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An exquisite and damning study of society in 19th century Russia.
on 16 October 2017
It is not for the likes of me – educated in science, rather than literature – to give a scholarly review of one of the world’s greatest novels. But as a caustic satire on the vacuous nature of aspiring upper classes in 19th Century Russia, this work is almost perfect. The characterizations, conversations and descriptions of St Petersburg life are vivid and lastingly real. If you enjoy Jane Austen, George Eliot or Dickens, you will love Dostoyevsky.
Prepare to struggle with characters having complex and confusing names – including patronymics and diminutives. And understand that you will need a much longer attention span to follow the story details than is usual in our frenzied paced, media-infested society today.
And choose your translation with care. There are cheap ones available as Kindle books which are riddled with confusing misprints, some of which run continuously through the text. Read each edition’s free sample before making your choice. This Harper Perennial Classics edition is not bad but still contains too many irritating misprints.