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The Insulted and Injured

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Originally published in 1915. Author: Dostoyevsky, Fyodor, 1821-1881 Language: English Keywords: Literature Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. Obscure Press are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and ...more
Paperback, 348 pages
Published February 14th 2006 by Obscure Press (first published 1861)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Unizhennye i oskorblennye = Humiliés et offensés = The Insulted and Humiliated, Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Natasha leaves her parents' home and runs away with Alyosha (prince Alexey) – the son of Prince Valkovsky. As a result of his pain, her father, Nikolai, curses her. The only friend that remains by Natasha's side is Ivan – her childhood friend who is deeply in love with her, and whom Natasha has rejected despite their being engaged. Prince Valkovsky tries to destroy Alyosha's plans to marry Natasha,
Why is this one not as 'famous' as Crime and Punishment or The Brothers Karamazov? It may not be as deep philosophically as either of those, but trust me, it aches your heart all the more for it. Humiliated and Insulted turned my insides into a weepy mess. Characters in a book, or real people? My mind and heart could not tell, or maybe they could, but it did not make a difference. Dostoevsky is that good, and I can only thank him for this beautiful novel.
OH! What a novel! How is it possible a mere human could write something so wonderful and compelling? The Insulted and Injured is a beautiful, painful novel. It is not as complicated as War and Peace. The plot is not as philisophical as The Brother's Karamazov . It is not as well as known as Crime and Punishment. And yet...and yet it deserves a ranking alongside its more classic and well-loved brethren. The themes may be simple, but the message rings true.

Vanya is a young writer, initially
The Insulted and the Injured goes also by the titles The Insulted and the Humiliated and Injury and Insult. It was first published in 1861 in the monthly magazine Vremya. It was Dostoyevsky’s first novel published after returning from his deportation to Siberia. The translation I read is by Constance Garner. I wonder how it compares to Ignat Avsey’s.

Primary Characters :
*Vanya (Ivan Petrovich) – author and narrator
*Nikolai Sergueych Ikhmenev – landlord of Ikhmenevka
*Anna Andreyevna – Nikolai's
Luís C.
This first important work of Fyodor Dostoevsky published in 1861 entitled "The Insulted and Humiliated" was a very nice discovery for me. There is literary power in the Russian writer who moves me.
Here the narrator is Ivan Petrovich, a lonely young writer who looks like the author. Ivan desperately loves Natacha, who loves another, the rich Alyosha. The latter is the son of Prince Valkovski, a cruel and manipulative man responsible for the humiliation of Natasha's father. Added to this is the
MJ Nicholls
A bracing early novel from the most unflinching of the Russian Titans, (The) Humiliated & Insulted is the only Dostoevsky novel with a writer-as-narrator, but not the only based on autobiographical material. Vanya is an up-and-coming literary talent whose first novel—cough not Poor Folk cough—has been critically lauded. He is chummy with Natasha, who is overly chummy with the indecisive blithering imbecile Alyosha, who can’t choose between marrying Nat or a less-attractive Countess with a ...more
Jan 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
It has become one of my favorites from Dostoevsky. The book is focused on social classes as well as the human soul. Characters, dialogues, emotional conflicts, all those elements make the book a whole package and it is one of the most flowing novels of the writer. I also like Brothers Karamazhov but that wasn't as flowing as this book. Especially the parts about cardinals and monastery at Karamazhovs were hard to read for me.

The Insulted and Humiliated is humanistic, psychological and
Sotiris Karaiskos
After many fluctuations, experiments, searches, and of course many hardships, the author has finally reached a state where, having found his own voice, he was able to write his immortal masterpieces. Of course for the specialists and for many non-specialists this book is clearly inferior to his most well-known works and I'm largely bound to agree but this cannot change my perception that it is a great book. The elements that make his best works stand out are all here, perhaps in their freer but ...more
Ana Rosenstock
Drinking game suggestion: have a shot every time a woman faints.
Beatrice Apetrei
Dec 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, classics
So far, I’ve only read 4 novels written by Mr. Dostoyevsky, the fourth being The Insulted and Humiliated ( the others : The Eternal Husband, Notes from Underground and The Adolescent). The first three books written by him that I’ve read made me feel a lot of sadness, regret, helplessness, and so every time I felt like picking up a book written by him, I decided not to. I was scared of having my good mood ruined or of being induced into a certain mood that I could not stand.
A few weeks ago I
Bryn Hammond
Jan 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A writer at the time said the book was ‘beneath aesthetic criticism; but he acknowledged everyone had been reading what stood out as the most interesting Russian novel published in 1861.’ [Joseph Frank, Dostoevsky: The Stir of Liberation, 1860-1865] Funny, that’s how I felt: it’s awful, but it’s interesting.

