The Double - by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The Double by Dostoevsky by Goran-Vejanoski

This small masterpiece of the Russian novelist's early stories (1846) is one of Dostoyevsky's most accessible and entertaining works. In it the timid clerk Golyadkin is constantly rebuffed from the social circles he aspires to be part of. He then finds himself confronted by the sudden appearance of his double, a more brazen, confident and socially successful version of himself, who abuses and victimizes him. Increasingly persecuted, Golyadkin finds his social, romantic and professional life unravelling, in a spiral that leads to a catastrophic denouement.

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  • Katharine O.

    Thanks for having me - really enjoyed it last night. Some great discussions :)

    1 · May 20

  • Roz H.

    Hi all... I'm afraid I wont be able to come tonight now. (A combination of not finishing the book and babysitter issues.) Have fun though and I'll see you next time. Roz

    May 19

  • John I.

    Hi Sheila
    I'm not able to come to the discussion tonight and regret having to pull out so late but next time I'll make more effort !

    May 19

  • Sheila C

    Thanks everyone for a really interesting discussion - you almost persuaded me I liked the book - almost...

    1 · May 19

  • Emma J.

    I am also going to miss tonight's session, I'm unwell. So sorry, I was really looking forward to it. Emma

    May 19

  • Maureen

    Hi - I haven't finished the book but will still come.

    1 · May 19

  • michael

    My apologies I won't be able to make this one. Hope to see you all next time.

    May 17

  • Jessie H.

    Sorry,I did not have time to finish the book.Have a great discussion.

    May 17

  • marie o.

    sorry wont be able to make this one, hope it goes well

    April 9

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