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Humiliated and Insulted (Oneworld Classics) Paperback – 22 Apr 2008

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  • Paperback: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Oneworld Classics Ltd (22 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184749045X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847490452
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.8 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 863,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky was born in Moscow in 1821, the second of a physician's seven children. His mother died in 1837 and his father was murdered a little over two years later. When he left his private boarding school in Moscow he studied from 1838 to 1843 at the Military Engineering College in St Petersburg, graduating with officer's rank. His first story to be published, 'Poor Folk' (1846), was a great success.

In 1849 he was arrested and sentenced to death for participating in the 'Petrashevsky circle'; he was reprieved at the last moment but sentenced to penal servitude, and until 1854 he lived in a convict prison at Omsk, Siberia. In the decade following his return from exile he wrote The Village of Stepanchikovo (1859) and The House of the Dead (1860). Whereas the latter draws heavily on his experiences in prison, the former inhabits a completely different world, shot through with comedy and satire.

In 1861 he began the review Vremya (Time) with his brother; in 1862 and 1863 he went abroad, where he strengthened his anti-European outlook, met Mlle Suslova, who was the model for many of his heroines, and gave way to his passion for gambling. In the following years he fell deeply in debt, but in 1867 he married Anna Grigoryevna Snitkina (his second wife), who helped to rescue him from his financial morass. They lived abroad for four years, then in 1873 he was invited to edit Grazhdanin (The Citizen), to which he contributed his Diary of a Writer. From 1876 the latter was issued separately and had a large circulation. In 1880 he delivered his famous address at the unveiling of Pushkin's memorial in Moscow; he died six months later in 1881. Most of his important works were written after 1864: Notes from Underground (1864), Crime and Punishment (1865-6), The Gambler (1866), The Idiot (1869), The Devils (1871) and The Brothers Karamazov (1880).



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New translation and only edition in print of one of Dostoevsky's lesser known novels.

Includes photographs, a 10,000-word section on Dostoevsky's life and works, with a longer chapter on Humiliated and Insulted, anecdotes, critical perspectives, adaptations and spin-offs.

Lavishly produced on natural, high-quality paper, and affordably priced.

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Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-82) is one of the greatest and most influential writers of all time.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lost John TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Oct. 2009
Format: Paperback
It may be that most people start Dostoevsky with Crime and Punishment (Penguin Translated Texts) and then, if they finish that at all, never pick up anything else by him - as for many years I didn't. Now this edition of Humiliated and Insulted is available, a far better place to start would be with this, and it would be a surprise if it did not kindle, or re-kindle, an interest in reading more Dostoevsky.

It's a well-paced detective story, replete with love interest, and the bonus that the young narrator is identifiably Dostoevsky himself. The setting and writing are of their time; mid-nineteenth century St Petersburg as described in the novel drawing ready comparison with the same period in London as described by Charles Dickens and, a little later, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The best known novels of Wilkie Collins, The Woman in White (Penguin Classics) and The Moonstone (Penguin Classics), also spring to mind; the former being more or less contemporary with Humiliated and Insulted, but The Moonstone not until Collins had had time to read and perhaps be influenced by Dostoevsky.

The One World Classics series is always worth attention, especially for its Russian works.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Wright on 31 Aug. 2008
Format: Paperback
This is a moment for a double celebration. Not only is this a long overdue revival of an almost forgotten Dostoevski classic but it comes in a great new Ignat Avsey translation.

I once flipped through a library edition of the now out of date Constance Garnett version and was not impressed. But this is something completely different. The new translation of 'Humiliated and Insulted' draws you straight into Dostoevski's St Petersburg and a fast-moving detective story of young lovers, unforgiving parents, wicked aristocrats and sordid brothel keepers. Furthermore the central character and narrator is none other than the young writer Dostoevski himself.

The insights into the author's early life plus a mass of fascinating notes and additional material provided by the translator make this a must for all Dostoevski fans. And indeed at a mere 356 action-packed pages it would be a good starting point for anyone who has thought that Dostoevski's later great novels were too weighty to attempt.

As in his other translations,'The Karamazov Brothers' and 'The Village of Stepanchikovo', Avsey shows an amazing facility to be totally up to date and yet completely suitable for the period. At no point would you think for a moment that you were reading anything but the novelist's original prose.

It seems that these two guys were made for each other. So roll on the next Dostoevski/Avsey production.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By P. A. Khoroche on 9 Feb. 2009
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This is not merely a superb translation--vivid, flowing, idiomatic--but virtually a rediscovery of a Dostoevsky classic that previous translations had consigned to oblivion. The intensity and pace of the original is matched by Avsey's version, which does not let you out of its grip till the last page.
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