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By Fyodor Dostoevsky, Richard Pevear, Larissa Volokhonsky

The narrator and protagonist of Dostoevsky’s novel The Adolescent (first released in English as A uncooked adolescence) is Arkady Dolgoruky, a na•ve 19-year-old boy bursting with ambition and evaluations. The illegitimate son of a dissipated landowner, he's torn among his wish to reveal his father’s wrongdoing and the will to win his love. He travels to St. Petersburg to confront the daddy he slightly is familiar with, encouraged by way of an inchoate dream of communion and armed with a mysterious rfile that he believes supplies him energy over others. This new English model by means of the main acclaimed of Dostoevsky’s translators is a masterpiece of pathos and excessive comedy.

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The narrator and protagonist of Dostoevsky’s novel The Adolescent (first released in English as A uncooked adolescence) is Arkady Dolgoruky, a na•ve 19-year-old boy bursting with ambition and evaluations. The illegitimate son of a dissipated landowner, he's torn among his wish to disclose his father’s wrongdoing and the need to win his love.

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All night I sat and read, I was so captivated," the poet told him. "And what freshness, my dear fellow, what freshness you have! " Thirty years before, Nekrasov had greeted Dostoevsky's first novel, Poor Folk, with the same enthusiasm and had been largely responsible for his initial success. This closing of the circle must have moved Dostoevsky deeply. In fact, Nekrasov even has a certain presence in The Adolescent. The figure of Makar Dolgoruky is based in part on the description of the old peasant wanderer in Nekrasov's poem "Vlas," as Dostoevsky signals by having Versilov quote a line from it when he first describes Makar to Arkady.

He had been considering a space of five years, but decided: "... better make it a year. " The Russia of the 1870s thus appears as the sum of all the conflicts and contradictions that enter Arkady's consciousness in the space of those few days, as he comes to understand them, and insofar as he comes to understand them, a year later. This simultaneity and juxtaposition of events in an extremely restricted time frame leads to a downplaying of the importance of the linear plot — the fabula, as he liked to call it - in Dostoevsky's novels.

I've noticed that about myself more than once in my verbal relations with people during this last fateful year and have suffered much from it. Though I'm starting with the nineteenth of September, I'll still put in a word or two about who I am, where I was before then, and therefore also what might have been in my head, at least partly, on that morning of the nineteenth of September, so that it will be more understandable to the reader, and maybe to me as well. III I am a high-school graduate, and am now going on twenty-one.

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