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The Adolescent by Fyodor Dostoyevsky ,. Richard Pevear Translator. Larissa Volokhonsky Translator. He travels to St. Petersburg to confront the father he barely knows, inspired by an inchoate dream of communion and armed with a mysterious document that he believes gives him power over others.

Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published December 7th by Vintage first published More Details Original Title. Saint Petersburg Russian Federation. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Adolescent , please sign up. Would Dostoyevsky be recognized as a great author if he wrote today?

Many of this dark themes while scandalous when he wrote about them or today almost mundane. Separate topic-does anyone actually work in the world of Dostoyevsky? Do they spend hours and hours doing what almost all of us do? Phillip i think this question veers away from his greatness.

See all 4 questions about The Adolescent…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Adolescent. 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 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. Arkadi had little knowledge of his parents in his early years, he came to live with them in St. Petersburg, his vat in his pocket. The title is particularly well chosen because the hero is really a "typical" teenager.

In revolt and opposition, wanting to settle accounts, proud, susceptible, but at the same time not at all sure, and therefore speaking loudly, at the most unseemly, pretentious and naive moments.

It is at times quite unbearable. The plot is almost more complicated than in the other novels of the author, and we must cling a little so as not to get lost, and find ourselves in all the characters. We find, as in other books by the author, the metaphysical questioning, the notions of freedom, of evil The work contains many biographical aspects, for example scenes of game roulette.

Probably less striking than other books of the author, at least for me, it is still a very engaging and very dense reading.

Perhaps the choice of writing the novel in the form of a newspaper written by the young man was not the best possible angle, as it is a bit repetitive at times, and the young man is not from an exceptional clarity and penetration. Some complex aspects of thought of Dostoevsky had more difficulty to express by his pen.

Lisbon Book-Fair View all 12 comments. 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 4. This novel does not have the grand setting like 'Brothers Karamazov' nor does it have high philosophical depth like 'The Idiot' or 'Crime and Punishment', but for me it was equally enjoyable. The novel starts with an adolescent confessing his story and how he changed as a person. Dostoyevsky introduces us to Arkady Dolgoruky's "idea" and how he wants to weave his life around it. But then, like many adolescents these ideas are built on high impulses and whims, and thereby he slowly loses his determination to take it forward.

This is followed by a series of very interesting scenes and conversations which I would not reveal as it might spoil the experience of anyone who is willing to read this book in future.

For me Dostoyevsky and his stories are very important; for life and for living. Reading his works always gives me assurance that I am being understood. And I always felt that the need of being understood is more powerful than the need of being loved. Following are few lines from "The Adolescent": "Yes, Arkady, my friend, this sort of memory is always painful.

It is like certain 'painful' scenes in the works of great writers that throughout our lives hurt us when we think of them-for instance, the final monologue of Shakespeare's Othello, Pushkin's Eugene Onegin at the feet of Tatyana, or the scene is Victor Hugo's Les Miserables where the escaped convict meets the little girl. Once they have clawed at your heart, the scar will always be there View all 35 comments.

A book I will never forget. I read it in a period of my life with difficulties with my father and this book helped me a lot. In fact my father had been who introduced me to Dostoyevsky.

View all 7 comments. 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. Most of the stuff you expect from Dostoevsky is here. As usual we have a build-up in Part 1, where we get acquainted with the story, the characters and so on, and we are slowly brought into it all.

Naturally there is a really climactic last part to the book, and the final 50 or so pages are very intense! There is one big difference between this novel and most of Dostoevsky's other novels, except for Notes From Underground, in that it uses a first-person narrative.

This is interesting, and it's wo Most of the stuff you expect from Dostoevsky is here. This is interesting, and it's worth noting that the main character in The Adolescent - Arkady Dolgoruky - has, at least initially, certain traits similar to this 'underground man,' as pointed out by Richard Pevear in the introduction.

Another thing that struck me about the novel is that the familiar coating in philosophy, so common in Dostoevsky, is largely missing. At least, it is far from as prevalent as in his other works. For the most part this is a fairly straightforward tale about family drama and, well, other kinds of drama that occurs in Arkady's life, told my Arkady himself, as he, 'unable to restrain' himself, sits down to record 'this history of my first steps on life's career, though I could have done as well without it.

It's a highly enjoyable and really quite riveting read throughout, and one that fans of Dostoevsky should not miss. There are a number of great scenes in this book, and wonderful portrayals of humans -- as is to be expected in Dostoevsky. The parts with Arkady and his grandfather are especially memorable. Among Dostoevsky's novels, the style of The Adolescent is unique.

Narrated through the voice of the adolescent, Arkady Dolgoruky, the style is intentionally halting and indecisive. The humor is deadly with the adolescent going out of his way to poke fun at himself with dialogue such as the following: "Yes, as I said, you're nice-looking and you dress well.

He is too eager and agreeable. The Among Dostoevsky's novels, the style of The Adolescent is unique. The character of Makar, the Christian pilgrim, shares his faith with Arkady.

In response, the youth betrays a naive trust in scientific progress, "all those mysteries you're talking about have been solved by human intelligence long ago, and whatever hasn't been completely solved will be. In contrast to Makar, the character of Versilov is the skeptic with a secular faith, who observes that "the immense reserves of love that before were lavished on Him [Christ] who was immortality are now directed toward nature, the world, fellow men, every blade of grass.


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The novel chronicles the life of year-old intellectual, Arkady Dolgoruky, illegitimate child of the controversial and womanizing landowner Versilov. A focus of the novel is the recurring conflict between father and son, particularly in ideology, which represents the battles between the conventional "old" way of thinking in the s and the new nihilistic point of view of the youth of s Russia. The young of Arkady's time embraced a very negative opinion of Russian culture in contrast to Western or European culture. Another main theme is Arkady's development and utilization of his "idea" in his life, mainly a form of rebellion against society and his father through the rejection of attending a university, and the making of money and living independently, onto the eventual aim of becoming excessively wealthy and powerful. The question of emancipation or what to do with the newly freed serfs in the face of the corrupting influence of the West looms over the novel.

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