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The Village of Stepanchikovo And Its Inhabitants: from the Notes of an Unknown by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Ignat Avsey

The Village of Stepanchikovo And Its Inhabitants: from the Notes of an Unknown



The Village of Stepanchikovo And Its Inhabitants: from the Notes of an Unknown by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Ignat Avsey

Summoned to the country estate of his wealthy uncle Colonel Yegor Rostanev, the young student Sergey Aleksandrovich finds himself thrown into a startling bedlam. For as he soon sees, his meek and kind-hearted uncle is wholly dominated by a pretentious and despotic pseudo-intellectual named Opiskin, a charlatan who has ingratiated himself with Yegor's mother and now holds the entire household under his thumb. Watching the absurd theatrics of this domestic tyrant over forty-eight explosive hours, Sergey grows increasingly furious - until at last, he feels compelled to act. A compelling comic exploration of petty tyranny, The Village of Stepanchikovo reveals a delight in life's wild absurdities that rivals even Gogol's. It also offers a fascinating insight into the genesis of the characters and situations of many of Dostoyevsky's great later novels, including The Idiot, Devils and The Brothers Karamazov.

About the Author

Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881) was a Russian novelist, journalist, short-story writer whose psychological penetration into the human soul had a profound influence on the 20th century novel. Notes from the Underground was followed by Crime and Punishment, (1866) an account of an individual's fall and redemption, The Idiot, (1868) depicting a Christ-like figure, Prince Myshkin, and The Possessed, (1871) an exploration of philosophical nihilism. Translated with an introduction by Ignat Avsey

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Publication date

29th June 1995


Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Ignat Avsey

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Penguin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd


224 pages


Classic fiction (pre c 1945)



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