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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (972 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Fyodor Dostoevsky Narrator: Nick Sullivan Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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First published in 1846, Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s novella The Double is a classic doppelganger and the second major work published by the author. It is the story of Yakov Petrovich Golyadkin, a government clerk who believes that a fellow clerk has taken over his identity and is determined to bring about his ruin. Considered the most Gogolesque of Dostoyevsky’s works, the novella brilliantly depicts Golyadkin’s descent into madness in a way that is hauntingly poetic. The Double illustrates Dostoyevsky’s uncanny ability at capturing the complexity of human emotion, especially the darker side of the human psyche.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The novels of Dostoevsky are seething whirlpools, gyrating sandstorms, waterspouts which hiss and boil and suck us in. They are composed purely and wholly of the stuff of the soul. Against our wills we are drawn in, whirled round, blinded, suffocated, and at the same time filled with a giddy rapture.”

    Virginia Woolf

  • “One of the most outstanding and influential writers of modern literature.”

    The Reader’s Encyclopedia

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Leslie | 2/20/2014

    " Loved The Gambler, but could have done without The Double. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Neil Randall | 2/14/2014

    " The ultimate in terror - you go to your suffocating, spirit crushing office job and see your exact double - clothes, looks - sitting opposite. Paranoia gone mad. Nabokov called it 'one of the finest books in the Russian literary canon'. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ben | 2/2/2014

    " Just finished the Double.. I wish I had someone I could talk to to help me understand it better. It was a bit difficult to follow at points, but I did enjoy it. I would read it again with a better understanding. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lex | 2/1/2014

    " I was not a fan of The Double. The plot didn't keep my attention (maybe because the author goes into such great detail about the most meaningless things). If the book just contained this story alone I would have given this book a lower score. But fortunately I also have The Gambler. I don't know about the author's other works, so far all i have read between him was these stories and Crime and Punishment, but the whole story was written in the first person. The fact that it was written this way and that the story itself was so interesting is the reason that I found myself reading every time I had a minute of free time. "

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