(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)This superb new translation—never before published—of one of Dostoevsky’s major novels comes from the award-winning translators Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky. The Adolescent (originally published in English as A Raw Youth) is markedly different in tone from... show more
(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)This superb new translation—never before published—of one of Dostoevsky’s major novels comes from the award-winning translators Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky. The Adolescent (originally published in English as A Raw Youth) is markedly different in tone from Dostoevsky’s other masterpieces. It is told from the point of view of the nineteen-year-old narrator, whose immaturity, freshness, and naïveté are unforgettably reflected in his narrative voice.The illegitimate son of a landowner, Arkady Dolgoruky was raised by foster parents and tutors, and has scarcely ever seen his father, Versilov, and his mother, Versilov’s peasant common-law wife. Arkady goes to Petersburg to meet this “accidental family” and to confront the father who dominates his imagination and whom he both disdains and longs to impress. Having sewn into his coat a document that he believes gives him power over others, Arkady proceeds with an irrepressible youthful volatility that withstands blunders and humiliations at every turn. Dostoevsky masterfully depicts adolescence as a state of uncertainty, ignorance, and incompleteness, but also of richness and exuberance, in which everything is still possible. His tale of a youth finding his way in the disorder of Russian society in the 1870s is a high and serious comedy that borders on both farce and tragedy.
Publish date: November 11th 2003
Publisher: Everyman's Library
Pages no: 520
Edition language: English
Rarely have I read something where a teenage is this well drawn. That in itself is really impressive. Though it feels less consequential than The Possessed, I liked this better as the hysterical (in two ways) behaviour of the characters seems more believable. His usual tricks are on full display ...
It is certainly less serious novel than any other of his novels. Of course less serious only in comparison to his other works does not mean that it is light and fluffy. I think it is a fine novel, but I am very fond of coming of age stories and to me, a lot of over the top thoughts, desires, ideas o...