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The Adolescent (Vintage Classics) by [Fyodor Dostoevsky, Richard Pevear, Larissa Volokhonsky]

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This superb new translation?never before published?of one of Dostoevsky?s major novels comes from the award-winning translators Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky. The Adolescent (originally published in English as A Raw Youth) is markedly different in tone from Dostoevsky?s other masterpieces. It is told from the point of view of the nineteen-year-old narrator, whose immaturity, freshness, and naïveté are unforgettably reflected in his narrative voice.

The illegitimate son of a landowner, Arkady Dolgoruky was raised by foster parents and tutors, and has scarcely ever seen his father, Versilov, and his mother, Versilov?s peasant common-law wife. Arkady goes to Petersburg to meet this ?accidental family? and to confront the father who dominates his imagination and whom he both disdains and longs to impress. Having sewn into his coat a document that he believes gives him power over others, Arkady proceeds with an irrepressible youthful volatility that withstands blunders and humiliations at every turn. Dostoevsky masterfully depicts adolescence as a state of uncertainty, ignorance, and incompleteness, but also of richness and exuberance, in which everything is still possible. His tale of a youth finding his way in the disorder of Russian society in the 1870s is a high and serious comedy that borders on both farce and tragedy. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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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 na-ve 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 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. This new English version by the most acclaimed of Dostoevsky's translators is a masterpiece of pathos and high comedy. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B000XUDFU4
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Vintage; Vintage Classics ed. edition (18 December 2007)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1033 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 610 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 0375719008
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