It seems to be his most derivative work yet (English Dickens and the French ‘social-humanitarian’ school). D.’s obsessive urge to describe not only ‘the insulted and injured’ but the
Jun 13, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lit, 2009, borrowed
This book would have only gotten 3 stars if it weren't for its final page, which was awesome and changed the book for me entirely. I started off really enjoying the read and the dramatic style of 19th C writers, but I tired of it by the end. I kept thinking of Dickens and all the other 19th C writers who left no plot line hanging and no character, however minor, without an end, or a solution, even if it consisted of a brief sentence in parentheses explaining what had come of so and so. ...more
Apr 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes even a minor work by a great author can endear one. In this case, it is The Insulted and the Injured by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. While it is not the first book he wrote after returning to Petersburg from his stint in Siberia -- both Uncle's Dream and The Village of Stepanchikovo were published earlier -- it is the first real hint of the greatness that was to come.

The story is about a young author (suspiciously like Dostoyevsky) named Ivan Petrovich who falls in love with a young woman who
Darlene Nichols
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
In a culture of busy-ness that bleeds into the way we read and enjoy books, the slow and steady burn of Dostoyevsky’s writing does the soul good. With rich writing and proper character development, The Insulted and Injured displays the glories of love and heartbreak, of pride and forgiveness, of selfishness and selflessness. The feeling of accomplishment and increased intelligence is an added bonus of reading Russian literature!
Sep 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this novel. Dostoevsky's characters were engaging, if melodramatic. I didn't want to put the book down! What would happen to little Nellie? Would Alyosha pick Natasha or Katya? Would the prince get what was coming to him? You'll have to read it to find out. The major theme was identified in the title, "The Insulted and Humiliated". Dostoevsky points out the cruel behavior of the aristocracy towards the "common" person, and Dostoevsky favors the ability of the downtrodden to ...more
Manuel Alfonseca
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ENGLISH: A typical great novel by Dostoievski, with great characters, although some of them are a little simple. Aliosha, for instance, is completelly will-less, while his father is one of the evilest characters of literature.

Natasha provides a good example of what C.S.Lewis meant in "The Four Loves" when he said that Eros (erotic love) can become a God that demands complete submission whatever the cost. Lewis illustrated this with this quote by Denis de Rougemont: When love begins to be a god,
Mar 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: russian
This really should be ranked among Dostoevsky's top few novels, based on character type alone. The concept he expands most here is forgiveness. The character types, especially the villain Prince Valkovsky, are complete and believable and timeless.

The first scenes remind me of White Nights, dipping into (then abandoning for the remainder of the novel) a romantic intrigue with the narrator. His temporarily beloved becomes the central character, as her reputation is sullied by her fiancee's father.
Jan 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It ' s not as deeply as The Brother Karamazov or the other strong books of Dostoyevsky.But I'm not unhappy for reading it.Because you can see and understand the social classes in Russia in that years.In some chapters -about Nelly's life- it hurts and feels you bad .
Descending Angel
Apr 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: russian, dostoevsky
A very unsung masterpiece, and judgeing by the rating it's got, alot of people agree.
'Izzat Radzi
Easily become my new favourite.

This 'lost' work of his (due to either not highly renowned as his Crime and Punishment or Karamazov Brothers or mass available) has a slightly different style.

