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Oscar Wilde claimed that Humiliated and Insulted is not "at all inferior to the other great masterpieces" and Friedrich Nietzsche is said to have wept over it. Its construction is that of an intricate detective novel, and the reader is plunged into a world of moral degradation, childhood trauma and, above all, unrequited love and irreconcilable relationships. At the centre ...more
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Published December 13th 2018 by Alma Classics (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,
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Steven
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.
Amy
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.

Plot
Vanya is a young writer, initially
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Chrissie
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'
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Luís
A magnificent novel by Fyodor Dostoyevsky which can be read by itself, with ease, with enthusiasm! We run out of steam at one point; we catch our breath at another. The story escapes us sometimes, and then we pick up on it with a lot of enthusiasm. Although the feelings kneaded with a lot of violence, and also perspicacity, the universe of madness, so pronounced in other works of the author, is not yet in embryonic phase in Humiliated and Offended, which makes this book a real treat.
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 large ...more
Sera
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 thought-p
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Baba
Mar 24, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic
A fast-moving detective story of young lovers, unforgiving parents, wicked aristocrats and sordid brothel keepers. The young writer is based on Dostoyevsky himself. A highly readable, engaging and accessible 'classic' by Dostoyevsky. 6 out of 12.
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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 Leão
Drinking game suggestion: have a shot every time a woman faints.
Meg
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. Dostoevsk ...more
Beatrice Apetrei
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 de
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Jim
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 c
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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!
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 functio
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Ferris
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 main ...more
Paul Ataua
'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.
Aje
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 .
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,
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Frankie
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.
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Descending Angel
Apr 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dostoevsky, russian
A very unsung masterpiece, and judgeing by the rating it's got, alot of people agree.
Saleh Muhammed
Oct 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my re-reading of "The Insulted and Injured" as part of my attempt to complete the complete work of Feydor Dostoyevsky. I had read the novel for a very long time, when I began reading Dostoevsky, and at that time I did not have the literary interest that makes me search about this novel, and I get enough for saying: It is a good novel.
I definitely knew that studying such a novel would require preparation. I did not begin it until I had finished with Henry Trouba's book “Dostoevsky: His Li
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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 whic
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'Izzat Radzi
Easily became my new favourite.

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

His potrayal of betrayal, suffering in the early part is very real, that one might ask, "is this based on a true story?", as the backcover stated?
Moving further through the pages, Dostoevsky later aoapt a different style, particularly in part 4, where the story is non-linear in time with recollections fro
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Ryan
A bit soap-opera-ish, with a touch of Dickens. Worth a read none-the-less.

The narrator, Vanya, is a novelist in the mold of the author. One of his critics says that his books border on mawkish, and are stained by Vanya's sweat and tears, who works with such febrile intensity to complete them (always under the pressure of a deadline). This weakness is apparent in Dostoevsky's characterizations as well, as nearly everyone in this novel is in a near constant state of delirious emotional upheaval, c
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Ива Великова
Dostoevsky, you stole my heart! You are Master of literature, my absolute favourite author and I adore your works! You never betrayed me, even with the shortets stories and novellas. I am glad I found your works!

I felt the pain the brothers Karamazov had, I was hiding in the darkest corners with Raskolnikov when he did his crime, I hated the society that could not understand the feelings of prince Mishkin who was called an idiot, I was in the casino with the gambler, I was with Stavrogin and wi
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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 philosoph
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James
This was the first of Dostoevsky's full-length novels. With the characteristic Dostoevskian emphasis on suffering this melodramatic story features a young writer (not unlike Dostoevsky himself) who is in love young girl who, in turn, loves another young man named Aloysha. Ivan has philosophical disputations with Aloysha's father, Prince Valkovski. The melodrama is further heightened by the presence of another girl, Nelly, who is harassed by the Prince. The melodramatic sequences reminded me of e ...more
Nishant Nori
May 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the few books (probably the only one) that provoked tears from my eyes. Nellie is such a moving character. And the story is so tragic and touching. This is my first book from Fyodor Dostoeyvsky and certainly not the last one. I am going to re-read it again.
Asef
Nov 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The very sad story of some miserable, poor, heart broken people...
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Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky was born in Moscow in 1821. His debut, the epistolary novella Poor Folk (1846), made his name. In 1849 he was arrested for involvement with the politically subversive 'Petrashevsky circle' and until 1854 he lived in a convict prison in Omsk, Siberia. From this experience came The House of the Dead (1860-2). In 1860 he began the journal Vremya (Time). Already married, ...more

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