The Double

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Audio (6.57 hours)
Product Number: Z100093712
Released: Jun 16, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781481552981
Narrator/s: Stefan Rudnicki
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This is the story of Yakov Petrovich Golyadkin. Mr. Golyadkin, a minor government official, is a rather middling man. Then one day he meets his "double"-a man with the same name, face, and background. Initially charmed by the coincidence, Golyadkin soon notices a discernable cooling in the reaction of his friends and colleagues, while his double seems to grow in popularity. Mr. Golyadkin, unable to escape the relentless presence of "Golyadkin junior," finds that even the most ordinary activities begin to take on a terrifying significance, until he finds himself on the verge of a breakdown. The Double introduced the concept of the split personality or divided soul that would become a common psychological feature of the characters of Dostoevsky's later novels. Considered the most Gogolesque of Dostoevsky's works, the novella brilliantly depicts Golyadkin's descent into madness in a way that is hauntingly poetic. The Double illustrates Dostoevsky's uncanny ability to capture the complexity of human emotion especially the darker side of the human psyche. In this remarkable work of doppelgAnger literature, Dostoevsky examines the neurosis and paranoia that cripple a seemingly ordinary man, producing a thoroughly modern nightmare, brilliantly foreshadowing the works of Kafka and Sartre.

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Author(s): Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Genre: Classics
Original Publish Date: Apr 10, 2009

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Author(s): Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Product Number EB00456424
Released: Jul 29, 2014
Business Term: 26 Circ
ISBN: #9781443436144
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Author(s): Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Product Number EB00612303
Released: Jun 02, 2015
Business Term: 26 Circ
Publisher: Joe Books Inc.
ISBN: #9781987955415

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