January 2017 - Sydney

One of the things that I have come to see that is a key ingredient of succeeding, not just in the modern world, but pretty much everywhere, is to be able to interact and socialise. The thing is that you could be one of the most brilliant minds out there but unless you are able to sell yourself, and your ideas, then unfortunately you probably aren't going to get anywhere. Sure, there are people out there who manage to get a 'lucky break' (and I believe Ei
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Levent
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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Angie
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.
Benjamin
Nov 08, 2008 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
Simona
Feb 22, 2016 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.
Un
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Txe Polon
En comparación con otras novelas de Dostoyevski, El doble es una novela menos redonda y menos convincente, incluso menos estimulante y efectiva en su modo de afectar al lector. Pero no es que sea una mala novela, sino que más bien Dostoyevski se adentró por terrenos novelísticamente por descubrir, injiriéndose en la mente de su protagonista hasta el punto de que sus voces/mentes se hacen una. Algo que la novela del siglo XX explorará hasta la perfección, aquí se presenta como un ensayo al que -p ...more
Ana Carvalheira
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Foi com um sorriso que concluí a leitura deste “O Duplo” de Fiódor Dostoievski. Não possuindo a densidade dramática de “Os Irmãos Karamazov” nem a apologia à desgraça como em “Crime e Castigo”, esta narrativa não deixa de nos surpreender.

Indo de encontro àquilo que melhor caracteriza a obra de Dostoievski, também “O Duplo” debruça-se sobre a inadaptação do ser humano à sociedade, à realidade na qual vive, na sua irremediabilidade se se pretender viver uma vida honrada, laboriosa, digna e humild
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Özgür
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: klasikler
Seriyi okumaya devam.. Yorum son kitaptan sonra olacak.
Akylina
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
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Hans Castorp
El Dostoievski más joven y menos profundo, sorprende con un sarcasmo que ya les gustaría a muchos... Una obra ágil que ya da muestras de genialidad, pese a no ser, ni mucho menos (por mucho que dijese Nabokov) la mejor obra del escritor eslavo.
Cem
Oct 10, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dostoyevski, kardeşi Mihail'e "Golyadkin yordu beni,"diye bir itirafta bulunmuş.Açıkçası beni de yordu biraz...

Golyadkin acaba bir insanın iki ayrı yüzünü mü sembolize etmektedir?
Bizler bazen vefalı,hayırlı;bazense hayırsız,vefasız,kayıtsız olabileceğimiz gibi;sinirlilik,yorgunluk,yoğunluk durumlarımıza göre,anlayışlı-tutarlı ya da fevri,dengesiz,kırıcı olmuyor muyuz ayrı ayrı günlerde,ya da aynı gün içinde bile...Dualizmin bire bir yansımasıdır bence insan karakterleri...
JSou
Jun 29, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
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
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Darwin8u
Jan 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
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
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Fran
Feb 23, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biblioteca-mlol
Angoscia allo stato puro.
Eve
Jan 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read
Ο Ντοστογιέφσκι αποδεικνύει στον Σωσία ότι διαθέτει μια εκπληκτική ικανότητα να εμβαθύνει στον ανθρώπινο ψυχισμό. Είναι ο συγγραφέας που πραγματεύεται με τόσο μοναδικό τρόπο α-χρονικά υπαρξιακά και ψυχολογικά ζητήματα. Είναι εκπληκτικό το γεγονός ότι οι εγγενείς αδυναμίες της κοινωνίας στην οποία αναφέρεται ο Ντοστογιέφσκι δεν περιορίζονται χωρο-χρονικά στην τσαρική Αγία Πετρούπολη , αλλά απαντώνται και στις σημερινές κοινωνίες και οδηγούν σε μια ισοπεδωτική ομογενοποίηση και κομφορμισμό.
Ο Γκολ
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Patrick James
May 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Peri Kitapları
Aug 28, 2015 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."
demi
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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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