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The narrator and protagonist of Dostoevsky's novel The Adolescent (first published in English as A Raw Youth) is Arkady Dolgoruky, a naive 19-year-old boy bursting with ambition and opinions. The illegitimate son of a dissipated landowner, he is torn between his desire to expose his father's wrongdoing and the desire to win his love. He travels to St. Petersburg to confront the father he barely knows, inspired by an inchoate dream of communion and armed with a mysterious document that he believes gives him power over others. This new English version by the most acclaimed of Dostoevsky's translators is a masterpiece of pathos and high comedy.

©2013 Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky (P)2019 Tantor

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An Oft-Forgotten Dostoevsky Gem

One of his last novels, The Adolescent (f/k/a A Raw Youth), tells of a young man starting life on his own in Russia with an eccentric and dark family saga. I mean, socialism is still wrong, but we can forgive the youthful ignorance of these characters. The tone, style, and pace are incredible, they scream adolescence for all 28 hours. Despite the critics, this P&V transition brings this oft-forgotten classic to life all over again.

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