His potrayal of betrayal, suffering in the early part is so real, that one might asked, "is this based on a true story?", as the backcover stated? Moving further through the pages, Dostoevsky adapt a different style, particularly in part 4, where the story is non-linear in time with some recollections from
Paul Ataua
Aug 12, 2017 rated it liked it
'The insulted and the Injured' was Dostoevsky's first novel and an acorn from which the oaks that are 'Crime and Punishment', and 'The Brothers Karamazov' grew. It isn't as deep nor bites as hard as the later novels, and, at times, has the feel of a soap opera, but it reads well and as an interesting if ambiguous ending. Worth reading for that reason alone.
Matthew Reed
Sep 10, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Doestoevsky fans
This is an early work by Dostoevsky that you don't hear much about. He wrote it after Notes from the House of the Dead and before Notes from Underground. Sometimes the title is translated "The Insulted and the Injured" but I am glad this one is translated "The Insulted and the Humiliated" because it sounds less like a soap opera. The titles comes from a memorable speech by one of the main characters:

"O Lord, I thank Thee for all, for all, for Thy wrath and for Thy mercy! ... And for Thy sun
Aygul A. Baghirova
Oct 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
recently I picked up this book to read for the second time, I am not that kind of person who prefers to read one novel or a story for many times - there're plenty of them to be read and what is the purpose to re-read if the content is already clear and causes curiousity no more? - nevertheless, my first interaction with this story dated back to early teenager years, so I thought it would do no harm)) and def. not a waste of time.
great Dostoevsky is one of those really few authors whose
Asef Ghabeli
Nov 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The very sad story of some miserable, poor, heart broken people...
Jelena Ilic
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rarely does it happen that I merely love or hate a Dostoyevsky novel. It just has to be both. I hated the characters and their pathetic behavior and the idiot woman falling in love against all reason and the idiot man helping her and everybody else. In a lot of ways, I felt the same way as when I read The Idiot. On the other hand, there's his style and language and rhythm. There's a (great) story with meanings hidden and meanings left out in the open.
All in all, it's Dostoyevsky, I knew what I
Jason Reeser
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a magnificent book. There are glimpses of what Dostoyevsky would eventually create with Crime and Punishment, Brothers Karamazov, and The Devils, but there is really enough here in this novel to stand alone as its own classic. I am really surprised that this is so little known. I was thrilled to discover it; it was as if Dostoyevsky had returned from the grave to write a new book. How lucky! I thought I'd found all of his books years ago, but I somehow missed this one. Chronologically, ...more
J.M. Hushour
Dosty's most Dickensy novel and one of his least Dostyian novels.
There's an ongoing but not very prominent theme in Dosty scholarship about the influence of Dickens on his work, which is fascinating because they were both contemporaries, both epicists of the human spirit, but both vastly different in tone and faith in humanity (Dosty, if you don't know, tends towards the darker end of the spectrum). "Humiliated" is the most prominent outcropping of their overlapping. Dosty even names a
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well, honestly this is one of my favorites by Dostoyevsky. But then again, I cannot guarantee for my objectivity when discussing the works of such a great author.

This is a very short, very cute novel, and yet a very sad one. It may not have the depth of Crime and Punishment, nor the symbolic writing of Idiot, not even the complexity of Demons. But it's very beautiful in it's own way, and amongst the first books I have read by Dostoyevsky.

It takes incomparable brilliance to make someone feel
A very interesting read! Dostoevsky always manages to pull of what should be the impossible: telling a story with such detailed accounts of the main character's day to day activities, and with the plot moving at not a very fast pace, yet the story still intrigues one enough to keep reading and not want to stop. This work does not fully capture Dostoevsky' ability to do such, as well as Crime and Punishment did, but it was a great tale nonetheless. It was funny, had it's main plot twist along ...more
I read this last summer when I was at my grandmother's. There was a whole shelf of Russian books to choose from. However, having heard from just about everyone in my family that unlike Tolstoy, Turgenev, Gogol or Chechov Dostoyevsky was horrible, I of course decided to pick him up. This novel is not widely heard of in America, but surprisingly good. After all that I heard about Dostoyevsky I was expecting a dry writing style, dull characters, and a morbif plot. Yes, this book is depressing in ...more
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