The Double: The Original 1846 Fyodor Dostoevsky Novel

The Double: The Original 1846 Fyodor Dostoevsky Novel

‘This, gentlemen, is my rule: if I fail I don’t lose heart, if I succeed I persevere, and in any case I am never underhand. I’m not one to intrigue - and I’m proud of it.!’

First published in 1846, The Double is one of the finest of Dostoevsky’s shorter works. It is a doppelgänger literature classic.

The morbidly sensitive and pretentious clerk Golyadkin, who is already mentally disturbed due to the social demands of his employment and unrequited love, develops a persecution mania, which leads him to meet another man who looks precisely like him and is the leader of a conspiracy against him. A series of encounters with this being eventually drives him insane and lands him in an asylum.

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