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The narrator and protagonist of Dostoevsky’s novel The Adolescent (first published in English as A Raw Youth) is Arkady Dolgoruky, a naive 19-year-old boy bursting with ambition and opinions. The illegitimate son of a dissipated landowner, he is torn between his desire to expose his father’s wrongdoing and the desire to win his love. He travels to St. Petersburg to confron ...more
Paperback, 647 pages
Published December 7th 2004 by Vintage (first published 1875)
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Luís C.
Fourth of Dostoevsky's 5 novels streams (appeared between Demons and The Brothers Karamazov), The Adolescent is the least known and probably the least read of them.
The teenager of the title, Arkady Makarovich Dolgorouki, is the bastard of a lord, and the wife of one of his serfs, with whom he lives, although the husband is still alive. The book is a first-person account of a number of important events that have happened to the character and his entourage.
Arkadi had little knowledge of his parent
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Deepthi
Jun 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Admirers of Dostoyevsky
4.5/5

"Dostoevsky gives me more than any scientist, more than Gauss." - Albert Einstein

Dostoyevsky knew how to rip open a human soul and leave it bare in front of his readers. What can I say about his understanding of human mind that haven't been said before? So, I will just stick to a brief review on this book and my experience reading it.

Firstly, 'The Adolescent' should not be compared to Dostoyevsky's other major works. This novel does not have the grand setting like 'Brothers Karamazov' nor d
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Michael Finocchiaro
While not in the upper pantheon of Dostoyevsky novels, the Adolescent is nonetheless a literary tour de force loaded with political intrigue and some of the most enigmatic characters in his work. Once you have read Crime & Punishment, Demons, and Crime and Punishment, this one is required reading!
Ahmed
Jun 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
لو كان فيه 10 او حتى 100 نجمة كان خدها بكل سهولة

معرفش ازاي حرجع اقرا للكتاب "العاديين"، ا

عبقرية الى ابعد الحدود،
اخيرا كاتب ادى للانسان التعقيد الي يستحقه، مش شوية معطيات و معلومات بتاخدها في نوتة في اول القصة و البطل زي الروبوت بيتحرك على اساسها باقي القصة

الابطال مش اغبيا (و ديه حاجة باعشقها في القصص - السبب الوحيد الي ممكن يخليني اني اقرا لبطل غبي هي ان القصة تكون كوميدي) ، القصة 800 صفحة تقريبا بس محستش بذرة ملل طول القصة

القصة مكتوبة من 150 سنة تقريبا، بس في احيان كتيرة المراهق الي في القصة اح
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Fernando
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Fiódor Dostoievski ha logrado en mí lo que ningún escritor pudo: liberarme del hechizo de Edgar Allan Poe. Hubo una época en que el genio de Poe logró que yo, más allá de tener mis preferencias y admirar a muchos escritores, no pudiera ejercer, en cierto modo, una libre reseña sin tomar como punto de partida o comparación (decisión errónea) su obra. Cuando conocí a Dostoievski, comencé a cambiar ciertas formas de pensar y “sentir” la literatura.
Cada una de sus novelas iba marcando en mí nuevas
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karen
Dec 25, 2007 rated it it was ok
what a brat!
Marius
Un roman mai deosebit scris de Dostoievski. Mă aşteptam la grozăvii nemaipomenite aşa cum mă obişnuise autorul în celelalte romane.

Dimpotrivă, aici nimeni nu este omorât, muşcat de ureche, pălmuit. Nici un scandal public, nici o copilă de 12 ani n-a fost siluită. Doar vreo 2 sinucideri 'colaterale', un pumn în cap şi o urecheală.

În rest, psihologie pură, n-am fost dezamăgit deloc.
Hadrian
Aug 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book has been overlooked to an astonishing degree, even by fans of Dostoyevsky, and perhaps I could understand why. But it is not bad by any means - compared to the rest of his books, a merely interesting book can seem awful in comparison.

The plot concerns an adolescent (although the translation is still up for a fine-tuned debate) who is illegitimate and something about a mysterious letter. It is not exactly full of the grand philosophy and debate that Dostoyevsky employs, but what he does
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Hakan
Sep 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
yirmi yaşında bir delikanlının duygu-düşünce eksenindeki notlarından ibaret bir roman yazmak demek karmakarışık, dağınık, çelişkili bir roman yazmak demek. dostoyevski bunu olgunluk döneminde yapıyor. hikayeyi geri plana alarak, akıcı, keyifli olmasını düşünmeden 600 sayfa yazıyor. en zayıf romanlarından biri ortaya çıkıyor sonuç olarak. suç ve ceza'yı, budala'yı geride bıraktıktan sonra bile isteye zayıf bir roman. neden?..çünkü, denebilir, dostoyevski "delikanlılardan nesiller doğar" deyip üç ...more
أحمد أبازيد Ahmad Abazed
يكتب ديستويفسكي في مسوّدة الرواية :
" المطلوب تغيير العالم فلنبدأ بأنفسنا ... و فكرتي هي أنّه ينبغي تغيير العالم ولكن أوّل خطوة نحو ذلك أن نبدأ حتما بأنفسنا "
و هذا ما اختاره المراهق , فكتب مذكّراته و دوّن ذاكرته بكلّ تفاصيلها و بكلّ ما يملك و يريد من صدق في نقل مغامراته و أخطائه ونزقه و غبائه و أخطائه و أفكاره , لم يكتبها ترفا و إنّما لتكون مرقاته نحو التغيير : " أحسست فجأة أنّني بفضل هذا التذكّر و هذا التسجيل لذكرياتي ربّيت نفسي تربية جديدة " و هذا ما أراده المراهق و ما أراده ديستويفسكي , أن تر
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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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